OBITUARY

Sophia June Dillon

June 4, 1932October 7, 2020

SOPHIA JUNE DILLON, 88, of Saint Albans, WV passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. She was one of five children born to the late Ernest and Ursa Perry on June 4, 1932. She is survived by her sister, Dosha White (husband: Bill); children, Mike Dillon (wife: Tamra) and Vicky Mitchell; grandchildren: Chris Dillon (husband: Kevin), Luke Mitchell (wife: Sarah), Miranda Dillon, James Mitchell (wife: April) and Rhiannon Dillon (husband: Cameron); great grandchildren: Eden Mitchell, Karis Mitchell, Joel Mitchell and Emma Mitchell, as well as a large extended family and circle of friends. To summarize Sophia Dillon’s life would be just this: She Loved. First and foremost, Sophia was a woman of God. She and her late husband, James Wesley “Rick” Dillon, Jr. were both long-time members of Highlawn Baptist Church, where they both served in many capacities during the majority of their adult lives. Sophia served as a pre-school Sunday School teacher and summer camp volunteer among other avenues. Later in life, she became a member at The Crossing Church, where she called home until her final days, serving through a food outreach ministry for school-aged children and families in need. But to say that this was the end of her story stops short of telling her entire legacy. Sophia was known for her warm smile, caring heart and homemade cooking, especially in that regard for her homemade bread and rolls. She would always welcome guests over for dinner or Sunday lunches after church, never knew a stranger and was considered as family to many. Oftentimes, young adults who she had previously taught in Sunday School would stop—either by her house or while she was out—to say hello. One could sense the impact she had on so many lives, both the children she had taught and her peers. Loving and serving children was her greatest passion. She was also one of the strongest prayer warriors you have ever met, and she will be greatly missed in that regard as well. Always thinking of others and putting her needs aside, she fought through prayer for others up to her final days here on Earth. Her family recalls how she would always seek out how to pray for others, even while undergoing her last medical struggles. She maintained a detailed journal of who she was praying for and their specific needs. As a devoted Christian of faith, she was a truly unique and special person, the closest to an angle that most had ever yet to meet. Her faith in the Lord was such that it inspired many and encouraged others to seek faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. She truly had a servant’s heart and cared for others. She loved. Due to the risks and exposure to the COVD-19 virus, a small service will be held Saturday at her church for immediate family (she was very concerned for others about potential exposure resulting from her last few stays at the hospital and would want it this way). A small burial service will follow at Cunningham Cemetery, St. Albans, WV. Anyone wishing to leave an online condolence or memory may do so by visiting her tribute page at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home’s website. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that, if you so choose, memorial donations may be made in Sophia’s name to: The Crossing Church, Children’s Food Bank, 2031 Harrison Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177. This will continue to support the food outreach in which she participated for school-aged children and families in need. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.casdorphandcurry.com

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Memories

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Michelle DeBriae

October 20, 2020

Mike and Vicky,

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. We were so blessed to grow up next door on Carroll Street. Your mom and dad were always there for our large single parent family.

Love,

Michelle DeBriae

Lisa Gillian Simmons

October 11, 2020

Mike and Vicki, Just heard of the passing of your wonderful, loving, kind and faithful mother. I am so very sorry and speak for the rest of my siblings in sending you both prayers .

Your mother was such a nurturing and loving individual and was a key part in the spiritual journey of my parents. She and your father were so welcoming and inviting to our family years ago. I even remember staying at your house while my mother was having my youngest sister Emily. Sophia was remarkable in her willingness to nurture new Christians and I will always remember her special smile and fun nature! Also, she made SURE everyone one at church camp got fed, even if she had to fix some special food!

Charisse Angell Strawn

October 10, 2020

Sophia was such a precious mom and hostess to me in 1977, when she and James allowed me to live with them during my student teaching i will never forget her Sunday afternoon dinner of beef roast and homemade yeast rolls. Such a special lady!

Pixie Bays

October 10, 2020

Sophie and her family have blessed my family from day of meeting them. She’ ALWAYS will be remembered as my St Albans Angel. She had many wise things to share and ALWAYS shared her love of God. God Bless the family during this time

Karen (McCloy) Boyd

October 10, 2020

My memories include warm hugs, welcoming hospitality, prayerful concern, family oriented lifestyle, an unending amount of caring, easy laughter and a heart full of love for the Lord, her family, her friends, and those who would soon become her friends! My heart breaks for her family having to say good-bye. I know she will be missed but she left such a full legacy that she will NEVER be forgotten!! Heaven rejoices even as we grieve. Enjoy those streets of gold Sophia as you have paved the way for many who will someday be joining you!

Alfred Arnett

October 10, 2020

Mike,

Such an inspirational description of your mother I read in the obituary. Your mother has truly left the mark of God in the world that surrounded her. Having great and honorable memories of people around us is the foundation of time in all of our lives. Your mother and father certainly left those kind of memories with most they encountered, and will never be forgotten in the minds of so many. I feel truly blessed to have known them, and give praise to God for the lives they touched while on this earth.

I pray that you are at peace in knowing they are in a better place, Heaven. I wish you well.

Al Arnett

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