October 6, 1941 ~ January 30, 2013

Born in: Fairview, NC,
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Phyllis Trantham Dillingham, 71, of Fairview, died on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center. A Fairview native, Mrs. Dillingham was a daughter of the late Grady Franklin and Edith Earwood Trantham. She was also preceded in death by her husband Jobe Gaston Dillingham, Jr., who died in 2006; and by two siblings. Mrs. Dillingham was a member of Laurel Pines Baptist Church, in Fairview. She enjoyed church, singing, and spending time with friends at HeartPath. She LOVED eating out with her family. She had many friends and extended family whom will all miss her. She is survived by her daughter, Denise Jackson and husband Dennis; sons, Jimmy and Wayne Dillingham; brother, Foy Trantham; and five grandchildren, Brittney and Kayla Solesby, Alex Jackson, and Dawn and Jamie Dillingham. A funeral service for Mrs. Dillingham will be on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Revs. Tony Parham and Furman Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Cane Creek Cemetery. Her family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Flowers are appreciated, or memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813. In Mom's last few days with us, she couldn't speak… but she spoke to us in many different ways… when she smiled, she said "I love you." When she held your hand, she said, "I know you are here." The courage she expressed spoke of her precious faith in God. And how she continued to look away to Heaven, she seemed to say, "I'm ready." The last spoken words we can remember her speaking were of a song, "when the call comes, don't worry 'bout me…" Thank you, God, for our precious mother and the example she lived for those who knew her! Be ready!

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  1. Phyllis was a great friend and a wonderful person.She will be missed very much by me and all her family and friends.I know how much she loved her children and late husband, who was also a good friend of mine and my late husband.I believe she is home with God.

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  2. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I know it is a difficult time, just think of her rejoining with your father and looking down taking care of you all.

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  3. Our memories of spending time with Phyllis and Junior are very fond. Thinking about our Fourth of July Picnics at Aunt Betty and Uncle Wade’s house? We always had a great time with all the family. You will notice that memories with your family become more precious as time passes. May God help you enjoy and find comfort in memories with granny, mom and dad. Take care of each other and love unconditionally. When I visited Phyllis, she reached for me and held my hand with a big smile on her face. I will cherish that special moment of friendship. May God give you grace and strength in the days ahead. We send our love and prayers.

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  4. I grew up in the Laurel Pines Church family with Phyllis and I remember her as always being such a pleasant person. She will surely be missed by her family, and I pray that your many pleasant memories will bring you much comfort in the future.

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  5. Jimmy and family, our deepest sympathy to you and all your family. May you find comfort in knowing where she is and that she isn’t suffering anymore. God Bless.

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  6. We are very sorry for the lost of Phyllis. We will miss her dearly! I will miss you the most Phyllis. I will always remember you when I fix Chicken salad!!! Love you RIP

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  7. Dear family, My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. She was my best friend and was always there for me. May it give you comfort to know that she is with her husband and worshiping the Father and the Son. You are like family to me and hope that we can stay in touch always. Love, Sandy

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  8. To a dear friend with a giving heart, we will miss you. But we look forward to seeing you again one day.
    Rick, Shirley and Noel Carter

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  9. Your family is in our thoughts & prayers during this very difficult time! Phyllis was always so sweet and had such a big smile when she would come to church with you all! She had such a cheerful spirit, I always loved talking to her! She will be greatly missed but just remember the Promise of A Brighter Day! Love you all!

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  10. Jimmy, Wayne and Denise and grandchildren, we are sorry for your loss. We did not know that Phyllis was as sick as she was until the last few days.Remember always how much she loved you all and how much she loved the Lord.

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  11. I knew Phyllis as a helpful and concerned parent volunteer in Fairview Elementary School. She loved her children, Denise, Jimmy and Wayne and wanted the best for them. Always a smile and a kind word Phyllis had and I will always think of her on her birthday because we shared the same.God bless you.

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  12. Phyllis will be dearly missed by all. She will be remembered fondly. I particularly remember her laugh. My prayers are with the family,that God will provide them with comfort and peace.

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  13. I am so sorry I just learn of her passing , all the family has my prayer and sympathy, I also lost my moma in april, I know your hearts are broken, may God comfort you all

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