Jean H. Dilday

Published 9:23 am Wednesday, April 24, 2019

RALEIGH, NC – Jean Holloman Dilday was born in Harrellsville, NC on October 13, 1932, and went to her eternal home on April 19, 2019.

Jean was the only daughter of Aubra and Elsie Wynns Holloman. She was a life-long resident of Harrellsville and Ahoskie until a move to Raleigh in 2016 to be near her children.

A graduate of Harrellsville High School, she played basketball and was in Beta Club. She was a long-time employee of Hertford County Farm Bureau, and member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. She later followed her children to First Baptist Church of Ahoskie where she served as Deacon, Church Treasurer, was active with WMU, the Bereavement Committee, and President of Edith Freeman Sunday School Class.

After retirement, Jean continued dedicating herself to helping others as a volunteer in the Medical Auxiliary of Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital and the local Food Pantry. She was an excellent seamstress, sewing miles of stitches. She loved her family and many friends and neighbors, and spending time with her beloved Go-Go Girls as they attended concerts, celebrated birthdays and holidays, and just enjoyed each other. Her life was one of service, selflessness, taking care of those she loved, always putting herself last, and resting on her strong faith in her Lord and Savior.

She was a kind, gentle, wonderful mother who will be greatly missed. Her mantra was “I love everybody”, which she truly did, and she was much loved in return.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Louis Dilday; her parents; four brothers including Howard Holloman of Ahoskie and AC Holloman of Colerain; and two stepbrothers.

She was a devoted mother to Cheryl Angel (David) of Summerfield, Charla Peel and Kyle Dilday (Teresa) of Raleigh; grandmother to Laura and Brad (Hannah) Dilday, and Brooks Peel; and great-grandmother to Rosie Dilday.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 at First Baptist Church of Ahoskie with Rev. Dr. Trey Gilliam and Rev. Dr. Jesse Croom officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the church.

According to her wishes, her body was donated to ECU for medical research.  Burial will follow at a later date in the Ahoskie Cemetery.

The family requests no flowers, rather memorial contributions may be made in her memory to First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, 312 W. Main Street, PO Box 649, Ahoskie, NC 27910.