Jack Dempsey Dillard

February 25, 1927January 24, 2019

Jack Dempsey Dillard, 91, died Thursday, January 24, in Searcy, Arkansas. Jack was born in Amity, Arkansas, on February 25, 1927, to Albert and Belzonia Sheets Dillard. He was the oldest of three children and grew up in Bergman, Arkansas. After attending the University of Arkansas for a year, he served in the U. S. Army from June 1945 until July 1947 as a Surgical Technician. He then entered Harding College in Searcy, where he completed his degree in 1948. He and Marjory Lee married on June 3, 1949, the day after Marjory’s graduation from Harding. Jack and Marjory were both teachers. Jack taught in public schools in Arkansas, New Mexico, and Arizona before serving for many years as Director of Education at the Arizona State Prison in Florence. He retired as Chief Examiner from the Adult Education Division of the Arizona Department of Education. Jack and Marjory were married over 53 years before her death in 2002. Later that year, he married a long-time friend, Alma Guthrie, and they moved to Searcy, Arkansas, to be near his children and grandchildren. Alma died in Searcy in 2014. Jack was also preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Charles Albert Dillard; and a son-in-law, John Hewitt. He is survived by his sister, Dixie Lee Pettigrew of Grady, New Mexico; his four children: Debby Hewitt of Abilene, Texas; Carol Sparks (Gary) of Wynne, Arkansas; Patti Jo White (Joe) of Little Rock, Arkansas; and Glenn Dillard (Susan) of Searcy; twelve grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. He was an active member and elder of the Broadway Church of Christ (later the Tempe Church of Christ) in Tempe, and he attended the College Church of Christ in Searcy. A memorial service was held on Sunday, January 27th, in Searcy. A graveside service will be held at Resthaven/Carr-Tenney Memorial Gardens on Thursday, January 31, at 10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Red River Family Encampment, P. O. Box 8997, Amarillo, TX 79114-8997. Please indicate “Jack Dillard Memorial” on the check.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 31, 2019

Jack Dempsey Dillard

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Susan Tucker

January 30, 2019

Jack was one of the elders at Tempe when we moved there in 1998. We have fond memories of Jack. Mike and I send our condolences.

Anita Todd

January 29, 2019

We had just moved to Tempe in1962 and had ‘placed membership ‘ at Broadway church of Christ. Wednesday night we had not attended service. Our doorbell rang and there stood Jack Dillard. He asked if we were alright. We were. He said, “Oh good, I thought something might be wrong since you weren’t with us tonight.”
I will always believe that was just the push we needed to be an integral part of the congregation and led to our growth in Christ. We praise God for Jack’s friendship and faithfulness.