Berry Highland South


Vira Lou Dalton

July 30, 1931November 1, 2020

Vira Lou Hagaman Dalton was welcomed into her heavenly home on November 1, 2020. Lou suffered a stroke on October 9th after 89 years of a vibrant, active life. She spent her life making the world a more beautiful place. She provided fresh altar flowers for her church for nearly 20 years, many picked from her own yard. She played piano for more than 50 years at three different churches. She led children’s choirs and youth groups at Vestal United Methodist Church. She made beautiful clothes and quilts, decorated cakes, and sewed intricate needlework. She gardened and canned, cooked and baked.

In addition to making beautiful things, Lou invested in people. She is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, William (Bill) Dalton. They had just celebrated their anniversary on June 23, 2020. Lou and Bill had four children: Lou Ann, married to Harold Taylor; Michael Dalton, married to Bobbie; Darrell Dalton and Barbara; and Jana, married to Chuck Spicka.

Loved by her children and their spouses she was also known as Grandma, GG, and Gma to Ben Taylor and wife Angela, Tom Taylor and wife Amy, Chelsi Ellis and husband Josh, Salem Spicka and Charis Spicka. Great grandchildren are: Benjamin and Ethan Taylor; Kaydance, Paiton, and Lexi Taylor; Dara and Aida Ellis. Special additions to our family Chris, Missy, Gabby Seay and Isaiah, Mia, Emma.

Known as prayer warriors, Lou and Bill had a long standing reputation of praying for their family and church family. She loved both her family and St Mark's God family and was dearly loved by them.

Lou was the youngest of four, born on July 30, 1931, to Dexter and Ruth Hagaman. She is survived by her sister Clara Hagaman, 96, and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her brothers, CD and Gene Hagaman. She graduated Young High School where she played in the band and orchestra. Lou began playing piano at age 6 and played all her life either for her family or in church. She retired from playing at church at age 88.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 3359 Louisville Rd., Louisville, TN 37777. Family will receive condolences at 1:00pm with Service to follow at 2:00pm.

Family will receive friends in the Chapel at Berry Highland South Funeral Home, 9010 E. Simpson Rd., Knoxville, TN 37920 on November 9, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm with a Graveside Service immediately following. Online condolences can be made to the family at

Berry Highland South Funeral Home 9010 E. Simpson Rd. Knoxville, TN 37920



  • William (Bill) Dalton, Husband
  • Lou Ann Taylor, Daughter
  • Michael Dalton, Son
  • Darrell Dalton, Son
  • Jana Spicka, Daughter

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  • Michael Dalton
  • Darrell Dalton
  • Chuck Spicka
  • Ben Taylor
  • Tom Taylor
  • Josh Ellis
  • Harold Taylor


  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 7, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 7, 2020

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 9, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, November 9, 2020

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Janet Lawson Cooper

November 7, 2020

My Lawson family has known Ms. Lou (and Bill) for over 65 years. We all have different memories too numerous to count, but special none the less. So very, very sorry to learn of her passing, but assured she is with her Lord. We are so sorry we cannot be with you in person, as we care for our 92 year old mother, but know that you all are in our hearts and prayers. ... The Juanita Lawson family

David Scarlett

November 3, 2020

I’m so saddened when I heard about Lou,, after visiting with this dear couple for a few years with the SCAN program, there became a special bond and love that will always be with me, and to Bill I can’t imagine your grief but just know I will be praying for you like you and Lou have for me,, with all my love,, David

Jeane McBrayer

November 2, 2020

I shared being a step-grandmother with Lou to Chelsi Dalton Ellis, the joy of my life. She was a wonderful lady whom I adored. My prayers for all the family with Love for comfort and peace in this difficult time. May God wrap his loving arms around you in your sorrow.

Becky Stephens

November 2, 2020

Lou was the best! While serving at St. Mark’s, anything I asked of her, she would go out of her way to do. I always knew that if she told me she was praying for me or a particular situation, then I had better watch out. She and Bill knew what it meant to pray boldly—and pray without ceasing! Every Sunday, Bill would be waiting in the foyer for Olivia to arrive so he could give her a ride on his scooter. That was the highlight of her week! I wish I had a church full of people like Bill and Lou. The pic I’ve attached is Olivia sitting at the piano at St. Mark’s playing like Lou. Lou certainly left her mark in my family. Please share my love and prayers with Bill. Holding you all close during these days! Pastor Becky and Olivia

Missi Seay

November 2, 2020

I first met Lou almost 9 years ago. I married her step grandson and we were expecting our daughter Gabby. She welcomed me with open arms, as if she had known me her entire life. Her family hosted a baby shower for us. Lou handmade a beautiful baby blanket, that we will always cherish. When she talked to you, she always listened and genuinely cared about what was going on in your life. She would pray for you and with you. She gave the best hugs. She loved her family and that love will continue on for generations to come. She will be missed dearly. Sending love to all the family. Praying for GOD to fill your hearts with all the wonderful memories and love she had for you all, and for peace in the days and weeks to come.

David Smithey

November 2, 2020

I only knew Lou for four years when my ex-wife was her pastor at Saint Marks UMC, but that was enough to endear her to my heart. Lou was such a sweet and gentle person. Her laughter and her smile always brightened my day. My prayers to Bill and the family.


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