Howard Ray Dilday

July 6, 1935 - December 22, 2021

07/06/1935 - 12/22/2021

Past Services

Monday December 27, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Tuesday December 28, 2021
Following at Riverside Cemetery in Murfreesboro
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
Tuesday December 28, 2021
1:00 pm
Chapel of Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Hwy 42 West
Ahoskie, NC 27910

MURFREESBORO, NC – Howard Ray Dilday, age 86, of Holly Hill Road, passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at the Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital of Ahoskie, NC.

Mr. Dilday was born on July 6, 1935 to Andrew Jessie Dilday and Mary Brinkley Dilday in Hertford County, NC. Howard spent his entire career as a salesman, from selling hardware for 44 years and then selling cars for the last 19 1/2 years. Howard retired from being the owner/operator of Planter’s Hardware in 2002 and then went to work for Strickland Auto Group. He was a member of Murfreesboro Baptist Church and was a true family man. He cherished his children and lived his life to please them. His only day off was Sunday, and he would spend it doing whatever his children wanted him to do. He could also be referred to as “Mr. Fix It” because his children would call on him from anywhere at any time to fix something that was broken. Howard was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend that was loved and will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

Along with his parents, Howard was preceded in death by siblings; Lee, Raymond, “Red”, Ed, Donald, Daniel, Mary Ellen, Ruth, Dot, Nancy, and Mable.

Left to cherish Howard’s memory is his beloved wife of 65 years, Mabel, his daughter, Trilby Dilday Bryant and husband Dwight of Fuquay Varina, NC; his two sons, Bradford Craig Dilday of Murfreesboro, and Garry Wade Dilday and wife Kecia of Norfolk, VA; one grandson, Todd Bryant and wife, Joanna; three granddaughters, Brittany Bryant, Carly Dilday, and Claire Dilday; two great-grandsons, Owen and Blake Bryant; numerous nieces and nephews; and his precious fur baby, Max.

The family will receive friends on Monday, December 27, 2021, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC, and other times at the home.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at 1:00 pm at the Chapel of Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. John Porter officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Murfreesboro, NC.

Memorial contributions in loving memory of Howard, may be made to Make-A-Wish, America, 1702 East Highland Ave., Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Dilday family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Laura Hazelton
2 years ago

I am so very sorry to hear of Mr. Dilday’s passing. My thoughts, prayers and love to the family.

philip gatling
2 years ago

Mrs. Dilday, Brad and family. Such a great loss for you all and everyone bMr. Howard touched. Hilda ansd I nwill miss him as a good friend. Prayers for all.

Mary Harris
2 years ago

May the good Lord give comfort & peace.

2 years ago

So very sorry for your loss, Mr Howard was such a sweet man, I always looked for him at Strickland.

Kim Tyndall
2 years ago

I am so sad to hear of Mr. Howard’s passing. He was such a joy to be around, he always made me laugh and I will miss hearing his stories. Happy and smiling is how I will remember him, he was a good friend and will be greatly missed. The dealership will not be the same without him. I am sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. Praying that God will comfort you as only He can during this most difficult time.

Judy Boone & Trivia Sykes
2 years ago

We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Howard, he was such a nice man, when my sister Trivia and i would go to Planters Hardware to see our dad (Rudolph Lewis), he was so nice to us. He will truly be missed. May God bless the entire family.

Seal Family
2 years ago

So sorry for your loss.

Stacey Alston
2 years ago

My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.

Dickie Pearce
2 years ago

So sorry for your loss.
I always remember Mr. Howard’s kindness and
desire to help at all times.
May your memory and love help you daily.
God bless you all.

Elaine Evans
2 years ago

Mable, I’m so sorry for your loss, my prayers, love ❤️ and hugs are going up for you and your family!!