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Dorothy Dillard Burns

Posted By Hall-Wynne On August 11, 2018 @ 1:17 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 8 Comments

Dorothy Dillard Burns, age 84, died peacefully on August 9, 2018 at Forest at Duke in Durham.

Dottie was born on February 20, 1934 to Stark Spotswood and Alice Walker Dillard. She was one of 3 children and is survived by her adopted brother David Paige Dillard. Dottie spent her childhood years in Greensboro, where in 1926 her father founded Dillard Paper Company. She loved living on her parents’ farm and was an avid equestrian. Later, she attended Marjorie Webster Junior College in Washington, D.C.

On April 19, 1958 she married the love of her life, William L. Burns, Jr. They were married for 53 years until his death in 2011. Dottie loved her family, her church, her friends, her dogs, and horses. She distinguished herself by her green thumb and her love of animals. She quipped that she could throw a stick in the ground and roses would grow. She co-founded the Durham Animal Protection Society, was a longtime member of The Junior League of Durham and served as a trustee for the North Carolina State Veterinary School. She was as a Proverbs 31 wife, supporting her husband who was President and CEO of Central Carolina Bank. Always a true lady who was fun loving and kind to everyone. She was adored by her husband and family.

She is survived by her sons, William L. Burns III (Karen), Charlton S. Burns (Peg) and Joseph E. Burns (Molly), 10 grandchildren, William, IV (Kate), Jackson, Sally, Charlton Jr, Kennon, Zachary (Rebecca), Andrew (Allison), Jake, Beau, Maggie and 2 great grandchildren Dorothy Dillard Burns and William Loomis Burns V.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, August 17, 2017 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Durham.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made in her name to: The Forest at Duke, 2701 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705.


Condolences for the family of “Dorothy Dillard Burns”

Condolence from Judy and David May on August 11th, 2018 7:05 pm

What a wonderful and beautiful person. An icon in my life and my parents, also. She is in a better place now and peacefully. Blessings, thoughts, prayers to the family, and especially the dearest reposed. God Bless all. Celebrate Friday !!

Condolence from Frank S. Clark on August 12th, 2018 8:53 am

I am saddened to hear about the passing of Mrs. Burn. My condolences go out to the three boys and the extended family. I have fond memories of all the family from both Hope Valley and out at the farm.

Condolence from Bill and Janice Buckner on August 12th, 2018 1:48 pm

David and Family, Sorry to read of your mother’s death in our Greensboro paper. Remembering all the special memories growing up on the Dillard farm when my Dad “Buck” worked for your parents with the horses. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family
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Condolence from Nelda Haines on August 12th, 2018 7:46 pm

I offer my sincerest sympathy to e family.

Condolence from Cathy Jackson on August 14th, 2018 12:07 pm

I am thinking of you as you grieve the loss of your Mother. And praying for peace that passes all
Understanding. I know that God is close to those who all crushed in spirit and who are broken-hearted so you will have the best counselor on this journey anyone can ask for.

Condolence from Jay & Robin Barnes on August 18th, 2018 1:13 pm

Our thoughts are with you as you remember your Mother; blessings and peace to you and your family.

Condolence from Alex MacFadyen on August 18th, 2018 6:22 pm

My sincerest sympathy. She was a great lady’ and will be missed

Condolence from Carolyn and Art Green on August 19th, 2018 8:07 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We hope that your wonderful memories of your Mother will be of solace during this time of loss.

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