Alice Vest
Birth: Feb 14, 1886
Death: Nov 7, 1961 in Floyd Co, VA
Burial: Nov 10, 1961 in Wilson Cemetery, Floyd Co, VA
Gender: F
Father: View Family Sheet William Madison Vest born Dec 19, 1854 in Floyd Co, VA
Mother: Mary Susan Boone born Dec 31, 1849 in Franklin Co, VA
Family #1: View Family Sheet Ernest Thomas
Notes: Alice was a school teacher. She taught in early years at Double Springs School
located on Route 612 in Floyd County. This area was also known as the Flint
community. Her father, Mr. Bill Vest, also taught at this school. In later years,
Alice taught at Check Elementary School in the Check community in Floyd
County. She taught me in the 6th grade. Every afternoon after school, Alice
would have the boys in her class go to the lunchroom and get all the tin cans,
mostly gallon size, and put them in her car. She also went through several
trashcans each day and would take home anything she thought might be usable.
I often wondered what she did with all these items. Dorothy West Vest told
me (May 27, 2000) that after Alice died and before her home was sold,
truckloads of trash had to be removed from the house and hauled away. So I
suppose she just enjoyed collecting and hoarding junk. Dorothy also told me
on this day that this homeplace was recently sold by the present owner. It was
divided into 14 sections and sold at auction for $420,000.

In later years Double Springs School was restored to its original condition by
Dorothy and Mason Lee Whitenack. It is open for anyone to stop by and
reminisce about the old one room schools that once served the county.
Alice's funeral service was held at Haven's Chapel Methodist Church, Terrys
Fork, Virginia and was preached by the Reverend Fred Austin.

Erma Sowers said Alice Vest married Ernest Thomas when she was teaching at
Terrys Fork School and boarding with Mr. John Vest and his wife. She thinks
they were separated. Effie King Brown confirms that they were separated and
in later years they were divorced. She thinks Mr. Thomas moved to West

Narrative copied from The Descendants of Johann Diehl Bohne 1711-1764 by Mary Frances Conner Williams and Genevieve "Jennie" Gunderson Board.