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Graveside Service

Keener Cemetery
Saturday June 15th, 2019
2:00pm

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Interment at: Keener Cemetery

Keener Cemetery
Saturday June 15th, 2019
2:00pm

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Catherine Haire Dillard

Catherine Haire Dillard - February 28, 1923 to May 23, 2019. Catherine, more affectionately known as Miz Kitty, was born in Macon, Georgia, on February 28, 1923, and was the daughter of Florine H. and Joseph C. Haire. She died on May 23, 2019 at home. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Florine Haire and Palmer Waters; her husband, William Broadus ("W.B.") Dillard; sons William Broadus ("Little Bill") Dillard, Jr., and Joseph Cooper Dillard; and daughter, Jane Austin Dillard. She will be sorely missed by her daughters, Catherine Collins and Mary Miller (Ronnie); sons, Jim Dillard and Tom Dillard (Nancy); grandchildren, Georgia Miller and Will Miller; great grandson, Brayden Miller; grandchildren Ginny Holloway (Scott) and Phillip Armfield (Christina); great grandchildren Alex and Zach Holloway and Kayla and Madelynne Armfield; special niece, Cathy Chafin; and special cousin, Bobby Puryear. Kitty graduated from A.L. Miller High School for Girls in Macon, Georgia. She and W.B. married in 1941 and eventually settled in Jackson County, North Carolina, where she lived for more than 50 years before moving to Talbott, and then, Knoxville, Tennessee. She was a stay-at-home mom who rarely stayed at home; she supported her husband in many of his endeavors, including her being the chief cook and bottle washer at the Fryemont Inn during its rebirth as well as managing the Forest Hills Country Club when he started it. She owned and cavalierly operated The Paper Chase, a paperback book exchange, for a number of years. Kitty's tongue could be quite tart, but she was generous of heart and was very often the silent benefactor for those in less fortunate circumstances. W.B. and Kitty were instrumental in the building of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva and were ardent supporters of the Fontana Regional Library Bookmobile. Kitty ardently served as a Trustee of Southwestern Community College from 1982 to1995, where she was also a student taking computer, photography, and woodworking classes. She volunteered in the SCC Adult Literacy Program helping teach adults to learn how to read. She was an avid reader, collector of books (and many other things), photographer, bird watcher, amazing cook and hostess, and absorber of facts. She was known for hosting an enormous table at Thanksgiving and Christmas which was set with people of all walks of life and from across the political spectrum. She was creative, innovative, and ahead of her time: she hated those metal glasses holders, so she used cotton shoestrings to keep her glasses around her neck (oh, for the patent on that!); she famously "corrected" Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville lyrics to "Looking for my lost circular saw"; she spray painted all of her tools bright orange to be easily spotted if any miscreant "borrowed" them; and most notably, in the 1950's she mail-ordered and had seat belts installed in her vehicles to keep her children safe. Miz Kitty loved to travel and almost fulfilled her goal of visiting every state in the Union (she decided the trip to Hawaii was just too long in an airplane). She truly loved Jekyll Island, Georgia, where she and W.B. accidentally landed in 1964, and she spent as much time there as possible for the next 50 years. Her family would like to thank her caregivers for the past few years: Alicia, Lisa, Brittany, Clementine, Deborah, and Martha, and nurses Niki and Mike of Amedysis Hospice. She never failed to keep them entertained. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Keener Cemetery in Sylva, North Carolina, with a gathering of family and friends to follow at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Nancy Dillard, 50 Paw Paw Cove, Sylva, North Carolina. The family will also receive friends at Tom and Nancy's home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14, where her family and friends will continue to look for her lost circular saw. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Southwestern Community College Foundation for The William B. and Catherine H. Dillard Endowed Scholarship at Southwestern Community College, 447 College Drive, Sylva, NC 28779 (online at https://www.southwesterncc.edu/foundation) or the charity of your choice, and plant some birch trees or daisies to enjoy for years to come (and please feed the birds). .

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She and I remained close for many years, and I'd hoped to touch base with her again recently. Wish I'd done so sooner....May she rest in peace and know that her wit is missed. My condolences to all of you....

Toni Knott Jun 10 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Catherine Dillard

Toni Knott Jun 10 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Family, You have my sympathy. I did not know until after the visitation and service. I always enjoyed seeing Kitty and talking to her. She was a very knowledgeable and interesting person, as well as, humorous on many occasions. All of you are special to me. Love and Prayers, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Stillwell Jun 3 2019 12:00 AM

We are so sorry Miss Kitty has left us. she has been missed. you took very good are of her during her decline. God bless you all jamie

jamie daly Jun 2 2019 12:00 AM

Catherine, Mary, Jim, and Tom, I was in awe of your spirited Mother. She had a wit and style all her own. That generation, including my inlaws Phyllis and Bob, had some great stories to tell that would make our ears burn! They loved each other, enjoyed great food, drink, and laughs, and loved their children. I smile and think of them in their prime and living life to the fullest. Love to all of you! Prayers for good memories to flood over you like a soft wind on a summer day.

Jo-Ann Whiteside May 31 2019 12:00 AM

Your light will always shine bright because of the many you helped and touched throughout your lifetime. Rest well.My sympathy for the family and many friends.

Sandra Bedk May 31 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Catherine Dillard

Sandra Bedk May 31 2019 12:00 AM

Mizz Kitty will be missed by our family, but we will cherish the memories we made with her: she (and Catherine) made sure Dave wasnt alone on his birthday and Fathers Day 2008 in Knoxville...and of course Mizz Kitty allowing a 2-year old David Paul to pilot her motorized scooter at the Komen Race for the Cure!

Dave, Julie, Madeline & David Paul Lewen May 31 2019 12:00 AM

Tom, my prayers are with you, Nancy and your family. Much love to all of you. God bless

Theda Haney May 30 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about the passing of sweet Miz Kitty. Lots of beautiful memories were created over the years and I know you all will share many stories over the next few weeks. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sending hugs and love.

Dagmar Stewart May 30 2019 12:00 AM

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