Thelma E. Dilday

Published 12:15 pm Tuesday, August 1, 2017

AHOSKIE, NC – Thelma Earley Dilday, age 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at her home.

Miss Dilday was born in Hertford County on August 17, 1926, a daughter of the late Lloyd C. and Eva Earley Dilday. Miss Thelma was raised in the Hickory Chapel area of Ahoskie. She was a graduate of East Carolina Teachers College, and taught Home Economics for 35 years at B. F. Grady and later East Duplin High School in Duplin County.  She was a lifelong member of Hickory Chapel OFWB Church. On her 90th birthday in August 2016, she was excited to get numerous birthday cards and calls from friends and neighbors.

Besides her parents, Thelma was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, L. Marion Dilday and Jane, and her best friend and sister, Mary Lou Dilday.

Left to cherish her memory are her five nieces, Susan Smith and husband, Harold, Ellen Allen and husband, Walt, and Marian Keech, all of Belhaven, NC, Lynn Ross and husband, Buddy of Bath, NC, and Donna Shealy and husband, Jerry of Charleston, SC; and two special cousins, Tommy Dilday and wife, Linda, and Rose Nell Perry and husband, Johnny, both of Ahoskie, NC.

A graveside celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at 2:00 pm at the Ahoskie Cemetery, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. Jim Skipper, officiating.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC, 27360, or you may donate online by visiting, then type Thelma Dilday.

The family wishes to offer heartfelt thanks to all Miss Thelma’s caregivers, including Cora Smith, Mary Ayers, Minnie Shearin, and Barbara Jatko, and all the caring nurses at Vidant Home Health and Hospice.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Dilday family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting