Troy Gene Dill

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Troy Gene Dill

<p>Troy Gene Dill Sr. was born on February 23, 1943, in Talihina, OK, to Ora Dill and Georgia Ina Mell Smith. Troy had five siblings, all brothers: Roy Daniel, Loy Dean, Floyd Weldon, Emmert Eston, and Kenneth Van Dill. His twin brother Loy only lived for two hours, but Troy was proud to be a twin.</p><p><br></p><p>Troy married the love of his life, Pearl Shelton on October 21st, 1970, in East Point, GA. The story of their meeting was originally relayed to their children as an exuberant suitor being doused in ketchup by an exasperated waitress. The truth was more prosaic: a persistent pursuit, pizza, and a picture show.</p><p><br></p><p>Troy was very proud of his service in the US Air Force from 1963 to 1967, during the Vietnam War where he spent time in Ubon, Thailand.</p><p>After earning his A &amp; P Aircraft Certification at Spartan School of Aeronautics in 1969, Troy went to work for Delta Air Lines. He started as a hangar mechanic in Atlanta, Ga., and moved with his young family to DFW in 1977. He moved through the ranks from line mechanic to lead mechanic and eventually supervisor. When Delta was the official carrier for the Dallas Cowboys, Troy was one of their designated aircraft mechanics. This was a great honor, able to combine his passion, help his favorite team and meet some of the Cowboy Legends. (Roger, Danny, Randy, and Raphael). In total, Troy spent 31 years with Delta, retiring in 2000.</p><p><br></p><p>Troy had the mechanic’s knack. He could service and repair anything mechanical or electrical. He offered his gift freely to friends, family, and neighbors. He often spent evenings helping folks fix their cars and homes. In his younger days, he would be under the car or sink; later, he would sit to the side and supervise.</p><p><br></p><p>Troy was known by many different nicknames such as Ty, Ty Hacker, Tyboy, Darlin’, Daddy, Big Troy, Pops, Grumpa, Papaw, Bumble Bee and BumBum.</p><p>After his retirement,&nbsp;Troy enjoyed working in the yard and feeding his cardinals, finches, and woodpeckers. He&nbsp;also spent a lot of time in his retirement years traveling with his beloved wife Pearl, helping her collect genealogy information on both of their families.</p><p><br></p><p>Troy was preceded in death by his parents, his youngest brother Kenny, and his grandnephew Daniel Dill (Double D).</p><p>Troy is survived by his sweetheart, Pearl; his daughter, Theresa Michelle Dill; son Troy Gene Dill Jr (Kristina); granddaughters Hailey Anne Hughes (Shawn), Zoe Elizabeth Wilfon-Taylor, and Hannah Pearl Dill-Wilfon; great-grandsons Shawn Morgan and Jiraiya Adam Hughes, eight nephews and two nieces plus many beloved friends and extended family.</p><p><br></p><p>In lieu of flowers, please donate to Troy’s preferred charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, at https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html or plant a tree in his memory via the link at the Sympathy Store.</p><p><br></p>
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July 10, 2024

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July 06, 2024

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July 06, 2024

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