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Appalachian Funeral Services
Tuesday August 10th, 2021
12:00pm - 2:00pm

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Appalachian Funeral Services
Tuesday August 10th, 2021
2:00pm

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Jerry Dills

Jerry Dills, 79, of Sylva, NC transitioned to heaven on August 6, 2021 with his loving wife and daughters by his side. Jerry was the husband of Winifred Brown Dills and the son of the late Charles Ernest Dills and Mattie Jacobs Dills of Dillsboro, NC. Jerry had three daughters, Lisa and Sean Barr of Gainesville, GA, Stephanie and Todd Baucom of Cullowhee, NC and Glenice and Craig Roberts of Asheville. Jerry had nine grandchildren, one grandchild in heaven and three great grandchildren.

Jerry is the brother of Peggy Garwood and Charlie Dills of Sylva, NC. He also had numerous special nieces in his life as well.

Jerry was a local business owner in Jackson County his entire life. Jerry was a successful restaurateur for portions of four decades. He owned and operated Robbie’s Charburger in the 70’s and the recent twenty-tens, Jerry’s in Cullowhee in the 80’s and the Burger Shak during the 90’s and early 2000’s. He had a passion for providing quality food at a reasonable price and cherished the friendships he built over those decades, while feeding significant portions of Jackson County on a daily basis. In addition to his restaurant enterprises he hauled gravel around the county and was known as the “go to” guy with local grading contractors when they had a difficult location to place gravel. He operated a successful Christmas Tree Farm at the end of Robinson Creek Road in the Big Ridge Community. The tree farm was a place he loved to spend time, working the land, hosting fish fries with the Coon Hunting Club and cherishing the time spent in these Jackson County mountains he called home. Jerry also had a rollback and operated a small towing and hauling business, a trade and skill he learned from his father.

Jerry opened and successfully operated the first package store in Sylva in the early 80’s.

Jerry and Winnie developed rental properties with spectacular views above their home where others could come and enjoy the beauty of his hometown. They have cherished and are forever grateful for lifelong friendships they developed along the way with people who have come to love their little place in paradise.

One of Jerry’s greatest pleasures was cultivating relationships with his close circle of friends who were like brothers/sons to him. Whether it was a fishing trip to Florida, working on something around the property or just a lunch amongst friends, he valued his time with each one. Jerry was quick witted and always loved to make others laugh. He truly touched the lives of the many people that he crossed paths each day.

Funeral services will be held on August 10, 2021 at 2:00pm with visitation with the family from 12:00-2:00pm at Appalachian Funeral Home in Sylva, NC. Services will be conducted by the Reverends Mike Moore, Bo Brown and Craig Roberts. Pallbearers will be his six grandsons, Mattison Clark, Dillon Roberts, Devin Roberts, Dannon Roberts, Christopher Turpin and Brett Baucom. “Special Son” and Honorary Pallbearer, David A. Broce. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Four Seasons Foundation Angel Fund to ensure that residents of Western NC can continue to receive Hospice Care at no cost to the patient. Donations can be made online at https://fourseasonsfdn.teleioscn.org/angel-fund or call (828) 513-2440


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So sorry for your loss you have many memories!

Barbara Lusby Aug 14 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. He really did make my life better for knowing him. RIP my Brother and God's Blessings be with you.

Allen Field Aug 11 2021 12:00 AM

My condolences to family and friends! Jimmy Ashe and family

Jimmy Ashe Aug 8 2021 12:00 AM

Shirley Denton Ensley Aug 8 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerry Dills

Shirley Denton Ensley Aug 8 2021 12:00 AM

Winnie is am so sorry to hear about Jerry. I think of him and it think of good good and good cheer. He will be missed by anyone who knew him. Thoughts, prayers and love. He was one of the "good guys".

Betty Crawford Aug 8 2021 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear about Jerry! He did alot of gravel hauling for us and he was one of my favorite Clients. He was always so nice while cutting his hair. I'm going to miss him. We will keep youll in our prayers. God Bless! Doug and Machelle Samuel

Machelle Samuel Aug 8 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerry Dills

Machelle Samuel Aug 8 2021 12:00 AM

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A candle was lit in memory of Jerry Dills

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