Roy Dillard


Roy Dillard of Sylva, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 19, 2021.

He was the son of the late James Lee and Covia Hoglen Dillard. Roy was a member of Wilmot Baptist Church, an Army veteran, and the former owner of Candy Service, Inc., known by his customers as “The Candy Man.”

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Melissa Jones Dillard, who he loved and missed dearly. Roy was also preceded in death by his sisters, Fern Raby, Shirley Brooks and Joyce Dowdle.

He is survived by one sister, Tommie Sue Curtis of Simpsonville, S.C.; daughter, Donna Revis, and her husband, Mike Revis, whom he thought of as a son; one son, Ben Dillard, and his wife Valerie Dillard, who Roy thought of as another daughter; four grandchildren, Jake Revis (Hannah Doolittle), Mandy Tessin (Kevin Tessin), Faith Dillard (Jonathan Brooks) and Josiah Dillard; two great-grandchildren, Leyton Grasty and Blayke Tessin.

Without a doubt, Roy loved and adored each of his grandchildren, always making sure there was an overflowing bowl of candy waiting for them at his house. He enjoyed relaxing on his back deck, watching the birds and drinking many cups of coffee. Last but not least, his favorite breakfast food was a sausage biscuit from McDonald’s.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with his son, Ben Dillard, Rev. Charles Dean and Rev. Johnny Ray Davis officiating.

The family received friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nations Creek Cemetery Fund, c/o Ceretta Davis, 733 Thomas Valley Road, Whittier, NC 28789.