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Dillard Martin


Dillard Martin, 71, a longtime resident of Granville County passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at the VA Medical Center in Durham.

A native of Ozark County, Missouri, he was the son of the late Tan William Martin and Bertha Trail. He attended the School of the Ozarks and was a graduate of Central Missouri State University. He was of the Baptist faith and retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Butner, NC. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart Medals.

Funeral Services will be conducted Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the Eakes Funeral Home Chapel in Creedmoor by Reverend Eddie Nutt and his nephew LtCol Wade Reaves. Burial will be at Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor.

Surviving are his wife of twenty-seven years Dorothy Spurling of Creedmoor, three sisters; Inez Martin of Springfield, MO, LoNez Simmons (Bob) of Pleasant Hope, MO, Ella Mae Becker (Bill) of Dover, AR, two brothers; Dick Martin (Becky) of Springfield, MO, Rick Martin (Judy) of Holts Summit, MO and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister Loretta Anderson.

Should friends so desire, memorials may be made to Tally Ho First Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Becky Boyd, 1692 Sanders Rd. Stem, NC 27581 or to Murdoch Foundation, Murdoch Developmental Center c/o Cathy Kluttz, 1600 East C St. Butner, NC 27509.

Visitation will be held Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 12:00-1:45 PM in the Eakes Funeral Home Chapel in Creedmoor and other times at the home.


  • Mike Turner Posted December 19, 2019 8:51 am

    Dorothy, So sorry to hear about your loss of Dillard. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.
    Mike and Gail Turner

  • Craig currin Posted December 19, 2019 1:03 pm

    Im sorry for your loss may god be with yall merry christmas and happy new year

  • Amy and Everette Jacobs Posted December 19, 2019 3:50 pm

    We were so devastated to hear the news of Dillard’s passing this morning. Dillard was on my interview board at the prison over 23 years ago. I will always remember his smile. I also enjoyed seeing you all at the lake and he was always so gracious. Our payers are with you all.

    • Kathy Newcomb-Clark Posted December 20, 2019 10:46 pm

      Dorothy , my heart is breaking for you right now . Please know that you’re in my prayers . Love you .

  • Denise Ruffin Posted December 19, 2019 3:58 pm

    Dorothy – I was so heartbroken to hear about Dillard this morning. I am praying for peace and comfort for you. I am so glad I had the chance to hang out with you both at the beach. He was so funny and quite entertaining! Hugs to you today and in the days ahead.

    Denise Ruffin

  • Phil and Doris Willis Carter Posted December 19, 2019 4:07 pm

    Our hearts are saddened to hear of Dillards’s passing. May God’s peace bring comfort to all. Always remember, memories last a lifetime! 🙏🌹

  • Deborah Duke Posted December 19, 2019 4:07 pm

    Dillard was a man of integrity. He had great sense of humor, very smart and practical. It was always a pleasure working with him. I remember the twinkle in his eyes when he was about to say or do something hilarious. I will hold you and the family in love, knowing his physical presence will be missed, but my goodness, what wonderful memories.

  • Donald Eime, Sr. Posted December 19, 2019 5:23 pm

    I was totally stunned to hear this horrible news. Dillard was loved and respected by all his co-workers in the BOP. I think Ms Duke summed it up very well. The world has lost a good, good man. I am so sorry for your loss Dorothy, and you have my deepest sympathy.

  • John Boney Posted December 19, 2019 6:11 pm

    I just saw this and to say the least I was shocked. I will be praying for the entire family. Lieutenant Martin was the best!

  • PHYLLIS REIVES Posted December 19, 2019 6:28 pm

    I am sad to read this about Lt. Martin. He was one of my favorites. My condolences to his entire family.

  • Art Beeler Posted December 19, 2019 6:40 pm

    I was so very sorry to learn of Dillard’s passing. Although we never had the opportunity of working with each other, everyone always commented about his dedication, integrity and professionalism. May God comfort the family during this time of grief. I am out of the country and will not be able to attend the services. My thoughts will be with Dorothy and Phyllis.

  • Wanda Williams-Pettiford Posted December 19, 2019 7:40 pm

    I am praying for your strength during this difficult time. May God continue to bless and keep you.

  • Stacey Russell Posted December 19, 2019 8:47 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Dillard. He was such a gracious man. I pray for comfort, peace and strength during this sorrowful time.

