Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Lester L. Dillard

05/16/1930 - 12/23/2017

Viewing Information

A viewing will be held, Friday, December 29, 2017 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Street.

Service Information

WATCH FUNERAL LIVE ONLINE..A funeral service will be held, 10am, Saturday, December 30, 2017
Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Chapel
7246 Granby Street Norfolk VA

Interment Information

Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens
4569 Shoulder Hill Road Suffolk VA

Lester Lemiah Dillard, age 87, was born in Perquimans, North Carolina outside of Elizabeth City on May 16, 1930. He was the second eldest child of the late Lemiah and Ruth Dillard. He gave his life to Christ at an early age and was baptized at Corinth Baptist Church, Jarvisburg, N.C. Affectionately known as “Mr. D” to close family and friends, he left Elizabeth City and moved to Norfolk, VA to make his fortune. There he met Pearle Mae Jackson his devoted wife for 62 years. After residing in Norfolk for some time, he moved his family to the Cavalier Manor section of Portsmouth, VA in 1964. “D” was a hard-working family man. He began work as a plasterer with Hampton Roads Plastering before starting his own plastering business. As a highly skilled Master Plasterer he willingly trained other family members the art of plastering including his daughter Christal. Other family members eventually started their own plastering business because as “D” would say with a smile “there’s plenty of work out there”. In pursuit of his fortune and with his business savvy, he purchased multiple properties and became a Landlord. He was a selfless man, but proud of the accomplishments of his children. He was well known and loved by many for his soft-spoken wisdom. He demonstrated that wisdom with few words, but by doing and showing. His giving and loving spirit made him a blessing to his parents, children, siblings and all who knew him. He was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan and loved to watch wrestling and roller derby on Friday and Saturday after a long work week. His favorite color was green. Preceding “D” in their journey to eternal life was his daughter Christal Monee Dillard and grandsons Stephen Christopher Hudson, Jr., Kyle L. and Kelly A. Hayes. To cherish his memory, ‘D’ leaves his wife Pearle Mae Dillard, daughter, Katina Lynn Hayes, son, Craig Lemiah Dillard; granddaughters Mica N. Hayes and Courtney Johnson, grandson Michael C. Hudson; Great grandchildren, Aubrey M. Grosbusch, Arielle R. Hudson, and Laila N. Hayes-Mayers. Siblings Henry Dillard, Joyce Dillard-Jones, Delores Elizabeth Dillard and a host of relatives and friends.

Sandra Adams My family and I would like to express our loving condolences to our cousins. May God give you strength and courage to continue this life as Lester would have wanted you to. Though we are all heartbroken for his loss; we must celebrate his life and his union now with God. Peace be with you.
Posted: 12/28/2017
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Danielle Sending heartfelt condolences to your family at this time of need. Losing someone we love is heartbreaking. God heals the brokenhearted, Psalm 147:3. We look forward to the day when sickness pain and death will be no more, Revelation 21:4
Posted: 12/27/2017
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