JACK DILLON SR.December 1st, 2019 | Paid Obituary
Jack L Dillon Sr, 97, of Texarkana, AR entered into rest November 23, 2019 in Fort Smith, AR. He was born in Texarkana, Arkansas on October 28, 1922, to Charles S Dillon, Sr. and Alice Camilla Waldrop. He was the second youngest of 11 children. He was of the Methodist Faith and a US WWII Veteran. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corp at the age of 18. With war looming he received permission to leave the CCC and, in January 1941, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He trained on B-26 bombers and flew anti-sub service out of Washington State until May 1942. He spent the remainder of 1942 training on the B-25 bomber. In 1943 he was sent to the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean to fly anti-sub service. At the end of 1943 he was sent back to the states to begin training in the B-29 bomber. In October 1944 he was sent to the island of Saipan where he flew with the 879th bombardment squadron serving as tail gunner aboard the B-29 bomber "Dream Girl" and completing 30 bombing mission over Japan. In July 1945 he completed his tour of duty in the Pacific and was sent back to the United States where he was discharged at Fort Chaffee in September. In January 1946 he attended Magnolia A & M College where he met Betty Lou Grissette who he married in September of that year. They eventually moved back to his hometown of Texarkana where he began working for the US Postal Service, retiring in 1983 after 36 years of service. He was an avid fisherman all his life and in later years enjoyed his lake house on Millwood Reservoir near Texarkana. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Camilla (Waldrop) Dillon. He is survived by his wife Betty of 73 years, sons Jack Lee Dillon Jr and wife Arlene of Fort Smith, Robert Allen Dillon of Johnson, grandchildren Jami Fisher and husband Todd of Little Rock, Sara Dillon of Fort Smith, Steven Skidgel of Fort Smith, Brian Dillon and wife Shaylan of Springdale and Katie Wilson and husband Josh of Cave Springs and five great-grandchildren. Graveside Memorial Service with Military Honors officiated by Rev. Sid Ree will be 2 pm Wednesday, December 4th at the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Cremation under direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel, Fort Smith. To place an online tribute, go to www.lewisfuneralchapel.net.