James Ernest Dillard Sr., 83, had special passion for politics

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James Ernest Dillard Sr.
James Ernest Dillard Sr.

James Ernest Dillard Sr., a longtime resident of York County, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. James was born June 8, 1933, in Tabb, VA, to the late Mary Elizabeth and Jeremiah Dillard, Sr. He attended York County Training School. James met and married the late Evelyn Yvonne Carter Dillard, in 1960 and the couple had five children. James served in the United States Army and worked at Dominion Virginia Power for over 30 years.

James loved baseball, gardening and discussing current events with a special passion for politics. He worked relentlessly for causes he believed in and getting his particular candidate of choice elected at all levels. James was associated with the York Stars Baseball Organization for many years, as well as, the United Christian Brotherhood. He was a member of Zion Prospect Baptist Church and served in many roles, including Trustee and Men of Faith Men’s choir.

James was also preceded in death by his brothers, Emanuel Dillard, Sr., Jeremiah Dillard, Jr. and sisters, Mary Byrd, Arlene Malcolm and Christine Cannon. He leaves to cherish his memories, his six children, Wendy Dillard, Ronald Dillard, Andre Dillard, Denise Watkins, James Dillard, Jr. and Stephanie Dillard; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a sister, Claudette Cooke; three brothers, Eugene Dillard, Leon Dillard, Sr. and Wallace Dillard, Sr.; and a host of other relatives.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Zion Prospect Baptist Church, 408 Darby Road, Yorktown, VA. A viewing will be held on Friday, Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.