Benton County


Senate, 62nd General Assembly, 1921-23; representing counties of Benton, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin and McNairy; Republicans. Born in Benton County Sep. 22, 1865; son of John and Nancy (Williams) Dillon. Extent of schooling not stated; called "Doctor" in early life but nothing found to show that he studied medicine or practiced profession; title discontinued upon assumption of county office in 1912. First married in Benton County Oct. 28, 1883 to Cora Pafford; second marriage at Coffeeville, Yalobusha Co. MS Apr. 28, 1897, to Jennie Esther Rayburn daughter of John and Nancy (Cox) Rayburn; three children listed as surviving second wife, who died Feb. 20, 1946; nothing found to determine which wife was the mother; the survivors were - Beecham, Mrs. Gussie Hollingsworth, and Mrs. Clyde Lee. Senator Dillon was a farmer at Eva, Benton County. Appointed county tax assessor in Jan., 1912 to fill vacancy and elected to that office next term; acting postmaster at Eva, Oct. 18, 1923, Committee, 1918, and chairman of that committee, 1920, was member of county primary election board and alternate delegate to Republican national convention. Member Methodist Episcopal Church. Died at Eva, Sept. 15, 1954; buried in Flatwoods Cemetery, Benton County.

SOurce: Camden Chronicle, May 7, 1897; Apr. 12, Jul 5, Aug.2, 1912; July 26, 1918; Mar. 5, July 23, 1920; Mar.1, 1946; Sept.17, 1954; Feb. 17, 1956; Feb.8, 1957; U.S. Census, 1870 Benton County; Tenn. Vital Statistics, Death Certificate 2061, do., 18947.

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