History of the Restoration Movement

Ray Allen Dillard


The Life of Ray A. Dillard

Ray Allen Dillard was born in Montgomery, Alabama August 6, 1920. He was baptized by J. Roy Vaughn in 1934, at 14 years of age. When he was 18 he preached his first sermon at Highland Avenue church of Christ in that city. His education took him to Nashville, Tennessee to study at David Lipscomb College (Now Lipscomb University). He also had further training at George Peabody College, (now Vanderbilt University), as well as George Pepperdine College out in California.

The information we have is sketchy after 1959, but up until that time it is known that he preached from 1942-44 at Ramer, Alabama. From 1946-49 he preached at Pennsylvania Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee, and from 1946-49 he did some mission work at Bayview Avenue church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. By 1950 he had moved to Dayton, Ohio where he preached for the Riverdale church of Christ. While there he participated in a Sunday evening radio program while in Dayton on WONE radio. From 1952-57 he preached for the Southeast congregation in Washington, D.C. More information is needed to fill in the next few years.

He married Phyllis Jean “Jeanie” Blume in 1934, and to them were born three children: David Allen; Jon Allen; and Connie Lee. Family records are sketchy. By the

Ray Dillard passed from this life January 21, 1998, and was buried in the Forest Hills Cemetery in East Memphis, Tennessee. When more information is available, we will be sure to add it to this site.

-Sources, Preachers of Today, Volumes, 1,2.

Directions To The Grave of R.A. Dillard

Ray Dillard is buried in the Forest Hills Cemetery at 2440 Whitten Rd, in East Memphis, Tennessee. To get to the grave travel east from downtown Memphis on I-40 to Exit 14, Whitten Road. Head north from the exit, less than a mile and the cemetery will be on your right. Turn into the cemetery, and head past the office. You can stop at the office, but if you follow these instructions you should be able to find the grave. Beside the funeral home you will come into a round-about area. Go around to the first road, and continue straight toward the center of the cemetery. Take your first left, and proceed until you must turn left or right. Just ahead you should see under a tree, the name of the garden, "Garden Of Peace." Just behind and to the right you will see a little tree, behind which is a park bench with the name, ESTELLE AXTON. Two rows to the right of this bench is the row on which the Dillard plot can be found. Walk in 8 or 9 grave markers to the DILLARD grave. While in the cemetery, be sure to visit the grave of J.A. McNutt. The exact GPS location of the grave is: 35°11'33.0"N 89°50'01.7"W / or D.d. 35.192500,-89.833794

Forest Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery are located at 2440 Whitten Rd., Memphis, Tennessee

Go in two rows to the right of the tree and count eight or nine plots to get to the Dillard plot

Looking back toward the south from the Dillard grave

Looking toward the west (Whitten Road)

Ray Allen
August 6, 1920
January 21, 1998

Photos Taken August, 2011
Courtesy of Scott Harp

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