|Ernest M. Dill, the only child of Charles Ernest and Ethel Evans Dill, was born July 6, 1903 in Marion County, Ohio. At nineteen he married Dorthea Ruth Greene and to this union three daughters were born. They are now Mrs. Alice DaMant, Mrs. Edith Prine, and Mrs. Mildred Long. In 1924 E. M. Dill received his first call to the ministry, but family responsibilities turned him aside to raise his daughters. He then sailed the seas for fifteen years as a merchant marine, including service during World War II, and as a chief engineer remained for years in the Naval Reserve. In 1948 he and Effie C. May of New Orleans were married, and two sons, Ernest Marion, Jr., and John Ernest blessed this union.
He lived in and operated his own business in Pearl River, Louisiana, when he received his second call to come and be a minister and go and preach the gospel. In 1963 he was granted a license to preach. In 1964 he was appointed to serve the Sun-Bush Charge and was attending summer school at Perkins Seminary of Southern Methodist University. Ernest Marion Dill was ordained a deacon in 1967 and was appointed to serve the Livingston-James Chapel Charge. To follow were four years at Pollock, Selma, Liberty Chapel, then on to Kilbourne-Locust Grove. While pastor there in April 1974 he suffered a massive stroke. He and Effie moved to Ruston and with remarkable recovery he enjoyed life and being fairly active until his final illness in July 1976. Reverend Dill died in the Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. His body was given to Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport for medical research. A memorial service was held at Grace Church in Ruston. Reverend Dill had seen a need for mission and ministry, and ten years of his life were dedicated and committed to that need—and his calling.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1977, p. 168 By Leon C. Scott|