Services for Joe Wade Dillard, 71, of Gatesville, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel in Gatesville. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery.

Mr. Dillard died Aug. 23, 2013, at a local hospital.

He was born Jan. 26, 1942, in Fort Worth to Wade and Louise Dillard.

A Gatesville resident for more than 35 years, he married his loving wife, Carol Ann, on Oct. 7, 1967. Joe and his brother, Jimmy, founded “B & F Millworks,” a custom cabinet company in Mansfield, and later he started “Joe D’s Cabinet Shop” in Copperas Cove in 1975.

He spent the past 37 years building handcrafted cabinets, and you don’t have to look far to find one of his custom cabinets in many of the homes in the Central Texas area. Joe loved his work and he loved working with wood. He took pride in the cabinets he built and there wasn’t any job he couldn’t do, no cut he couldn’t make, and no piece he couldn’t fix. 

The cornerstone on which Joe built his life was his devotion to his family, his relentless hard work and dependability, his everyday good will and honesty, his knack for quick-witted humor, and his relationship with God. He accepted Christ as his savior in a small Methodist church in Fort Worth.

Of his accomplishments, Joe took the most pride and joy in his family. He shared a lifelong love and friendship with Carol Ann and together they loved, supported, encouraged, and built into the lives of each of their children. Ask any of the kids and they will tell you about spending time together hunting, fishing, talking, watching old Westerns, eating homemade ice cream or chocolate pie. 

Joe cherished his family and loved nothing more than them getting together and having fun. His grandkids were very special to him. One of his greatest joys was seeing them run through the door and jump into his lap. He delighted in watching them swim in the pool and play on the living room floor.

Joe loved fishing and hunting, and he loved the outdoors. It brought him a sense of serenity and peace. He loved old Westerns and, more importantly, he loved the idea of the Old West. He grew up watching Gene Autry, the Lone Ranger and Will Rogers. Those old cowboys were his heroes because they were strong, good-hearted, courageous and adventurous. 

In a sense, he modeled his life after them. He was an excellent marksman and avid fisherman. He started fishing early as a young boy with his brother, Jimmy, and for years they fished tournaments all over Texas. One of his greatest joys was hunting and fishing with his sons, retelling old hunting and fishing stories, and always scanning the horizon for wildlife. He was always the first to spot a coyote in the distance, a flock of doves flying low on the horizon, a swirl on the water from a fish, a covey of blue quail, or a buck’s antlers over the brush. The memories made with his family and friends will forever be cherished.

Mr. Dillard was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Jimmy Brown, and his sister, Linda Ledyard Moore.

Survivors include his wife Carol Ann of 45 years, his son Steve; his son David and wife Jennifer; daughter Emily and son Austin; daughter Karen Griffith and husband Paul; and sons Garrett and Carson Joe; his son Gary, wife Nicole and sons Wade and Weston; his sister Peggie Sotelo and husband Dennis; and his many nephews and nieces.

The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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