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Dodson R. Barineau

AGE: 89 • Hockessin, Del.

Dodson Barineau passed away peacefully on February 11, 2016 at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin. Born and raised in Lincolnton, North Carolina of the late John William Barineau and Addie Ramseur Grier Barineau, he was named for a great uncle, Stephen Dodson Ramseur, a Lincolnton native who was a noted Confederate general. Lincolnton was always special to Dodson.

Dodson served in the US Army during WWII, including the ASTP through which he earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from North Carolina State College. While stationed at Fort Jackson, he met the love of his life, Eleanor Exum McCall of Bennettsville South Carolina, who he married in 1948. Following the war, he joined the Hercules Powder Company with engineering, operations, plant management, and operations leadership assignments in Wilmington, Hopewell VA, Harbor Beach MI, Parlin NJ, Covington VA, and again in Wilmington. Through the Himont joint venture he led operations in Lake Charles LA, then returned to Wilmington to lead new business developments before retiring in 1991.

With their children John and Libby, Dodson and Eleanor enjoyed church, scouting, and civic activities, traveling, and entertaining family and friends they made in Hopewell and other communities. Dodson was sponsored by the Lincolnton Rotary Club in high school, leading to his service in the Harbor Beach, Covington, Lake Charles, and Wilmington Rotary Clubs. Dodson exemplified the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self", with strong fellowship and meaningful community and international service project involvement. He led the Building Team for the new Alleghany Regional Hospital in Low Moor Virginia, was Chairman of the Covington United Way, and was Co-recipient, with Eleanor, of the Covington Kiwanis Persons of the Year - the first time a couple was selected. In retirement, Dodson traveled extensively with Eleanor, and was an enthusiastic volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Red Cross Disaster Response team, and an active golfer at the Wilmington Country Club where he enjoyed the 9-19 Group. He and Eleanor celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary with family shortly before her death in 2009. He continued to enjoy Cokesbury concerts, the Willow Brooke Residents Council, and especially the church services and hymn sings. In all his life, Dodson was noted as a Southern gentleman, with a keen sense of humor and a warm smile.

Dodson is survived by his devoted son John and wife Deb of Hockessin, son-in-law Charles Drake Jr. of Winchester, Virginia, grandchildren Robert Drake and wife Tania, Justin Drake and wife Christy, Michael Drake, Mark Barineau, and Michelle Barineau, great-grandsons Bear Drake and Wesson Drake, nephews William Shipman, Michael Shipman, Robert Barineau, and Charles Reid, and nieces Robin Barineau Beard and Lillian Gerardi. He is preceded in death by his wife Eleanor, daughter Elizabeth "Libby" Barineau Drake, brothers James William Barineau, Stephens Berkeley Barineau, and Robert Erwin Barineau, sisters Elizabeth McDaniel Barineau and Sadie Adeline Barineau Shipman.

The Barineau Family would like to thank the staff of Cokesbury Village and the Willow Brooke section for their wonderful care and support.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at Cokesbury Village on Saturday, March 12 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 16 to Mar. 7, 2016
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