Warren County has presented James A. Dillon with a resolution recognizing his outstanding and meritorious service as Warren County historian for the past 35 years.
Along with the signed resolution, Dillon was presented a plaque by Warren County Executive Herschel Wells and executive secretary Carol Cantrell.
“I appreciate this,” said Dillon. “This is very nice. Warren County has always been very good to me.”
The resolution states:
Whereas, on July 23, 1979, James. A. Dillon Jr. was appointed as Warren County Historian by the Legislative Body of Warren County, Tennessee; and
Whereas, Mr. Dillon held the position of Warren County Historian for over 35 years, serving under County Executives H.T. Pelham, Ray Moore, Harry Dunn, Carol Hamblen, Kenneth Rogers, John Pelham, and Herschel Wells; and
Whereas, Mr. Dillon’s love of history and love of Warren County were the catalysts for his voluntary and uncompensated service as County Historian; and
Whereas, on innumerable occasions Mr. Dillon graciously shared his vast knowledge of Warren County history with individuals and civic groups, astounding his audiences with detailed accounts of historical incidents; and
Whereas, Mr. Dillon was a significant contributor and participant in the McMinnville-Warren County Sesquicentennial celebration in 1960, the United States Bicentennial Committee for Warren County in 1976, and the Warren County Bicentennial celebration in 2007-2008; and
Whereas, Mr. Dillon is a highly respected citizen of Warren County who has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Outstanding Jaycee Award in 1960, Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Young Man of Warren County in 1962, Distinguished Citizen Award in 1984, Grand Marshal of the 2007 Christmas Parade along with his wife Sammye, and being named Mr. Warren County and Senior Mr. Bicentennial in 2008; and
Whereas, Mr. Dillon exhibited his sincere interest in business, church, and community through his membership on many boards and service to his church and community organizations; and
Whereas, as further evidence of Mr. Dillon’s character, it is important to recognize his service in the United States Army and the United States Army Reserves from which he retired with the rank of Colonel; and
Whereas, Mr. Dillon has humbly acknowledged his love of God and family and credited both with his success in life;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Legislative Body of Warren County, Tennessee, meeting in regular session on this the 20th day of April, 2015 as follows:
Section 1. That the Honorable James A. Dillon Jr., be hereby recognized for his outstanding and meritorious service as Warren County Historian for the past 35 years;
Section 2. That this resolution shall take effect from and after its passage, the welfare of the county requiring it.
Dillon was presented the resolution Wednesday at his home.