James "Jim" Martin Dawes Sr.

March 27, 1931September 30, 2020

James “Jim” Martin Dawes Sr., 89 of Stanley, NC went to be with our Lord on September 30, 2020. James was a native of Biloxi, MS, born to his loving parents William “Martin” and Lillie Loper Dawes on March 27, 1931.

Jim was a member of Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church of Stanley, NC. He loved spending time with family, catching his beloved New Orleans Saints games and spreading the gospel. He loved singing and listening to Southern Gospel music. He met and fell in love with his beautiful wife of 68 years, Gelena while traveling with his Revival singing group. Jim was a genuine, kind, Godly man of faith and will be dearly missed by all.

Jim is survived by his sister Bonnie; 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.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Gelena Timmerman Dawes; his parents William “Martin” and Lillie Loper Dawes; brothers Wiley, Jacob and Monte; sisters Audrey and Doris and many loving brothers and sisters in Christ.

A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday October 3, 2020 at Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church, 113 E. Parkwood Street, Stanley. The family will receive friends before the service, at the church, beginning at 10:00 AM. The graveside committal service will follow at Hillcrest Garden in Mt. Holly. Pastors Danny Penny and Eric Dawes will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Alzheimer’s Association.

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The staff at Carothers Funeral Home in Stanley is honored to serve the Dawes family.


  • Gelena (Timmerman) Dawes, Wife (deceased)
  • Lillie (Loper) Dawes, Mother (deceased)
  • William "Martin" Dawes, Father (deceased)
  • Tonya (Dawes) 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
  • Nicole 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
  • Malichi Rhodes, Great-Great Grandchild
  • Bonnie, Sister
  • Audrey, Sister (deceased)
  • Doris, Sister (deceased)
  • Wiley, Brother (deceased)
  • Jacob, Brother (deceased)
  • Monte, Brother (deceased)
  • Also preceding him in death are many loving brothers and sisters in Christ.

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  • Seth Dawes
  • David Urbina
  • Parker Dowling
  • Ian Warren


  • Receiving of Friends

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

  • Graveside Committal Service

    Saturday, October 3, 2020


James "Jim" Martin Dawes Sr.

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Angie Roberts

October 1, 2020

I called Mr. Dawes, Papa Dawes. He was so kind to me the very first time we met and every time I saw him. He was always smiling and had the best positive personality!
I remember him joking around a lot and being so much fun for the young teens.
He was a true example of a man walking in faith.💙 Angie Roberts


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