Benita D. Lackey

May 22, 1937June 20, 2019
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Mrs. Benita Rachel Dickerson Lackey, age 82 of Collinsville, VA., passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Mrs. Lackey was born on May 22, 1937 in Floyd, VA. to the late Norman Edmund Dickerson and the late Marie Howery Dickerson. She was married for 55 years to Earl Maynard Lackey, until his death on November 2, 2011. She graduated from Floyd High School and from Radford College with a Bachelor’s Degree. She taught in Henry County Schools for 30 years and substituted for 12 years. She coached the Literature Team at Fieldale-Collinsville High School for 15 years. She was a member of the Martinsville-Henry County Retired Teachers, NEA, VEA, Patrick Henry DAR, the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, the Cameo Club, the Floyd County Historical Society, The Red Hat Racers, the Friendship Club, Betty Westover Mission Group and a member of the First Baptist Church of Collinsville.

Mrs. Lackey is survived by her daughter, Jean Marie Nelson (Tom), one son, Jeffrey Maynard Lackey (Debbie), four grandchildren, Rachel Lynn Nelson, Alexander Tyree Lackey, Thomas McLean Nelson, Nicholas Paul Lackey, two sister-in-laws, Nancy Lackey Edelen, Evelyn Lackey White, two brother-in-laws, Finney Edelen and Connie Turman.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Collinsville with Reverend Larry Cheek officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Burial Park. The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday evening, June 25, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

The family suggest that memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church of Collinsville, 3339 Virginia Avenue, Collinsville, VA. 24078.


  • Norman Edmund Dickerson, Father
  • Marie Howery Dickerson, Mother
  • Earl Maynard Lackey, Husband
  • Jean Marie Nelson, Daughter
  • Tom Nelson, Son-in-law
  • Jeffrey Maynard Lackey, Son
  • Debbie Lackey, Daughter-in-law
  • Rachel Lynn Nelson, Granddaughter
  • Alexander Tyree Lackey, Grandson
  • Thomas McLean Nelson, Grandson
  • Nicholas Paul Lackey, Grandson
  • Nancy Lackey Edelen, Sister-in-law
  • Evelyn Lackey White, Sister-in-law
  • Finney Edelen, Brother-in-law
  • Connie Turman, Brother-in-law


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 25, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 26, 2019


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Lisa Hernandez

June 25, 2019

So sorry for your loss

Reverend Charles Taylor

June 23, 2019

Mrs. Lackey was my tenth grade English teacher at Bassett High School, but more than that, she was a great friend and adviser. I remember being in her class when our principle, Mr. Waleski made
the announcement that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, Texas. I remember her concern for the moment and for the welfare of her students in the class. That was Mrs. Lackey, always concerned for the needs of others. Many years ago I worked at Wickline Drugs and I saw and talked with her often. She was a sweet Christian lady and she will be fondly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. To the family, may the
LOVE of JESUS CHRIST richly bless you.

Charles Taylor, Living Water Ministries, Bassett Va. (NAHUM 1:7 /JOHN 3:16 KJV)

Courtney Lippencott

June 23, 2019

So very sorry to hear of Mrs. Lackey’s passing. A wonderful teacher and always with a beautiful smile! God Bless you all during this difficult time.....

Joan Frith

June 23, 2019

Benita was always so thoughtful and kind. Always enjoyed her company especially at our DAR functions. She will be remembered and missed.

Walt Shaw

June 23, 2019

Benita was a true friend who was always positive, had a smile for you and a story about my mom and aunt Barbara. She made everyone around her better. Just a wonderful woman of faith. God bless all the family.

Desmond Kendrick

June 23, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family of Benita Lackey. I was able to work with her for many years on many history related projects. She was a sincere and wonderful lady. I know she will be missed.

Regina McMillian

June 23, 2019

What an enthusiastic educator and friendly lady! Mrs. Lackey was one of my English teachers at FCHS in the early 70's. May God bless and comfort her children and other family members!

Susan Webb Moxley

June 22, 2019

I will miss her so much she was always encouraging me to pursue my dreams. I will always remember the times I would come over to her classroom and check papers for her. She was one of the best teachers that I had in high school.

Vicki Walker (Wellman)

June 22, 2019

I loved Mrs Lackey. She taught me in 1987. She helped me realize how much I loved poetry and story telling and entered me into competitions for the school, that I won. This in turn boosted my self confidence. I can’t remember most of my teachers but I will always remember Bonita Lackey. She was special and she made me feel special. RIP

Susan Kanode

June 22, 2019

Mrs. Benita was the very definition of lovely. Always a smile and a warm word. I am blessed to have known her from Red Hat Racers to DAR. Happy Home-going!