Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park

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Gelena Margaret (Timmerman) Dawes

June 7, 1931June 22, 2020

Gelena Timmerman Dawes, 89 of Stanley, NC went peacefully to be with our Lord on June 22, 2020. Gelena was born to her loving parents, George and Clydie Timmerman on June 7, 1931.

Gelena attended and loved Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church in Stanley, NC. She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking and crocheting. She was a kind-hearted, loving and selfless person to everyone she ever knew. She loved singing and listening to Southern Gospel and played the piano. She shared 69 loving years of marriage with her wonderful husband, Jim.

Gelena is survived by her husband James (Jim) Martin Dawes Sr.; brother Ben Timmerman Sr. and his wife Barbara; daughter Tonya Strout and her husband Larry; son James Martin (Marty) Dawes, Jr. and wife Debbie; son Keith Dawes; son Eric Dawes and wife Raina; grandchildren Kelly Dawes, Jason Dawes, Kristin Dowling, Nichole Warren, Cara Urbina and Seth Dawes; great-grandchildren Katelynn Dawes, Jade Conner, Jojo Conner, Lena Dawes, Mia Warren and Chandler Dowling; great-great-grandchildren Julian McClain, Trystan McClain and Malachi Rhodes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. George and Clydie Timmerman; brothers Charles and James Timmerman; sisters Florence Bass and Narvis Patterson and many loving brothers and sisters in Christ.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, June 25th at Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church, 113 Parkwood St. Stanley, NC 28164. Visitation will be before the service from 1-2 pm. Burial will follow the service at Hillcrest Gardens in Mt. Holly. Pastor Danny Penny will offer words of encouragement and hope to family and friends that gather to remember Gelena.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Dementia Society of America https://www.dementiasociety.org.

The staff of Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored to serve the Dawes Family.


  • Clydie (Anderson) Timmerman, Mother (deceased)
  • Rev. George Timmerman, Father (deceased)
  • James (Jim) Martin Dawes Sr., Husband
  • Tonya Strout (Larry), Daughter
  • James Martin (Marty) Dawes, Jr. (Debbie), Son
  • Keith Dawes, Son
  • Eric Dawes (Raina), Son
  • Kelly Dawes, Grandchild
  • Jason Dawes, Grandchild
  • Kristin Dowling, Grandchild
  • Nichole Warren, Grandchild
  • Cara Urbina, Grandchild
  • Seth Dawes, Grandchild
  • Katelynn Dawes, Great Grandchild
  • Jade Conner, Great Grandchild
  • Jojo Conner, Great Grandchild
  • Lena Dawes, Great Grandchild
  • Mia Warren, Great Grandchild
  • Chandler Dowling, Great Grandchild
  • Julian McClain, Great-Great Grandchild
  • Trystan McClain, Great-Great Grandchild
  • Malachi Rhodes, Great-Great Grandchild
  • Ben Timmerman, Brother
  • Charles Timmerman, Brother (deceased)
  • James Timmerman, Brother (deceased)
  • Florence Bass, Sister (deceased)
  • Narvis Patterson, Sister (deceased)
  • Gelena is preceded in death by many loving brothers and sisters in Christ.


  • Receiving of Friends

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, June 25, 2020


Gelena Margaret (Timmerman) Dawes

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Jeff Harlow

June 24, 2020

I first met Ms. Gelena at Light of Hope Church in Pineville, NC, her son Eric was pastoring there. I remember miss Gelena always greeting people with her big smile, always making you feel welcome. She was Very kind and warm hearted in her mannerisms. Her smile and words of wisdom, kindness, and encouragement would always seem to brighten your day, even if you were having a bad day at the time. Ms. Gelena was a generous, giving soul. She made this world a better place just by being in it. I am thankful for the two years I had a chance to get to know her a little bit. She was a special blessing to me, and she will be missed here. Thank you for those memories Ms. Gelena.

Ruth Frazier

June 23, 2020

Sister Dawes, sweet lady, serving faithfully—Gracious with a beautiful smile. Heaven is her reward, and here on earth she will be missed. Thank you, dear lady, for your faithfulness!

Nicole Placke

June 23, 2020

I didn't know her a long time,but the times that I met and talked with her was beautiful. She had a beautiful spirit and didn't mind talking to me. She will be missed,but always loved.

Maylin Batista

June 23, 2020

I will always remember Gelena. Anyone she came into contact she showered them with love. Her hugs were genuine. My favorite memory was our ladies beach trip. I learned so much about who she was. I will miss her delicious food. I will miss her crochet blankets! Can’t wait to see her again!

Kelly Dawes

June 23, 2020

My Maw Maw Loved Her Nails Done and I Use to Make Sure they were Done Every Time I Visited Her 😢 My Maw Was The Example of A PERFECT WOMAN ❤️