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One of five boys, Johnnie Dillard was born September 21, 1930, in Cincinnati, OH.
His parents, Charles and Lula gave him and his siblings a solid foundation. He spent his formative years growing up in downtown Cincinnati. He graduated in 1950 from Central Vocational High School.

After graduating, in 1950 he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served his country as a driver and maintained naval transportation vehicles. In 1952, he was presented with the U.S. Navy Safe Driving Award and shortly thereafter, was transferred to the USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) Navy vessel. He was proud and would wear his military cap and share stories of his service during “The Korean Conflict”. He was stationed on the vessel until his honorable discharge in 1954.

After his return to Cincinnati, he began attending Lee Chapel A.M.E. Church, under the leadership of the late Dr. Donald E. Newberry Sr. It was here that he met and married Alyce Benette Reel on September 19, 1959. They were blessed with two girls, Allyson and Mary Ingrid. Their union of 57yrs was filled with a strong focus on God and family!

He began a new career working for General Motors (GM) in 1962. Initially his duties at GM entailed auditing the new automobiles for defects. His responsibilities increased when he became a supervisor on the assembly line. He worked diligently and took great pride in the work he accomplished. He worked for General Motors 25 years until the plant in Norwood, OH closed.

Johnnie was a man of small stature, but had a big presence. He enjoyed dressing nicely and always put his best foot forward. He liked to have fun and had many friends with whom he enjoyed interacting. He was a man of substance and service. In addition to being a proud Vet and serving his country, he was a faithful member of the Elks IRA Lodge #37 and P.E.R.C. Brigade #1660 and held the rank of Major General. He put his military expertise into action with the Lee Chapel AME Transportation ministry. He picked up many members faithfully for many years! He could also be seen greeting members and guests with a big smile as he served on the Senior Usher Board. His big smile, love of people, generosity and laugh will be greatly missed.

On Saturday June 10, 2017, he joined his parents and siblings in Heaven. He leaves to cherish his memory: wife Alyce Dillard, daughters: Allyson Luckett(Carl) and Mary Ingrid Andrews(Mike), grandchildren: Joshua Luckett, Taylor Luckett, and Maya Andrews. cousins and a host of family and friends.

Visitation is from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm, on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the Lee Chapel A.M.E., 2009 Pogue Street , Cincinnati (45208). The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation beginning at 6:00 pm.

Interment at Dayton National Cemetery, 4400 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45428.

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Walker Funeral Home of Cincinnati is serving the Dillard family. Please call (513) 251-6200 or visit for additional information.


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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Lee Chapel A.M.E. Church

2009 Pogue Street
Cincinnati, OH 45208





6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lee Chapel A.M.E. Church

2009 Pogue Street
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Cemetery Details


Dayton National Cemetery

4400 West 3rd Street
Dayton, OH 45428


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