Ira Lee Dillard
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Ira Lee Dillard
  • May 7, 1916 - September 27, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Ira Lee Dillard was born in Falls County, Texas, near Marlin on May 7, 1916, and died on September 27, 2017. He was the youngest son of Florence Ettie Black Dillard and Ennis Moses Dillard. His older brother, William Arhmed Dillard and younger sister, Bess Marie Dillard, preceded him in death.

On February 26, 1939, Ira married the love of his life, Josephine Ellen Moncrief Dillard, in Marlin, Texas. He always said his life began the day he met Jo. They were married for 72 years. She preceded him in death on May 14, 2011.

During World War II, Ira and Jo were based in San Diego, California while Ira was serving in the United States Navy, Pacific Fleet, Amphibious Forces, Seaman 1st Class. In August, 1945, he was reassigned to the USS Doyen and given a three day pass to be with his family before shipping out. On the second day of his pass, the United States dropped the bomb on Japan. After the war, Ira and Jo returned to Texas and relocated from Marlin to Houston. Ira attended the University of Houston and became a Certified Public Accountant. He was an officer and director for Benjamin Clayton Foundation for Research and for Benjamin Clayton individually over 17 years. He was also a partner in the accounting firms of Schultze Hartwig and O'Connell, Lawson & McGee. He worked with The Brown Foundation, W S Bellows Construction Corp and with his friend, George S. Bellows individually over 10 years. Ira finally retired in 1996 at the age of 80.

He was a long-time member of Second Baptist Church where he taught a boys 6th grade Sunday school class and served as a deacon. Ira and Jo later moved their membership to Tallowood Baptist Church where they were members of the Sonshine Class and where Ira continued to serve as a deacon.

Ira loved the Lord, his family, his country, The United States Navy, The Houston Astros, Baylor University football and The Lady Bears Basketball.

He is survived by his daughters Susan Dillard of Houston, Texas, and Carol Muirhead and husband James of Wichita Falls, Texas, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were led by Rev. Dr. Larry Bertrand at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017 in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston, followed by graveside services at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway, also in Houston, where members of the U.S. Navy and V.F.W. Post #8790 Honor Guards provided military honors.