John Hopkins Dillon passed away August 12. He was 76.
With a quietly authoritative bearing that commanded respect, he was a kind and compassionate man who bottle-fed new calves and doted on his grandchildren. Though he spent a distinguished career in Nashville and enjoyed travel, he was happiest living a quiet life at home.
He was born June 15, 1938, in Woodbury, Tenn., to Herbert John and Gladys Francis Dillon. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State College, he received a law degree from the Nashville YMCA Night Law School. He began his career at Commerce Union Bank, which had become NationsBank by the time he retired in 1998.
At an MTSC mixer in 1956, he met Nancy Ann King. The two married in 1962 and built a house where they raised three children, along with a series of horses, dogs and cats. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, John David Dillon (Carol), Anne Elisabeth Dillon and Laura Dillon Meyerhoff (Adam); his grandchildren, John Tate Dillon and Martha Cavin Dillon; and three sisters, Martha Brandon (Charles), Christine Dillon and Elizabeth Rowe (Dale). He was preceded in death by his brother, Frank Dillon, and two sisters, Rachel Haley and Julia Muszynski.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to the Tennessee Trails Association and the Cannon County Historical Association.