Robert Dill

Robert Dill

May 23, 1943 - September 23, 2020
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Robert Clifton Dill, 77, of Pine Bluff, died Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

He was born on May 23, 1943 on a kitchen table in Seton Dump Arkansas to Carl (Tinker) & Hazel Kinley Dill. They moved to England when Robert was small, where he attended school & graduated in 1961. He went on to attend college at Henderson State College in Arkadelphia.

Robert then started a long & successful career at Simmons Bank where he worked for 47 years. He began his career sweeping the floor in the mailroom, then through the guidance & good fortune provided by Louis Ramsay & George Walker, he ended his career as the Executive Vice President. He played a pivotal role in the success & expansion of Simmons throughout the state of Arkansas. Robert was respected & admired by his colleagues & associates throughout the state, as well as other parts of the nation. Robert served on many boards & committees for several organizations & charities. He has been an emcee and public speaker at numerous events.

In his personal life Robert was a family man, a role model, & a mentor for too many people to mention. Robert never met a stranger and was widely loved by many. The love he has spread has been returned by the outpouring of love and support his family has received.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and the love of his life, his wife of 52 years MarJo Thornton Dill. MarJo and Robert were high school sweethearts and remained by each other’s side until her passing in 2019. The love they had for each other is a rare and beautiful thing.

Survivors include his two children, Ryan Dill of Pine Bluff & Callie Dill of Sherwood; four brothers, Wayne Dill (Doris) of North Little Rock, David Dill of Little Rock, Jimmy Dill of Pine Bluff and Jeff Dill (Donna) of England; nine nieces & nephews, & twelve great nieces & nephews.

There will be a visitation from 5-7 on Monday, September 28, 2020 at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home in Pine Bluff. There will be a service for the family only, due to Covid-19 concerns, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. The service will be livestreamed and available for replay at Interment will follow in Mulberry Cemetery in England.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Easter Seals, The American Heart Association, The Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch or the ALSA Arkansas.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, September 28, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, September 28, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    All current state covid-19 restrictions will apply, including a facemask requirement for all attendees.
  • Service

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:00am
    Due to covid-19, attendance will be for family and invited guests only. All others are encouraged to attend the service virtually through the livestream on the website.
  • Interment

    Mulberry Cemetery
    ENGLAND, AR 72046
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Robert Britton

Posted at 03:45pm
I just learned of Roberts death I haven't seen Robert or any of his family in years I always thought the world of Robert and his mother and father. The whole family are great individuals. I have told a lot stories about Tinker. So sorry for,the family's loss.

Audrey Powell

Posted at 07:34pm
I was so sorry to hear of your loss of Robert. He and Marjo were such a great couple and I know they are so proud of their children. Blessings to all the family during this time of grief.

Alice and Pat Pappas

Posted at 12:49pm
Callie and Ryan, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you for your loss. We were next-door neighbors for many years and watched both of you grow up from the time you were babes. Stephanie loved babysitting for you over the years and she loved your Dad and your Mom like her second family. One time Stephanie was in trouble at home and confined to her room, and when I went to check on her she was gone. She had climbed out of her window and later your mom found her crying in your garage where she calmed her down and called to tell us she was all right. Your Dad was bigger than life and so much fun to be around. He will be missed by all those who loved him. Take comfort in knowing that your Mom and Dad are now together and that your many cherished memories of them will always be with you.
Alice and Pat Pappas

Gene A. Franks

Posted at 08:15pm
Robert was a good man.

Cliff Potenza

Posted at 12:41pm
Robert was special. I was the "New York" friend who first met Robert over 40 years ago. We were as different as night and day and yet we became friends. That friendship lasted until the day he left us. I was very lucky to have been able to talk to him a couple of days before he went to be with Marjo. He was his same old self, weak but funny and more concerned about me than himself. I am grateful for having know him, Marjo, Callie and Ryan. I'd like to share two stories that epitomize the man Robert was... funny, caring and spontaneous.
At a Banking conference he used his "Dr. Dill" when I was with him to get a table at Joe's Stone Crab restaurant in Miami.... we didn't have a reservation and the line was out the door. On that occasion he didn't have to revive anyone with a heimlich maneuver but we got our table quickly because he convinced the Maitre'd that he had to be in surgery on 2 hours! Once I was with Robert and Marjo attending a banking convention in New Orleans. We had spent a "bit" of time visiting some of the New Orleans "hot spots" and, of course, had to indulge in some of the typical New Orleans adult beverages... particularly at Pat O'Brians. It was very late when we walked back to our hotel and on the way there was a guy, shabbily dressed and glassy eyed playing the Sax on one of the street corners. We stopped to listen but Dad walked right up to him, put his arm around his shoulder and asked him to join us. We returned to the hotel which was one of those "atrium" types with a courtyard and rooms going up 10 stories around it. But.. there was a piano in the courtyard. Robert immediately dragged the sax play and mom to the piano where he started singing accompanied by mom on the piano and the sax player. Needless to say the lights started to go on in the rooms surrounding the courtyard. He sang until the hotel security stopped us and through the sax player out!

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