Alan Gault Dillard Jr.
March 29, 1939 – May 9, 2019
Alan Gault Dillard, Jr., 80, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2019 with family by his side in Charlottesville, Virginia. Alan is survived by his wife Daphne “Penny” Dillard, children Sharon Mast and husband Rick, Sandy van der Vaart and husband Don and Alan Gault Dillard III (Trey) and wife Angela, brother Mitch, as well as eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Alan is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Gault Dillard, and daughter Sue Beckner. Alan was born on March 29,1939 in Richmond, Virginia to Mr. and Mrs. Alan Gault Dillard. He attended Fluvanna High School and then enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served for seven years as an aircraft mechanic. He married his high school sweetheart Penny and moved to San Antonio, Texas. The couple welcomed daughters Sharon, Sandy and Sue into their family and then returned to Virginia in 1964 where Alan worked as a Charlottesville City police officer. In 1970, Alan and Penny welcomed son Trey into their family. While working as a police officer, Alan developed a business paving driveways which eventually led to the founding of A.G. Dillard, Jr. Paving, Inc. in 1966. Over the next two decades, the business grew under Alan’s leadership to include grading, utilities and concrete services and ultimately led to him changing the company’s name to A.G. Dillard Inc. to better reflect its expansion. The reputation that he built for quality, timely completion and value are the foundations that the success and continued growth of A.G. Dillard Inc. were built on. Along with his career and work ethic, he had a passion for auto racing that started all the way back in Texas. He built and raced his own cars with much success in Texas and continued upon his return to Virginia. He gave up driving in the mid-1970s and took a break from motorsports before returning in the mid-1980s as a NASCAR team owner. He enjoyed success at the highest levels of stock car racing before retiring fully from the sport in the mid-1990s. He also enjoyed boating, working around his farm and watching University of Virginia sports. The family will receive visitors at Covenant Church 1025 Rio Road E. on Wednesday May 15 at 6-8pm. A funeral is scheduled for Thursday, May 16 at Covenant Church at 1pm, with a graveside service to follow at Monticello Memory Garden. Pete Hartwig will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Alan's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of the Piedmont 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy. Suite 300 Charlottesville, VA 22911 or City Church 1010 Rio Road E. Charlottesville , VA 22901. The family would like to thank Melanie Jones and Thelma Wingfield for their care and dedication.
- Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
- Church Service Thursday, May 16, 2019
Alan Gault Dillard Jr.
May 15, 2019
I will never forget the call from AG Dillard Motorsports I received in 1990 with a job offer to come work on the race team. Living in NH just turning 19 I knew this was a huge opportunity. After arriving in C'ville and getting started Alan welcomed me and made me feel right at home. It took no time to realize the level of passion and commitment he had to the sport of racing. He cut no corners and made sure we had what was needed. He always took care of us at and away from the track. Outside of racing Alan and Penny would take me along to football games and social events with their friends in town always introducing me to everyone that he could. These are just a few of many great memories I have of being around Alan. We all know that He leaves behind a great family...
My thoughts and prayers go out to them.
Thanks again for the opportunity back then that I have been able to make a career out of.
Rest in Peace my good Man.....
Curt Cloutier/ Nascar
Courtenay Fry Janes
May 13, 2019
As small and young children we cousins played together, and my sisters and I always loved and looked up to our cousin Alan, whom we called "Sonny," and his brother Mitch. We grew apart through the years, as happens, but still it was good to have them as part of our family and know they were there. Alan and his wife Penny were so good and solicitous to our parents, Alan's Uncle Vance and Aunt Virginia Fry, in their declining years, and for that we will always love them and think of them with warm and loving thoughts. Farewell, Sonny, and know we are so happy for where you are now, and that we loved you dearly.
Courtenay Fry Janes
May 12, 2019
Alan was a very personable outgoing guy, talented, hard working and a terrific salesperson. He almost got my son Eric and I involved in the Nascar racing scene which he seemed to love.
Pretty special for him to think of us who considered it advanced mechanics to add air to a tire. Alan had Sissy and I as his guest in his booth at a Charlotte 500 race. It was a memorable spectacle and one we would likely never have experienced had it not been for Alan's generosity.
Alan did all the infra structure for the fourth section of Johnson Village and did it well. He was a pleasure to do business with. I liked him a lot and was astounded at the bredth of his knowledge and interest. Through leadership, unrelenting effort and an affable disposition Alan definitely made positive contributions toward making this world, this community and his business better. Congratulations Alan for a life well lived, a life Penny and his children, and grandchildren can be very grateful and proud to have shared.
Carlos & Judy Viera
May 11, 2019
We were both very blessed and happy to have to met and known Alan in his last decade here with us. He was a very kind, gentle and gracious man. May God bless him and the entire Dillard family. Rest In Peace Alan.