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Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport
Thursday September 22nd, 2022
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport
Thursday September 22nd, 2022

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East Tennessee Cemetery
Friday September 23rd, 2022

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Dr. Edward C. Dillowe

On September 20, 2022, Pastor, Edward C. Dillowe, Doctor of Theology, Ph. D. (Religion), Doctor of Sacred Theology, Doctor of Letters, Doctor of Divinity, went to see the One he met 56 years ago. The One he preached about  welcomed him home. He and his precious wife, Sue were married Christmas Day 1959 and were married 62 years. They were converted at a Baptismal service by Holston River near Kingsport on a Wednesday evening, June 8, 1966. Edward was a veteran having served three years in the Army and two years in the VA National Guard leaving as a sergeant.

Edward was a Baptist preacher for 54 years and a pastor for 53 years. He worked 33.5 years at Eastman, retiring as a training developer on April 1, 1996. Being converted from the “Jehovah’s Witness” cult, he preached in this area and other states and countries on “Why I Can No Longer Be A “Jehovah’s Witness.” Many books by this name were published, sold, or given away. Five million tracts by this title have been printed in a total of five languages and distributed to every Spanish-speaking country in the world, and Africa and Germany. He published a multiple page church paper for more than 50 years. The 12-page “RECORD” of Rock Springs Baptist Church was sent weekly to 14 US states and 22 foreign countries for years.

He started Rock Springs Baptist Mission (RSBM) based in Malawi, Central Africa in 1984 and remained the president until death. More than 3 million souls have been saved and baptized since it started. RSBM has started churches in 14 countries with the bulk of the work in Malawi, and Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa, Mozambique, and Tanzania, East Africa. He loved to tell that he had “seen 29 countries”, sat with a few UN ambassadors on his many overseas flights, and was invited in 1978 by a congressman and went to Washington, D.C. to meet the President and the members of the U.S. Supreme Court, but Jimmy Carter was busy that day.

The Dillowe family appreciate each of the doctors and nurses that helped Edward, especially these past 9 years since diagnosed with CLL. Dr. Richard Brandon, Oncologists, Dr. Tumkur and Dr. Da Silva did their best. He accused them all of “just trying to keep me out of heaven.” But the Lord Jesus won at last, and he is in heaven.

He was blessed to have lived 62 years with his precious wife, Sue (Keith) Dillowe. They have been blessed by their one son, Eddie and three daughters, Lisa Dillowe Cox (Larry), Barbara Dillowe Martin (Ron) and Patricia “Patty” Dillowe. He loved their four grandchildren, Bridget Cox Galloway (Daniel), Alyssa Martin Henry (Jarrod), Sadie Cox, and Luke N. Martin (Kaylin). He loved their great-granddaughters, Keylie and Kaslie Galloway; their great-grandson, Maddox Henry, and will see baby Galloway in heaven.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey George and Anna Mae Cookenour Dillowe; brothers Harvey, Jr. (Zigrid) and William Bradley; sisters Anna Catherine McCarty (Jack), Margarete Eunice Johnson (James), Norma Carol Grizzle (James) and Lenna Ruth Frasier (W. J.).

Edward is survived by his wife, four children, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a twin sister, Alma Jean Toombs Hall in Halifax, VA; fifteen nieces and nephews; one aunt and many cousins.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport. Funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m., with Dr. Bryan Thurman, Dr. Don McCann, Pastor Rick Vannoy and Preacher Tim Crusenberry officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted Friday, September 23, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at East Tennessee Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the graveside service, please meet at the funeral home by 11:00 a.m., and then proceed to the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to: Rock Springs Baptist Church, 1567 Rock Springs Road, Kingsport, TN 37664 and please mark for “RSBM Africa”.

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A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Edward Dillowe

Deannacordle Sep 22 2022 5:01 PM

So sad to learn of Bro. Ed's passing. I have such fond memories of all the years we all were together at Double Springs Church. Praying for each of you. -Joyce, Larry, Greg, and Jody Leonard

-Joyce, Larry, Greg, and Jody Leonard Sep 22 2022 12:41 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during the loss of precious Ed. He was a dear friend and we always loved talking with him. Bill, Lorraine, David and Daniel Buchanan

Lorraine Buchanan Sep 22 2022 9:59 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Edward Dillowe

Michael Wayne Fields Sep 22 2022 7:51 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Edward Dillowe

Emily Lane Sep 22 2022 4:10 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Edward Dillowe

Bill, Donna, Chris, & Andrew Sep 21 2022 7:59 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Edward Dillowe

Willidene Davenport Sep 21 2022 7:49 PM

Many of my earliest childhood memories include the Dillowe family. Dr. Ed was my cousin. When I was in the first and second grade we all rode the same school bus. More recently, I have enjoyed reading the 'Record' that he shared with me for the last several years. Dr. Ed was brilliant and interesting. For many years, he was always admired, loved, and appreciated by all who knew him. He touched many lives over the years in his church work and he will live forever in the memories of everyone he leaves behind. I am very sorry that I can not be there for his celebration of life because of health issues but please know that you, your family and church family are in our thoughts and prayers today.

Paul & Sallie Cookenour Sep 21 2022 5:07 PM

What a brilliant mind and loving heart for missions and ministry, all wrapped up in our dear Brother Ed! Very thankful for his influence and many prayers for the family!
Dr. Brad Davis, Antioch Baptist Church

Brad Davis Sep 21 2022 10:47 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Edward Dillowe

Alice Kegley Sep 21 2022 10:46 AM

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