George Johnston Dillard

George Johnston Dillard, 89, of Graham, NC passed away at AuthoraCare Hospice Home on Monday, July 8, 2024.

A native of New Hanover County, he was the husband of 66 years to Patricia “Pat” Dillard, who survives and the son of Clifton Randolph “C.R.” Dillard (father), Mary Lou Johnston Dillard (mother who passed away at his birth), and Margaret Homewood Dillard (mother who raised him), all deceased.

George was founder and former owner of Tar Heel Drug, Inc. in Graham, NC. He was an avid Tar Heel fan and inducted into the City of Graham Sports Hall of Honor. George was a member of Graham Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder.

In addition to his wife of their home, survivors include three sons, Jeff (Teresa) Dillard of Simpsonville, SC, Dave (Lynne) Dillard of Graham, NC, and Cliff Dillard of New Bern, NC; five grandchildren, Amanda (Adam) Miller of Graham, NC, Zack (Jessica) Dillard of Atlanta, GA; Cassie (Brandon) Maxwell of Houston, TX, Jake (Sammie) Dillard of New Braunfels, TX, and Stewart Dillard of Graham, NC; six great-grandchildren, Carter Miller, Claire Miller, Riley Maxwell, Reese Dillard, Griffin Maxwell, and Declan Dillard; many nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Eleanor Knott, Bettye Jo Horne, and Barbara Meschke and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Rich & Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory in Graham on Friday, July 12, 2024 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at Graham Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Graham Presbyterian Community Life Center, P.O. Box 1089, Graham, NC 27253 or to a charity of choice.