Joseph “Joe” Timothy Dilday, 93, of North Little Rock died peacefully at home on January 20th with his beloved wife of seventy-one years by his side.
He was born in Monticello, Arkansas on September 18th, 1930 to Thomas Fletcher and Bertie Dilday. He joined Lakewood United Methodist Church in 1958.
Following graduation from Sheridan High School class of 1949, he attended Hendrix College where he met his sweetheart and future wife Janet Walker. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a BS in chemistry. He worked as a chemist for over 40 years and holds patents in the United States and England.
After retirement he enjoyed many activities including photography, winemaking; for which he won blue ribbons at the Arkansas State Fair, woodworking including crafting clocks and wooden toys and puzzles for his grandchildren He created works from stained glass. He also caned and repaired antique furniture. Attending auctions and estate sales he was an avid collector of Aladdin Lamps and antique clocks.
Some of his passions were gardening and canning vegetables from his garden. He took pride in his newfound cooking skills developing recipes for Worcestershire sauce, jellies, ketchup, salsas, and sauces and compiled them onto a webpage. He honed his culinary skills making pies and desserts for family and friends.
He is survived by his wife and three daughters Dixie Wallace (Ronald) of Sherwood, Debbie Carter (Jim) of Destin, Florida, Cindy Nix (Gary) of North Little Rock. Six grandchildren Timothy Graham Westerlund (Eri), Jessica Feldman (Jonathan), Whitney Wallace, Caroline Caballero (Joe), Chelsea Downer (Cole), and Kyle Nix, plus seven great grandchildren with one on the way.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Fletcher and Bertie Dilday, his brother, Tom Dilday, and a sister, Rosemary Dilday.
We would like to thank Azzaria for all her loving care and Arkansas Hospice.
A ceremony to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday, January 27th at Lakewood United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lakewood United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.