Richard Dale Sherrill

September 26, 1943 - July 1, 2022

09/26/1943 - 07/01/2022

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.

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Ann Lackey Anthony
2 months ago

Dale was a wonderful man. My mother & her sisters said he always helped them. As we took over the house in Bonclarken across from Dale we got to know him and loved his sweet spirit, always a smile and he loved our dog and Cobi always visited Dale who loved to throw him the ball! Prays and peace to his family. He will be missed by all!

René Laughter
2 months ago

So sorry Barbara. Prayers for you and the family.

Sandra Blevins
2 months ago

Dale was one of the friendliest people I know. He never met a stranger. He would say, “Howdy neighbors.” We loved him and our kids loved him too.

Jane Thompson
2 months ago

When the Pardee Foundation offices were in the main hospital building, we needed some renovations to accommodate our growing staff. Dale was the man, with his team, to do the job. He was such a kind and gentle man, we loved having him in the office everyday while they worked on those changes.
After we both had retired from Pardee, I would occasionally see him and his lovely bride at the Wildflour Bakery in Saluda for after church lunch. Dale will be missed by many. My condolences to his family and friends.

Carolyn & Lee Ann Sherrill
2 months ago

RICHARD DALE SHERRILL FAMILY: In what ever occupation you knew Dale Sherrill to be involved in, truly he can be described in this manner: “Whatever he did do, Dale worked at it with all his heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since he knew that he would receive was an inheritance from the Lord as a reward, it was the Lord Christ that he was serving.” [Colossians 3:23-24.] “Well done loyal and faithful servant!”
All who knew you were proud to call you a dear friend. You were also a faithful Husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and a fellow servant from New Amity ARP Church and former Scotts, North Carolina resident. †

Steve Sherrill
2 months ago

RIP Uncle Dale. Always one of my favorites ❤️

Judy Hager
2 months ago

Praying for the family during your time of grief.