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Wilma Jean Dillingham

Wilma Jean Dillingham

Wilma Jean Dillingham, 79, formally of Hendersonville, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at the Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington after a prolonged illness.

A native of Buncombe County she was born on Aug. 12, 1933 to the late Paschal Jeffrey Austin and Bertha Robinson Austin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Claye Shuford Dillingham and her son, Mark Dillingham.

They owned The Window Shop, a custom drapery, upholstery, blinds and awning company on Third Avenue East. She was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Brown and her husband, Wade of Lexington; her daughter-in-law, Mary Dillingham of Hendersonville; a grandson, Adam Brown and his wife, Christine of Durham; a granddaughter, Emily Phillips and her husband Robert of Charlotte, a grandson, Nick Wise of Hendersonville and a grandson, Brookshire Wise of Raleigh.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013, in Thos. Shepherd's Church Street Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Owens officiating. Burial will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park. The family will receive friends beginning an hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292.

A register book is available online for family and friends by visiting

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.