Rev. David Lee Dillon Sr.

Published 8:01 am Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Rev. David Lee Dillon Sr., 61, a resident of Varnado, was peacefully called home on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe. He was the fifth of 12 children born to the late Leonard and Sophia Corine Jones Dillon on Nov. 30, 1951.

He united in holy matrimony on Aug. 26, 1972, with his wife, Linder M. Lewis Dillon. To this union three children were born, Andrea, LaScherinque and David L. Dillon Jr.

He united with the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church as a child, under the leadership of Pastor Ivy Williams. He was called into the ministry in 1998. He was later ordained by the Rev. Ivy Williams. In 2006, he was called to be pastor of Second Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Sandy Hook, Miss., which is where he remained until his death.

He began his career path at Crown-Zellerbach and his path then led him to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department, where he served as a deputy for 14 years prior to serving eight years as a Washington Parish police juror. After his tenure as a police juror was completed, he was employed by the Bogalusa Medical Center until he was called into the ministry in 1998.

He leaves to cherish his memories his faithful and devoted wife of 40 years, Linder M. Lewis Dillon; three daughters, Shelita (Jovon) Robertson of Bogalusa, Andrea M. (Toriano) Sopsher of Amite and LaSherinque Dillon of Dallas, Texas; one son, David L. Dillon Jr. of Amite; four sisters, Leona D. Bickham, Doris M. (Huey Sr.) Bickham and Patricia (Robert) Temple, all of Angie, and Cynthia Robertson of Denham Springs; five brothers, Lucious (Linda) Dillon of Sharon, Mass., Leonard (Stephanie) Dillon Jr. of Mansfield, Ohio, William H. (Doris) Dillon and Ray C. (Selastine) Dillon, both of Angie, Mitchell G. (Ruth) Dillon of Ponchatoula and Samuel (Catherine) Collins of Sebring, Fla.; four godbrothers, Minister Jessie Bickham, Thomas Singleton, Elvis Singleton and Henry Singleton; three godsisters, Clara S. Maurice, Joyce S. Smith and Janet Singleton; four godchildren, LaDarrick Smith, Antonio Harry, Shanita Weary and Ron Harvey. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his loving mother and father; one sister, Gloria J. Dillon; one brother, Bernard Dillon Sr.; and his godmother, Willie Singleton.

He will be remembered by many people because he leaves a legacy of lives he touched in a positive way throughout the communities. He played sports, mentored children and coached children’s sports.

A husband, father, brother and friend, God has taken you to your mansion he promised, but we will miss you, and thanks for leaving such great memories for us to cherish.

Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 18 in the chapel of Crain & Sons Funeral Home in Bogalusa from 2-6 p.m., followed by a family hour from 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday at Second Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 137 North Patten Road in Sandy Hook, at 1 p.m., with Rev. George Coney officiating. Interment will follow at Dillon Cemetery in Angie.

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