DILLON, Robert T. - The greatest generation receded a bit further into history with the death of Robert Thomas (“Bob”) Dillon, 84, at St. Francis Hospital on February 11, 2009.  He was a resident at Edenbrook of Charleston.  He was born in a cabin at the foot of the Blue Bob DillonRidge in Patrick County, Va, on October 29, 1924, the son of Arnold Guy and Mellie Weaver Dillon.  In the winter he went to bed with his brother and a flatiron heated in the fire, and woke to find the bed clothes covered by a dust of snow, blown through the cracks in the roof.  He logged the mountains with mules, and tended the moonshine still used to pay the other loggers.  He rode with NASCAR legend Curtis Turner.  In 1941 he won the banjo competition in Galax, playing his original composition, “Coal Creek March,” later recorded by Pete Seeger, Dock Boggs, and David (“Stringbean”) Ackerman.  In 1943 he graduated from high school in Stuart, Va, and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He served as a radio gunner on dive bombers flying out of Midway Island until honorably discharged at war's end.  In 1946 he enrolled in the College of William and Mary and, taking advantage of the GI Bill, graduated with a degree in accounting and finance in 1950.  After several years with Burlington Mills, he accepted a position with the General Electric Company in Waynesboro, Va, where he moved in 1954.  He was a pioneer in the emerging field of electronic computing, rising from programmer to systems analyst to systems designer before retiring from G.E. in 1984.  He worked on a volunteer basis for various civic and charitable groups in Waynesboro for some years, moving to Charleston in late 2005 to be with family.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Viola Turner Dillon, brother John Julian Dillon, and sister Mabel Hubbard.  He is survived by his son Robert Jr. (Rob) and Sharon B. Dillon of Charleston, his daughter Victoria D. Carter and Mark Shaughnessy of Richmond, F. Thomas Carter of Waynesboro, and four grandchildren: Katherine Carter, Tyler Carter, Virginia Dillon, and Bryan Dillon.  He was a hunter, a fisherman, and a gardener of great skill, profane and violent, sweet and charming, capable of great love but incapable of expressing it, physically tough and emotionally fragile, brilliant and unreasonable, tight with a nickel, fiercely independent and profoundly lost, ever restless, and finally at peace.  A memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 PM Saturday, February 21, at McDow Funeral Home in Waynesboro, Va.  Memorials may be sent to the World Missions Division at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina, 29401. 


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