William Woodfin “Sonny” Dillon

Published 4:46 pm Monday, January 9, 2012

William Woodfin “Sonny” Dillon, 85, of Blacksburg, departed this life Saturday January 7, 2012.


He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Wanda Dillon. The son of the late William and Frances Dillon, Sonny was born in Franklin, VA on July 11, 1926, where he lived until enrolling in Virginia Tech in 1943. Immediately upon turning 18, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, in which he served until the end of WW II. Sonny graduated from Virginia Tech in 1949 with a degree in civil engineering, and began working for his father-in-law at Graves Construction Company, helping to build such Blacksburg landmarks as Gilbert Linkous Elementary School and Gables Shopping Center. In 1964, Sonny started his own construction business, and over the course of about 25 years, designed and custom-built over one hundred houses in and around Blacksburg, homes which are still enjoyed today. Sonny was a devoted husband and loving father, who enjoyed RV travel, golf, and spending time with his family. He was never happier than when dancing with his beloved wife.

Left behind to mourn his passing are his three daughters and their husbands, Deni and Kamal Rojiani, Pamela and Don Huvar, and Cathy and Rick Alcorn; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one sister, Ann Atkinson and her children; and two brothers-in-law and their wives, Eddie Jo and Roswitha Graves, and Sam and Vi Graves.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 11th at 1 pm in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Tommy McDearis officiating. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens Christiansburg. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday evening at the McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive SW, Blacksburg. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.