Richard Dale Sherrill was born to the late Fred W. Sherrill and Mary Morrow Sherrill,
in Statesville, NC on September 26, 1943. He was immersed in a Christian community
that would be his lifelong support from an early age. He graduated from Durham
Barber College in 1962 and began his career as a local barber. In 1964 he enlisted in
the United States Army as an Armored Intelligence Specialist and would continue to
serve here in the United States during the Vietnam War era training for combat and
cutting the hair of his fellow enlistees. He was honorably discharged in 1966 after
serving his country and remained in the Army Reserve for an additional four years.
Dale and his family moved to Flat Rock, NC in 1981, where he worked for over 40 years
as the Director of Building and Grounds at Bonclarken Conference Center. He always
saw this job as a ministry for the Lord. His gentle spirit and kind deeds will not be
forgotten by those who had the pleasure of knowing him. His comedic wit, his bright
smile, and his sparkling blue eyes made everyone at ease around him. Dale did not
know a stranger.
In his spare time, he could be found either attending a drag race, where he often served
on a crew, or he could be found visiting horse shows dreaming of the day he would own
a mule of his own. Dale loved animals from an early age and especially loved horses
and mules. He shared his enthusiasm for these things with his family and friends,
whether through stories of racing his brother as a teenager or taking his grandsons to
races and rodeos.
Dale is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara Sherrill, whom he fell in love
with and asked to marry on their first date; two loving daughters Jennifer Meade and
Eliza Hardin; 6 grandsons, Graham Hamer, Isaiah Hamer, Tristan Meade, Ezra
Hardin, Cyrus Hardin, and Jonah Hardin. He is also survived by an older brother,
David Sherrill, and a younger sister, Diane Mason, both of Statesville, NC. Dale was
an example to his family of patience, discipline, and humility. He will be greatly
missed and always held dear in our hearts.