Clara “Mama Sue” Dills, 92, of Webster went home to be with the Lord surrounded by her family, Monday, May 27, 2019.

A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Amanda Holderman. Mama Sue was a member of Sylva First Baptist Church and cherished her Ruth Sunday School Class. She loved to read, cook, do arts and crafts and especially loved spending time with her granddaughters.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, John Robert Dills; and her four sisters, Nellie Mae Higginbotham, Dorothy Hoppes, Bueton Fercken and Iva Jean Harrison.

She is survived by son, John Daniel Dills (Glenda) of Webster; daughter, Susan Farris of Webster; three granddaughters, Shelley Dills of Stallings, N.C., Natalie Lester of Matthews, N.C., Brooke Drum (Todd) of Dillsboro; two great-granddaughters, Abbie and Mia Lester.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today (Thursday May 30, 2019) at Sylva First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Mathis officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Burial will follow in Dills Cemetery on Fisher Creek.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Raise the Roof Campaign, c/o Sylva First Baptist Church, 669 W. Main St., Sylva, NC 28779.

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