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Frances Dickey Carroll


Frances Dickey Carroll, age 94, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Aldersgate Assisted Living in Charlotte, N.C.

Frances was a loving wife, mother, and grandma to her family and a friend to those she came in contact with. She taught over 40 years to children, in an orphanage, in Richmond and finished her school career at Cave Spring Elementary in Roanoke, Va. Mrs. Carroll loved children and people – she and her husband taught in their churches prison ministry for years. She was crazy about her family and her grandchildren. Frances left a big mark on many lives and her presence will be missed by so many.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Herman Carroll, Jr., a World War II Army Veteran who passed in 1995; her mother, Fannie James Hall Dickey; her father, Walter Highly Dickey; sister, Betty Dickey Stuart; and brother, Dr. Walter Hall Dickey.

Mrs. Carroll is survived by her twin sister, Kathryn Dickey Lawrence of Christiansburg, Va.; children, Suzanne Carroll Pace and husband, Nolan “Skip” of Charlotte, N.C., Sally Carroll Moorer and husband, Glenn of Marion, Va., John Carroll II and wife, Nancy of Vinton, Va.; grandchildren, Emily Pace O’Conner and husband, Brian of Knoxville, Tenn., Andrew Pace of Charlotte, N.C., Ginny Moorer Shields and husband, Ryan, and Matt Moorer and wife, Ashley, all of Marion, Va.; sister-in-law, Phyllis Shawn Dickey of Roanoke, Va.; nieces and nephews, Betty Lynn Lawrence Thompson, Larry Lawrence, Sandra Dickey Phillips, Diane Dickey Washenberger, Walter Dickey, Becky Dickey Austin, Randy Dickey, Phyllis Ann Dickey Norbo, Betty Jean Stuart Stout, Bobby Stuart, Sam Stuart, and Alex Stuart.

The family will celebrate her life with a private memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, Frances and her family would be proud to know that children are still reading books; and memorial contributions may be made to the Imagination Library, c/o Smyth County Chamber of Commerce, 214 West Main Street, Marion, VA 24354.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Frances Dickey Carroll. 

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Frances was my third grade teacher in 1969. I wrote her often and called here and there. I was later her paper boy. Bagged her groceries at Mick- or- Mack. Lifeguarded at Sugar Loaf pool. Pumped gas for her at Cave Spring Exxon. She was always a pleasure to talk to. She made me call her "Grandma Carroll" later on. She was a very special person. And friend. My deepest sympathies to you all. Mark

Mark Wilson Dec 18 2018 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss!

Maria Warren Sep 9 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Many prayers for you and family. I now see where you get your love of teaching and people Sally. Love, James & Debbie

James and Debbie Rogers Sep 7 2018 12:00 AM

Our love and prayers to my cousins - we share in your loss. I feel like Tanny had a big part in my career choice. She told Dad about the state teacher scholarships and I applied. So I took courses to get my teaching certificate - leading to a 45 year career in education. That is just one of the many ways she touched my life.

Diane Dickey Washenberger Sep 6 2018 12:00 AM

Mrs. Carroll was my 3rd grade teacher at Cave Spring Elementary School in 1964. She took a shy, quiet little girl with no confidence and made her feel safe, secure, and special every single day. She was such an exceptional woman and will always hold a dear place in my heart. My sympathy to all who loved her. I know you will mess her greatly.

Mary Beth Parrish Cargill Sep 6 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. May God give each of you comfort and peace during this time of sorrow and strength in the days ahead

Juanita Shields Sep 6 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Suzie, Sally and Johnny: I loved your mother dearly. She was like a second mother to me. She meant the world to me.I mourn her passing and want to do whatever I can to properly remember her. Please let me know about a proper memorial. Your cousin, Bob Stuart

Bob Stuart Sep 6 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Sally and family, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Helen Vernon Sep 5 2018 12:00 AM

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