  • Joe & Ollie Harris Posted December 19, 2019 9:37 pm

    Dorothy. We were so sorry to hear of Dillard’s passing. My oh my what a wonderful, funny and amazing man of integrity he was. Having worked with him so many years my favorite memory is the twinkle in his eye and joke ready. May he Rest In Peace and may you feel the comfort of those around you holding you up in prayer and love.

  • Baxter Baker Posted December 19, 2019 9:46 pm

    Dearest Dorothyj
    I am so terribly sorry about Dillard. He was a wonderful guy that I liked very much
    . My heart goes out to you at this time . U are in my thoughts and prayers. Carol and I are thinking of u. you. God bless!!! Carol and I have other commitments so I ill not be able to be there. It breaks my heart that I cant.. But will be there in spirit for u.

  • Richard Hudson Posted December 20, 2019 12:16 am

    Dorothy, Nancy and I send our love to you on the passing of your dear Dillard. He was a great guy and y’all made such a cute and loving couple. It was always fun when our paths crossed and to fellowship with you two. Peace to you as you adapt your life without Dillard’s earthly presence. Will be remembering you in our prayers now and in the coming weeks and months ahead.

  • Mary Eime Posted December 20, 2019 12:56 am

    Dillard was so good to everyone he came in contact with. If you needed help, Dillard was there.. He and Dorothy made Don and I feel welcome when we moved to NC. Love to you , Dorothy and family.

  • Rose Havery Posted December 20, 2019 12:58 am

    Dear Dorothy,
    Some people are larger than life – Dillard was one of them. So many people have such wonderful memories of him filled with fun and laughter. Know he was an original….a one of a kind! My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Faye Weaver Posted December 20, 2019 1:49 am

    Dorothy, we were completely shocked to hear of Dillards passing this morning! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very sad time!🙏🏻❤️

  • Vickie Boyd Posted December 20, 2019 3:40 am

    So sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. Praying for you and your family.

  • Marie Hobgood Posted December 20, 2019 10:59 am

    Many staff members in the BOP looked up to Dillard as an example of a professional correctional worker. He will be missed by many. My prayers to the family and his friends.

  • Terry Billingsley Posted December 20, 2019 4:26 pm

    So sorry to hear about his passing. I worked for Dillard at FDC Oakdale. He was one of most admired supervisors at the institution. He was a great person and will be missed.

  • Pearlie Coles Posted December 20, 2019 6:14 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

  • Karin Hodges Posted December 20, 2019 7:02 pm

    I am so sorry about Dillard’s death. I am praying that our Father covers you with peace and comfort in the days ahead.
    Love you-

  • Bonnie and Doug Ritter Posted December 20, 2019 8:27 pm

    He will be missed by many people. Prayers to his family.

  • Sandra Harper Posted December 20, 2019 10:34 pm

    Dorothy, so sorry about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Paula F Mangum Posted December 20, 2019 10:43 pm

    Dorothy, I was shocked when Pearlie told me of the passing of your beloved husband. He was obviously a very special man and dear to the hearts of many. YOU are dear to my heart. My prayers for God’s peace and comfort are with you.
    With Love, Paula

  • Terry & Angelia Pennington Posted December 21, 2019 4:18 am

    We are so sorry to hear this news. Dorothy you are in our prayers. Much love to you and your family.

  • Martha Bailey Posted December 21, 2019 1:37 pm

    David and I are so sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed in our neighborhood . Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Dennis and Roxanne Straw Posted December 21, 2019 2:13 pm

    So sorry for your loss…Such a fine man. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Sending our love.

  • Ruthie labey Posted December 21, 2019 4:33 pm

    I love you girl!

  • VaNessa Adams Posted December 21, 2019 5:05 pm

    So sorry to hear of Dillard’s passing. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Diane Jones Posted December 21, 2019 8:11 pm

    Dorothy, I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Brett & Jane Jessell Posted December 21, 2019 9:13 pm

    Dorothy, We are so sorry to hear of Dillard’s passing. He was loved by many in our early activation of Butner. You & Ms. Phyllis are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Renee Mangum Posted December 24, 2019 3:13 am

    Dorothy I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I had only met him a couple times but I understand from so many people that he was a wonderful person. Please know that you are in my Thoughts and Prayers. God Bless you at this difficult time.

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