Arthur "Ott" Wayne Dillingham

March 26, 1948April 4, 2019

Arthur “Ott” Wayne Dillingham, age 71, of Newton, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at his residence.

Born March 26, 1948 in McDowell County, NC, he was the son of the late Wayne Curtis Dillingham and Ossie Beatrice Harvey Dillingham.

Ott retired from Prysmian (formerly Alcatel) and was a veteran of the US Navy; in recent years, many knew him through his ownership in Pelican’s Snoballs in Hickory and his involvement in Newton Downtown Development Association. He was an avid Newton-Conover Red Devil and UNC Tar Heel fan and enjoyed golfing, photography, and trips to Cherokee. He also enjoyed going on cruises and traveling with family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years, Patricia Elaine Dillingham; grandson, Aaron Dillingham; and brothers, Don Dillingham, Jerry Dillingham, and Dennis Dillingham.

Survivors include his sons, Jeff Dillingham and wife Tracy of Greer, SC, Pastor Jason Dillingham and wife Deborah of Maiden, NC, and Amol Parage and wife Omana of Chandrapur, India; brother, Jack Dillingham and wife Linda of Morganton, NC; sister, Frances D. McNeely of Marion, NC; grandchildren, Kyle Dillingham, Tobi Hart, Joshua Dillingham, Isaac Dillingham, Jacob Dillingham, Rachel Dillingham, Jeremy Parage, and Jonathan Parage; and great-grandchildren, Addi, Kadence, Kealen, Jasper, Kyler, and Liam.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 8, 2019 at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory, NC, with Pastor Jason Dillingham officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Full Contact Christian Ministries, 1964 10th Street Place, NW, Hickory, NC 28601.


  • Receiving of Friends and Family Sunday, April 7, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, April 8, 2019

Arthur "Ott" Wayne Dillingham

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Jim Justice

April 8, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss, but as Christian his in good hands with our LORD.

Chris Hobbs

April 8, 2019

Sorry that I was not able to make it... but my heart and prayers go out to you on the loss of Ott... I shared so many, many days and nights working with him when we were both in newspapers and have so many fond memories of the stories he would tell and that great sense of humor that carried us through many tough days and nights in the business, working split shifts and for many days in a row. He was like an older brother and always supportive and just one of the most pleasant and caring persons I ever worked with. After he left newspapers, we did not get to see each other or have as much contact... but any time we ran into each other it was like the old days. Know that he was loved by the people who he shared his time with so easily and I share in your loss, as Ott was one of the people that crossed my life path that I've never -- or will ever -- forget. I wish only that I could have seen game film of him with that football in his playing days, as I heard many stories -- from him and others -- about his grit and determination. Sending prayers for your family.

Becky Young

April 6, 2019

Ott’s family, I am so sad to hear about Ott. I am glad we became good friends and spent time together. He was such a gentle and kind person that will be missed by so many people.

Mary Lynn Young

April 6, 2019

Dearest Dillingham family,
I had known Ott for many years, we went to School together. He was a fine man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless You everyone.

Leisa St. John

April 6, 2019

Dear Dillingham family,
We are so deeply sorry for your loss. A father is a precious love gift in life and we know his unexpected passing has left a deep hole in all of your hearts. Although we never had the privilege to meet your precious loved one, we know he was a special man by the character of his children. He has left behind a rich family legacy, which speaks clearly to the great and beloved man he was. We will continue to hold you all in much love and prayer in the coming days. May the source of all our strength and comfort surround you with his tender love, and His peace, as you lay your father, grandfather, and brother's temple to rest. There will be another spring.
Much love and prayer,
Gary, Leisa, Anna-Hope and Samuel St. John (Lynden, WA, cousin to Deborah Dillingham)

Judi Gaddy Dalton

April 5, 2019

Ott was always a favorite in the Marion High School Class of 1966. He was a kind and good soul to know; as they say..."always the same whenever/wherever you saw him". I will always remember him as a gentleman! My prayers are with his family now. What a legacy he left!

Barbara Roland

April 5, 2019

So sorry for the loss of a fellow classmate. RIP Ott, we will miss you.
Barbara and Dennis Roland