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Reeves Funeral Home

3308 North Main Street, Hope Mills, NC

OBITUARY

Harold Thomas Dillard

November 30, 1949November 1, 2019

Harold Thomas Dillard was born on November 30th, 1949 and passed peacefully on November 1st, 2019. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas C. Dillard; mother, Bonnie Spears Dillard; sisters, Annell Adams, Carolyn Bennetts and a brother Donald Dillard.

Harold was survived by his brother Jimmy Henley sister Mary Stuard and a host of family and friends who will miss him dearly. Harold served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He was best known as a connoisseur of Waffle House coffee and beloved softball coach.

A Visitation with friends and family will be held at Reeves Funeral Home in Hope Mills, NC on November 6th, from 7pm to 9pm. The memorial service will be held at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake NC on November 8th, at 10 am.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 8, 2019

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Deyonna Jimenez

November 6, 2019

I’ve lived across the street from Mr. Harold for quite a few years now. He was the most helpful and motivating of neighbors. He would share the eggs from his chickens with the boys across the street and they would help him cut his grass and take care of the chickens. He never met a stranger. I would occasionally see Mr. Harold at waffle house. But mostly it would be when I’m getting out of my car to come in the house and him hollering across the street to say hi and ask me how I’m doing. Not to mention he would always wave. I already miss that wave. We’re like a family around here. Miss ya already Mr. Harold. Rest Easy up there ❤️

Dianne Knott

November 6, 2019

RIP HAROLD. EVERY TIME I SAW YOU YOU WERE SMILING, LAUGHING AND CUTTING UP.

Brianna French

November 6, 2019

Coach Harold helped with my travel team he would always be at the tournaments and always believed in us even when we didn’t believe in ourselves. He knew what would put a smile on our faces. He was one of greatest people I ever met and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to know him. It always makes me smile when I think about him at tournaments riding around on his scooter with our softball cart attached to the back. He’s truly going to be missed. We all loved him very much. The softball field won’t be the same without him there. But he’s forever with us in our hearts. This photo is from one of my first tournaments with him.

Alaina Walker

November 5, 2019

Coach Harold was my first travel coach that truly cared about the girls. I first met him when playing with Lady Heat. Harold was the only Coach that pushed us and motivated us to be the best we could be. He showed me that even when you are hurt, you gotta push past it because your team, your family, is counting on you. Even when we were down as team, he was always able to bring us together. Coach Harold you will be missed greatly and never forgotten.

Una-Lee Evilsizer Sullivan

November 5, 2019

From the moment I met you Coach, I knew we would become Best Friends! I just never realized how much you would impact our lives! You quickly became a part of our family, The way you showed our girls your strength and determination fighting your cancer & never complaining to them or anyone ever about it, then you even showed up on the practice fields & coached our girls & Always encouraged them to stay positive & keep pushing forward no matter what, that is something they’ll have with them for the rest of their lives! Somehow through all of this you managed to go to so many of these girls school ball games cheering them on and letting them know they matter! Never asking for anything in return! I know in my heart the way you spoke with Mary-Lee & critiqued her on her batting & catching is what turned things around for her! You made her feel like she could do anything out there on that field, & you helping give her that confidence made all the difference in the world & brought her batting average up to a very respectable number! Because she listened to your advise! That’s because she heard you back there saying, “you know what to do...swing all the way through”...& once she connected with that ball hearing you yell, “YEAH! That’s my Girl” Meant everything to her! I have no doubts every time she hits a ball for the rest of her life, she is going to hear her Coach Harold’s voice saying that very line! “YEAH! That’s my Girl!” I know Johnnie didn’t come to very many tournaments but when he went to your house to help you out when your doggie was hurt, he told me “Mom, Coach Harold is REALLY a Great guy, isn’t he!” We TRULY LOVE YOU BEYOND MEASURE COACH!🥰You are so TERRIBLY MISSED ALREADY!😭 I PROMISE we will do our very best to carry on your legacy of “NEVER QUIT-NEVER SURRENDER”! Thank you for LOVING ALL OF US JUST AS WE ARE, in all of our CRAZINESS! (Maybe because of our craziness 🤷🏼‍♀️😍) Until we met again....All of my Love, Always & Forever, Forever & A Day! LOLHAK 💞💙💞

John Sullivan

November 5, 2019

Coach Harold you will be remembered fondly forever. Tomorrow we will gather to share our great memories of you as a Man, a Marine, a Friend, but most importantly to those closest to you as a Coach. You are loved by my family for all that you did to support the young woman you coached. Most have already realized that you were teaching them so much more than the game of softball. You were teaching them life’s most important lessons. Even at your sickest you continued to teach these young ladies how to fight, win, and never surrender. I haven’t met a person more giving of the most valuable gift you can give someone else. The gift of your time. We are so blessed to have benefited from your time and can only hope and pray to impact so many in the way that you have. Rest Easy Coach. Rest Easy Marine. Rest Easy Brother. We’ll take it from here. You’ve done more than your fair share.

Michael Corriveau

November 5, 2019

Mr. Harold as we know him will always hold a special place in our hearts. He might not have been blood relative to us, but was Sandra’s step dad, and our daughters step granddad. He was such a loving and caring man, normally joking around and always brought laughter to those around him. He shared his constant love of fishing, camping, pool playing and softball through his many stories. He has been part of our family for many years, and we enjoyed most holidays to include Birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. He traditionally always said grace at our table, then telling more stories and jokes. We valued everything that he has done for us and likewise helped him in his time of need. The impact he had on us and those around will carry on. You’ll truly be missed until we meet again. Michael, Sandra, Aimee, & Rachel

Annette Brasington

November 5, 2019

I have known Harold since grade school. He has always been a good friend and one of the best people I will ever know. My prayers are with his family. Rest in peace dear friend.

Alexia Hair

November 3, 2019

Coach Harold was a friend of my grandpas long before I began playing softball. After my grandpa passed I didn’t see him again until I started playing for rebellion. He would always sit and talk with me about my grandpa in between games. From the beginning Harold would give us pep talked before and after every game. Some times in between innings. We always fought harder after every pep talk. The girls and our team always came first, no matter how his health was. He never once complained and never once would tell us that he wasn’t feeling well or that there was something wrong. He always cheered us on, he always seen the best in us even after our mistake filled innings and after every game that wasn’t so good. Harold laughed through the girls sitting in his cart that he pulled his equipment around in and breaking the wheels off. Still pulling them around the field just laughing. Harold always pushed me and all the other girls to do succeed on and off the field. I appreciate everything you’ve done for us. The motivation, the pep talks, and the belief in the other girls and I. Until we see you again coach, rest easy up there. ❤️

Millie Leggio

November 2, 2019

Coach Harold you are more than just my Rebellion Coach you my brother you and I in the past 4 1/2 year have bonded like no other. From being in all our family gatherings, to sitting by your bed side, cleaning you up feeding you, rubbing your feet and back and most of all going to all the practices and tournaments with NO complaints. I would fuss you out and you would say Millie am ok I promise am gonna be ok. I use to say yeah ok remember am the one that’s in your appointments I know what’s going on. He use to just rolls his eyes up in the air and give me a stupid smirk. I promise I would be by your side to God takes one of us and he use to say pinky swear. And ofcourse we pinky swear. And as I promised I was there to God chose you first. God always takes the best. I miss you so much 💔. But until we meet again. Bonny & Clyde. I know you looking down at me telling me stop crying am ok. ❤️🙏😘

FROM THE FAMILY