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Castlewood, VA - Hope O. Dickenson, 86, died Monday, April
16, 2012, at Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, TN.
She was born April 2, 1929, in Castlewood, VA, daughter of
the late Gaines Combs and Ethel May Dorton Osborne.
She was a graduate of Temple Hill High School Class of
1942 and attended Milligan College and Radford College. A
community minded person throughout her life, she was
active in many civic and charitable organizations, serving
as a 4-H leader for many years. At the time of her death
she served on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian
Agency for Senior Citizens and the Historical Society of
Russell County. She was a member of Fort Gibson United
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Gose
She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Combs Dickenson;
three sons, Gaines Wade Dickenson and wife Lynda, Charlie
Gose Dickenson, Jr. and wife Barbara, and Mark Osborne
Dickenson and wife Joan, all of Castlewood, VA; eight
grandchildren, Elizabeth Hope Dickenson Couch, Gaines Wade
Dickenson, II, Melissa Dickenson, Rebecca Dickenson,
Jessica Dickenson Murthy, Katy Dickenson Elsea, Angela
Dickenson, and Juli Anna Dickenson Clark; eight great-
grandchildren, Alex Couch, Ben Couch, Lauren Elizabeth
Hope Couch, Ella Grace Coburn, Nalan Murthy, Wynn Murthy,
Clara Hope Elsea, and Dylan Clark; and several beloved
cousins and their families.
The family extends a special thanks to devoted friends,
Venus Blevins and Michael Collins.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Castlewood Funeral Home,
Funeral Services for Hope O. Dickenson will be conducted
at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Fort Gibson
United Methodist Church, 30 Church Street, Castlewood, VA,
with Rev. Harry Layell and Mr. S. A. Fraley officiating.
Interment will follow in Temple Hill Memorial Park,
Castlewood, VA. The body will be taken to the church one
hour before the service. Pallbearers will be John Dickenson
Adams, Tom Cook, Waldo Dorton, Dallas Hubbard, Jeff
Sutton, and Sherman Wallace. Honorary Pallbearers will be
Ned Coleman, Michael Collins, Harry Dickenson, and Dr.
In keeping with her wishes and in honor of her commitment
to children and youth, in lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to the Southwest 4-H Center,
25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210, or the United
Methodist Holston Home for Children, P. O. Box 188,
Greenville, TN 37744.
Castlewood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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