Louise Hopkins Veasey

October 21, 1925July 14, 2020

With both sorrow and celebration, we announce the passing of our beloved Louise. Our sorrow is for the huge empty space left in our hearts at her passing. Our celebration is for the great joy she brought to our lives, and has surely carried Home with her.

Louise was born in Hurdle Mills, NC to Oscar and Mary Clayton Hopkins. She was younger sister to Claude and big sis to Gladys. They were a close-knit family, and Louise had hilarious tales to tell of adventures growing up in the Great Depression.

When Louise was 17, she met the love of her life, Sterling Sumner Veasey. They soon realized they were meant to be and, two days after Louise’s 18th birthday, Sterling showed up at the front door in his U.S. Marine uniform, and said “Come on, we’re getting married!”. They headed straight out to the Justice of the Peace and were wed. One week later, Sterling shipped out to serve his country in the South Pacific. It would be two long years before he returned home.

When WWII finally ended and Sterling did return, he and Louise truly began their lives together. They settled in Durham, and later in Raleigh. There they raised their two children, Louanne Veasey Clark and Sterling Matthew Veasey (Matt). They lived a wonderful life together until Sterling’s passing in 1990.

Two of the greatest joys of Louise’s life were her granddaughters, Julia Cynthia Clark and Alayna Gayle Veasey. She was so proud of her girls, and had a very close and loving relationship with both of them.

Louise had a quick wit, a tremendous zest for life, and a great love for people. She was a dedicated member of Hayes Barton Baptist Church. There she taught Sunday School for years, and served on multiple committees into her 90s. Louise loved good company, a good joke, and she never forgot the joy of play. Whether it was a game of bridge, visits with friends and family, or simply playing pretend with her young granddaughters, Louise was always the life of the party. We can only imagine the celebration in Heaven, with her parents and siblings, Sterling, Louanne, and all who have been waiting to see her again! We will treasure her love always, and hold her memory close in our hearts.

Louise is survived by her son, Matt and daughter-in-law, Wendy; her granddaughters Julia and Alayna; her extended family, in-laws, and “outlaws”, whom she loved dearly and with whom she shared great times and wonderful memories. A celebration of life for Louise will be held at a future date.

The family would like to thank the staff at Transitions Life Care for the loving care they provided. We are so grateful to these wonderful caregivers who enabled Louise to spend her last months in her own home, and then with Matt and Wendy in theirs. Please consider making a donation in Louise’s memory to Transitions Life Care, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, or to Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27608.

Graveside service for Louise will be private.


  • Private Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 24, 2020


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Cissy O'Neal

July 22, 2020

It was very difficult for us to hear of the passing of Louise Veasey. As children growing up, Louise and Sterling were in our home often as they were members of our parents' bridge club. As mentioned so often already, Louise was the life of the party! She was so mischievous and loving at the same time. She will be welcomed by many in heaven that got there before she did, especially welcomed by our mom and dad, Sara and Ed O'Neal. We are sending prayers to Matt and family and hoping precious memories of a wonderful mother and woman bring comfort during this difficult time.
Pat, Cissy and Mike O'Neal

Sue Hooe (Brawley)

July 20, 2020

My heart felt such sadness when I saw Louise passed. She was such a vibrant, active, fun-loving lady. My parents, Charles and Hilda Brawley, lived within sight of Louise's house in Lyon Park....that's how I knew her. After my parents passed, I would sometimes drive through the neighborhood, and if I saw Louise's car there, I would stop to say hello....which often turned into a visit of an hour or more. We could just talk and talk, and laugh together; cars, politics, whatever. She was such a delight.
In the past few years it seemed I never got over that way, but I often thought of her. Probably a couple of years ago, I drove by but not see her car....I hoped maybe she was just out and about. I'm feeling very sorry now I wasn't more in touch these past couple of years, but so thankful I had the opportunity to know her.

Today I'll think happy thoughts of Louise in heaven, reunited with loved ones. My sincere condolences to the family she loved dearly. I know you'll miss that "jewel" of a lady.

Brenda Jarmakani

July 19, 2020

We send condolences to Matt,Wendy,Julia and Alayna,
Louise was a lifelong friend and we will treasure our memories. I grew up next door to Louise, Sterling, and Louanne in Durham and we shared many happy times including beach trips which were the highlight of my summers. Louise was a wonderful neighbor and friend and always made us smile! A beautiful spirit goes on.
Brenda and Jay Jarmakani

Henry and Elizabeth Turlington

July 19, 2020

We just read the obituary of your precious Louise Veasey. We loved the story of she and Sterling - true love. We are so happy we had that last time with her at your home through the front door laughing and enjoying her fun personality. The joy in our hearts will stay there to remember her and to be inspired by her. Thank you Wendy and Matt for your Christian family providing for her with so much love. Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family as she will surely be missed by so many.

Martha Server

July 18, 2020

We know Heaven has been celebrating the arrival of Louise . . . especially Sterling & Louanne!
Louise was a former neighbor and lifelong friend of our family—G.C. & Joyce Hopkins! The picture I captured with Louise making Mom laugh out loud is so telling of the humor & joy Louise brought to everyone!
Bill and I pray for Holy Spirit Comfort for the family as they celebrate Louise’s life on earth!

Martha Server

July 18, 2020

Louise was a neighbor and lifelong friend of GC & Joyce Hopkins . . . and our entire family! I am so grateful to God to have loved Louise for 70 years! She could always make everyone laugh!
Praying for Holy Spirit Comfort for family as they celebrate her life on earth! Louise’s prayers are still protecting her children & grandchildren whom she loved so much! Bill & Martha and family

Ed Hopkins

July 18, 2020

Oscar Hopkins was a brother to my Dad's father, Chandler Hopkins. I met Oscar and his wife several times during my youth in Alamance County, NC and visited them in Ffland several times. I became aware of Ms Louise due to DNA. I feel that I know her through her grand daughter Julia Clark who managed her DNA post. My condolences to the family and I would love to connect with all of you who are kin folk! Ed (Gains Edward Hopkins, Jr.)

Alice Sprinkle

July 18, 2020

Louise was a good friend and bridge player for me. She was also a great friend to my mom Kathryn, always calling and checking on her.
Thank you Louise!!! We'll miss you!! Hope you've got a foursome in heaven!!

Linda Clayton

July 17, 2020

She was a special lady. Although she was my first cousin There was an age difference so I thought she was my aunt for a long time. Fly high sweet lady.

Sally Williamson Greaser

July 17, 2020

Matt and Wendy,
I just wanted you to know I am thinking about you and Mrs. Veasey's granddaughters. Even though I grew up at Hayes Barton, I did not get to know your mom well until I began driving my mom to Family Night at HBBC. Most of the time we would sit with Mrs. Veasey, Mrs. Durham, Mrs. Daniel and Mrs. Manning. When my mom went to Mayview, we always looked forward to seeing your mom when she would help with the Monday afternoon social once a month. Mrs. Veasey was always a joy to be with and I know she will be missed. While I know there is much sadness, I know there are many great memories of a life well lived.


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