Lawrence “Sonny” Thomas Dillard Jr.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Lawrence “Sonny” Thomas Dillard Jr., 89, of Manila, passed away Sept. 10, 2018. He was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Heth, Ark., to Lawrence Sr. and Elizabeth Dillard. He was a retired farmer, 1951 graduate of Mississippi State University, served in the United States Army Counter Intelligence in Atlanta, Ga., and Birmingham, Ala., and he is a member of the Faith Chapel Pentecostal Church of God in Osceola.

Survivors include his son, Lawrence (Monica) Dillard III of Wylie, Texas; daughters, Elizabeth “Libby” (David) Sabella of Mountain Home and Bonnie (Eddie) Wright of Jonesboro; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Mary (John) Burrough of Temple, Texas, and Martha Underwood of Lake Mary, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Owens Dillard, and his parents.

Visitation will be at 1-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Roller-Swift Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens.

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