Vest, Louise Dickerson

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Louise Dickerson Vest, 96 of Floyd County, went to be with the Lord on May 7, 2023 surrounded by family. She was born on September 4, 1926 to Clarence and Elsie Dickerson. She was the beloved wife of Charlie “Hamp” Hampton Vest whom she now has joined in heaven. She was greeted in her heavenly home by so many including her parents, siblings and two daughters, Peggy Bott and Tammy Hiatt.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Kathy (Haden) Dulaney; son, Kevin Vest; special daughters, Kimberly (Brandon) DeVault and Rebecca Gillespie. Additionally left to miss her are her grandchildren, Brad (Kimberly) Dulaney, Angie (Barry) LeNoir, Wayne Gillespie, Amanda (Matt) Anthony, Justin Gillespie, Kimberly (Brandon) DeVault, Rebecca Gillespie, Zach Vest, Douglas Gillespie, TJ Lunsford; many great-grandchildren; and many friends that became family.

After graduating from Shawsville High School, she went to work at Southern Dairies. While traveling to work on the bus in 1946, she met the love of her life, whom she married on December 28, 1946 and spent 70 years together. One of many pastimes she enjoyed was playing basketball. She played every year at Shawsville High School as well as many years on an independent team for Check Elementary at the age of 47 and many more enjoying cheering others on.

She had been caretaker to many over her lifetime including adopting four children, raising two grandchildren and she took care of both her parents until they passed. She cared for many others whom she mentored each summer until the adoption of her four children. She has affected the lives of so many people in this area, not only as a Sunday School teacher of many years at Piedmont Methodist Church and Crockett Springs UMC. She was the treasure of Crockett Springs UMC for over 16 years, overseeing the construction of the new church and continuing to help as a founding member of Crockett Spring UMC throughout her lifetime. Additionally she touched the lives of many children working in the cafeteria for 15 years at Shawsville Elementary, including several years when she managed the cafeteria.

One of her most cherished accomplishments was advancing her way thru the chapters of the Eastern Star and leading to the title of Worthy Matron, inducting many others into it as she went on.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at Crockett Spring United Methodist Church with Rev. Brad Dulaney officiating. Interment will follow in the Piedmont Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Good Samaritan Hospice for the wonderful care they have provided these last few months. Special thanks to Monica, Shannon and Todd.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crockett Springs United Methodist Church, 2780 Crockett Springs Rd, Shawsville, VA 24162