Dolly Ann Clark Dickens

November 27, 1957March 12, 2021

Dolly Clark Dickens, 63, of Greenville went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus on Friday, March 12, after a long and hard-fought battle with COVID. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, 2704 Nash St. NW, Wilson, NC. Interment will follow the service in Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson, NC.

The family will receive friends before the service, at 1:00 pm, at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home.

The family asks that masks be worn at all events and that you kindly refrain from attending if sick or experiencing any COVID symptoms. Dolly suffered greatly during her battle with COVID, and the family does not wish for anyone else to have to experience that suffering.

Dolly graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High in 1975 and East Carolina University in 1979. She then pursued her childhood dream of becoming a teacher. Dolly taught English, Language Arts, and Spanish over her thirty plus years in the education system. She was an active member of Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount serving in the Children’s Ministry in various capacities. Dolly enjoyed being with her family, reading, and writing poetry in her free time. In spite of all of her successes as a teacher, if asked, Dolly would say that her greatest joy was found in being a mother. She sought to ensure that her daughters always knew they were loved unconditionally by both her and God…she succeeded.

Dolly is survived by her daughters, Nicole Nielson (Alan) of Winterville, and Marianne Dickens of Greenville; her parents, Moses and Shirley Hayes of Sharpsburg; sisters, Cathy Clark of Sharpsburg, Gina Hayes of Wilson, Pam Carroll (Mac) of Chesapeake, VA, and Kathy Proctor (Kelly) of Wilson; sister-in-law, Vivian Clark of Elm City; and brother, Greg Hayes (Tammy) of Chesapeake, VA. Dolly will also be greatly missed by her four grandsons, Cody, Dylan, Hunter, and Bradyn; aunts, Cheryle Wade (Harold), and Shirley Strickland; uncles, Earl Forehand, Selby Strickland (Wendy), and Tommy Strickland (Elna). Dolly will also be missed by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. There is no way to count the number of students and co-workers whose lives were also impacted by Dolly and who will miss her immensely.

Dolly was preceded in death by her grandparents, N. W. and Annie Clark, and Selby and Dolly Strickland; father, Wayne Clark; brother, Clay Clark; aunts, Carol Forehand and Aileen Clark; and uncle, Doug Strickland.

Flowers are welcome and may be directed to Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, 2704 Nash St. NW, Wilson, NC, 27896.

Funeral services are under the direction of Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC. Online condolences may be sent by visiting


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Betty Michal

March 18, 2021

Dolly was a special lady, and I remember her kind smile and words whenever I spoke to her. She was a living witness of her faith in God and it was evident to those around her. I am grateful that she was a teacher at Faith Christian School when my daughters were there. When I texted my daughter Anna that I had seen in the Rocky Mount Telegram paper about Dolly's passing, she said that she had actually been thinking a lot lately about Dolly and that it was good for the Lord to remind her to pray for her. Anna also wrote, "She was my English teacher. She was fantastic. I so enjoyed being her student. She taught me how to write and gave me a love for reading literature. I am very very grateful for her life. I was very good friends with her daughter in high school, Nicole."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family of such an inspirational, loving, godly lady. We are so grateful that Dolly's life intersected with ours and look forward to one day rejoicing with her in heaven.

Kim Hardy

March 18, 2021

Such a sweet lady! I enjoyed working with her at South Lenoir.

Bobby Davis

March 18, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and friends at this time of our great loss. May God’s blessings and guidance be with you in these troubled times.

Patti Adams

March 17, 2021

It's just so hard to believe that my childhood best friend is gone,we walked a lot of miles around our neighborhood back then and every chance we got we were at our friend mammy Lindsey's house she was an older lady we had such good times with her, She helped Dolly and I make chinese dresses for Halloween we thought we were something in them dresses.But the main thing about Dolly she laughed a lot and we loved to hear her laugh, My heart really hurts to know that sweet girl is gone, The last time I saw Dolly was at her brother Clays viewing she was the same sweet girl she always was. It had been years since I saw her but it was like we picked up where we left off. Dolly was a great person with a great personality. Dolly I will miss the fact that you're not here anymore but I will look forward to seeing you in Heaven. FLY HIGH MY ANGEL FRIEND💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙

Marla Hufton

March 17, 2021

Dolly was a sweet high school friend. She was so kind ,giving ,smart and funny. We loved her so much . Her becoming a teacher after high school was who she was. We will miss you , and will see you again one day. Love Marla Frederick Hufton.

Emily Davis

March 17, 2021

Mrs. Dickens was most certainly the most genuine person I’ve ever met. She was an amazing teacher and loved her students like we were family. I wish her family could see just how many of her students are sharing amazing memories on Facebook. Many prayers being lifted for her family and friends.


March 17, 2021

With all the good things i could say,My Friend says it all. Sorry for the loss of such a kind person. William Carter

Vicki Cauley

March 17, 2021

I worked with Dolly for a few years at SL. She was a wonderful person and was always willing to listen. I will cherish the memories I had with her. My deepest sympathy to all the family.

Rod Smith

March 17, 2021

Ms. Dolly will sure be missed. I enjoyed working with her while at South Lenoir. She was a very sweet lady and always willing to help. Prayers of comfort to her family and friends.