DURHAM: Geraldine “Geri” Powell DeLoatche, age 91, passed away on November 8th at Hillcrest Convalescent Center in Durham. Born in Hartwell, Georgia on August 6, 1925, she was the youngest of five children born to Isham and Ida Gaines Powell. Geri was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Morrell (Louise) Powell, Horace Powell, sisters Carlise (E.W.) Lovett , Mary (Hugh) Bell and brothers and sister -in-law , Norris (Susie) DeLoatch and Bernard (Joyce) DeLoatch.
Geri attended grade school in Hartwell and Georgia State College for women in Milledgeville, GA. She married George Brantley DeLoatche on December 26, 1946, whom she met while employed at the Naval Commandant’s office in Charleston, SC.
Geri and Brantley moved to Durham in 1949 and attended Yates Baptist Church, where she served as a former adult SS teacher and on numerous committees. She loved her church and its members, and remained active up until her recent illness. For 30 years Geri was employed by the Durham County Board of Elections as a secretary in the downtown office. She also was a member of the Garden Makers Garden Club and a past president. After retiring she enjoyed volunteering for the Duke Faculty Club Wives in the Nearly New Shop.
Geri will be remembered for her love of her family, the keeper of all the history and stories which she loved to share. Nothing pleased her more than preparing a festive meal for her guests and sharing all her delicious homemade cakes and famous pickles. She will be missed and remembered for her generous spirit and true southern hospitality.
Geri is survived by her husband, Brantley; two sons, Brantley DeLoatche Jr. (Helen) of Lavonia, GA and Darrell DeLoatche (Susan ) of Durham; grandchildren, Kendra Stephenson (Jeff), Dee DeLoatche (Blair), Jenny Dingler (Steven), Amey Hendriks (Jeff), Brant DeLoatche III (Courtney); 15 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Louie Powell; 2 nieces and 4 nephews.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday from Yates Baptist Church, with the Revs. Christopher Ingram, Lindsey Powell and John Frederick officiating. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. A private family interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Geri has asked contributions be made in her name to the Yates Baptist Church building fund, 2819 Chapel Hill Rd. Durham 27707.