Clarence R. “Bill” Dill

Published 4:58 pm Monday, February 22, 2016

Clarence R. “Bill” Dill, 92, son of the late Jesse James Dill and Mamie Horton Dill passed away on Feb. 22, 2016.

He was the owner and operator of Dill’s Automotive for 62 years. He was a WWII veteran, having served in the Army Air Corps in New Guinea and Guadalcanal. Bill was a member of Landrum First Baptist Church where he had served as a Sunday school teacher, an usher and a deacon. He was a member of Landrum Masonic Lodge #278 for over 60 years and has served as a past Lodge Master. He was a Shriner, as well as a member of the Peach Blossom Antique Car Club. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Landrum Sports Association and was listed in Who’s Who in South Carolina for the year 1974.

Bill is predeceased by his brothers, Ralph Dill and Ray Dill. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn Brady Dill; his children, Melinda Greene (Larry) of Aiken, Melissa Sharpe (Hugh) of Landrum, Michael Dill (Ann) of Landrum and Michele Senn (Burt) of Inman; his grandchildren, Caroline Greene Day (Coker) of Aiken, Amanda Sharpe Atkins of Simpsonville, Steven Sharpe of Mt. Pleasant, Trey Senn and Christopher Senn of Inman, Kathryn Dill of Norfolk, Va., Kaitlyn Dill of Spartanburg and Kaleb Dill of Charleston; his great grandchildren, Camille Day and Carleigh Day of Aiken, Lilly Atkins and Dillon Atkins of Simpsonville; his sisters, Edith Faulkner of Clover, Catherine Stansel of Greenville, Mildred Owens of Flowery Branch, Ga., Ellen Henderson of Campobello, and Jimmie Ann McIntyre (Harold) of Landrum as well as many nieces and nephews.

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Bill loved his church, his family and his work. He was a people person and never met a stranger, having lived and worked in Spartanburg, Greenville and Polk counties all of his life. He had a remarkable memory and was able to make the connections between many people and places. He was fond of telling everyone that he ‘still had all his marbles.’ And often as not, Bill would chuckle and pull a marble out of his pocket.

A celebration of life service will be held at Landrum First Baptist Church on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Following the service, burial will be in the Landrum Cemetery. Donations may be made to Landrum First Baptist Church Bus Fund, Shriner’s Hospital of Greenville or Spartanburg Regional Hospice, 1530 Drayton Road, Spartanburg, SC 29307.

Condolences may be left at

Petty Funeral Home & Crematory
Landrum, S.C.