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Christine Daniel Dillon

December 10, 1938 October 6, 2019
Christine Daniel Dillon
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Christine Daniel Dillon formerly of Belhaven, NC died at home in Farmville October 6, 2019 after a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 80 surrounded by her children. The heavens were roaring and angels were singing as she was welcomed into the arms of her Heavenly Father.

The funeral service will be conducted Friday, October 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel, Greenville, NC. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the funeral home from 12:30 pm until 1:45 pm. Private interment will follow the next day in Whitakers, NC.


Christine is preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years Ronald David Dillon. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her brother, Douglas Daniel; and sisters, Roxie Davis and Ramona Pridgen. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Thorne (Jimmy) of Rocky Mount; son, Stuart Dillon (Allison) of Winterville; daughter, Aileen Batchelor (Chris) of Hampstead; four grandchildren, Angela Pucella (Pete), Melissa Owens (T.J.), Jennifer Jones (Kevin) and Grady Dillon; six great grandchildren, Bradley, Kaylee, Peter, Cameron, Chase, and Bryce; sister, Carrie Pullen of Roanoke Rapids; furry friend and companion, Rebel.

Christine was born in Nash County, NC to the late Katherine Muriel Bissette and Dee Willard Daniel. She graduated from Nashville High School in 1957 and was a member of their girl’s varsity basketball team. Until her death, she maintained lifelong friendships with classmates Vivienne, Mary Elizabeth, Muff, and Mary. They all enjoyed gathering for the high school’s class reunions that always culminated with the traditional class picture.

As a devoted Air Force military wife, Christine supported her husband’s military career which took her to places across the country to include Virginia, Hawaii, Texas, South Carolina, and eventually back home to North Carolina. Christine raised her children by example, instilling in them those important core values that she believed would help them succeed in life. She helped support her family with various jobs throughout the years to include employment with Pate Dawson, BarcaLounger, and retirement from Dupont with 15 years of service. It was at Dupont that Christine met one of her closest and dearest friends Virginia Mayo. In her post retirement years, Mrs. “D”, as she was referred to, along with her husband were well known in eastern North Carolina for Dillon’s Aviation, Inc. where many in the aviation community passed through their family owned business learning to fly and working on aircraft, ultimately finding a genuine home where they could foster their aviation dreams.

Christine loved to travel and like most wives insisted on her husband joining her when he could. They made memories of a lifetime traveling across country in a motor home with her beloved sister Carrie and husband. For many years, she and her three sisters would have a “sister’s weekend” often traveling to Pennsylvania and Myrtle Beach, SC to shop until they dropped and to see the various variety shows. They also never missed out on a chance to play the card game Skip-Bo. Later, additional shopping excursions would include daughters and close family friends like Mary Anne Parks. All it took was for someone to say “let’s go” and Christine was ready to travel as was the case with her good friend Gracie O’Neil.

Christine adored her grandchildren and loved doing things with them and taking them to places like the beach and amusement parks. In the more recent years, she thoroughly enjoyed having her great grandchildren come to visit her and shower her with their love and kisses.

After moving to Farmville, Christine enjoyed attending Open Door Church with her son and his family. She found the music and sermons uplifting and saw firsthand what amazing things they were doing in the lives of our youth.

The last love of Christine’s life was quilting. She was an active member of the quilting guild Threads of the Pungo. Through her quilting of handbags, lap quilts, and bed quilts, she was able to touch so many lives through her quilt contributions to Relay for Life, Habitat For Humanity, Quilts of Valor, and The Kennedy Home. Her passion for quilting also drew her close to her neighbors and best friends in Belhaven Dottie Williams and Pam Qualic. Seriously, they sewed or quilted almost every day. This meant that everyone in her family was blessed with a homemade quilt to cherish and use for a lifetime.


In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Threads of the Pungo, 289 Stephen Way, Belhaven, NC 27810 OR the Ronald D. Dillon Aviation Scholarship c/o The Foundation of Wayne Community College, P.O. Box 8002, Goldsboro, NC 27533.


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Visitation

Friday

11

Oct

12:30 PM 10/11/2019 12:30:00 PM - 1:45 PM 10/11/2019 1:45:00 PM
Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville

2100 East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858

Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville
2100 East Fifth Street Greenville 27858 NC
United States

Service

Friday

11

Oct

2:00 PM 10/11/2019 2:00:00 PM
Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville

2100 East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858

Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville
2100 East Fifth Street Greenville 27858 NC
United States
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