SHELBY - Genell Newton Dodson, 85, of Apple Hill Drive, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Peak Resources of Shelby. A native of Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lola Lail Causby.
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She grew up in the Walls Church community, was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and later retired from Hoechst Celanese. Genell was an avid Atlanta Braves fan, loved her Dukes mayonnaise, pink roses, country music and especially loved her family and friends. She also decorated many beautiful cakes for hundreds of people for more than 30 years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Fred Charles Newton; second husband, Oscar "Junior" Dodson; sister, Katie Mae Collins; and two step-sons, Ronald Dodson and Barry Dodson.
She is survived by her two sons, Roger Newton and wife Rhonda of Greenville, S.C., and Chris Newton of Shelby; daughter, Christine Pennington of Shelby; brother, Gus Causby and wife Joyce of Swainsville; seven grandchildren, Shelby Harrington, Joe and Jessica Newton, Keeley and Joshua Pennington, Krystal Earls and Jonathan Newton; members of the Dodson family and especially Melissa Dodson Carlisle and Janine Henson Dodson of Forest City; five great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Visitation: The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Funeral home: 2 p.m. Friday at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel
Officiated by: Dr. Tim Sims
Burial: Cleveland Memorial Park
Funeral home: Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby is serving the family.
Memorials: Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, 606 S. Dekalb St., Shelby, NC 28150
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
Clay-Barnette Funeral Home
1401 West Dixon Boulevard
Shelby, NC 28152
Published in Shelby Star on Apr. 17, 2014