A kind and gentle soul, a gracious and loving lady, Geraldine Horrell Lennon, joined her beloved husband, Robert “Bob” Edison Lennon, Sr., in eternal rest on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the age of 80. She was born July 27,1940, in Bladen County to Conrad and Emily Ruth Barnhill Horrell, living all of her wonderful adult life in Delco.
Geraldine was a faithful member of Livingston Baptist Church.
In addition to her husband, Geraldine was preceded in death by her son, Robert Edison “Eddie” Lennon, Jr. and sister, Barbara Applewhite.
She is survived by her daughter, Kim Lennon Abernethy (Jeff); daughter-in-law, Judy Lennon Blake (Clay); grandchildren, Michelle Abernethy Clark (Frank), Stefanie Abernethy Lapoint (Jason), Lauren Abernethy Gault (Ben), Robert Edison “Robbie” Lennon III (Kristin), April Lennon Simpson, David Simpson, and Steven Herring; great grandchildren, Austin, Ethan, Emily, Kylee, Abigail, Amelia, Clarissa, Alexander, Layna, Elyse, Josie, Noah, Jasper, and Dawson; and several nieces and nephews.
Geraldine loved her family strongly and deeply. With all of herself, she gave tirelessly to those closest to her heart. Her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren all have many precious memories of the way her love and life touched them. We are all better off because she nurtured, prayed, encouraged, supported us and saw the best even when we could not.
Her legacy was her strong, faithful love for God and family. She lived her life upholding Galatians 5:22. Her spirit was filled with love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness and faithfulness. Her gift of hospitality was extended to preachers, missionaries, friends and family in her own special way. She loved to laugh, play games, spend time with friends and family, create culinary delights and make her grandchildren and great grandchildren feel her house was a magical place.
Kim remembers at the age of seven when she asked her mom how to become a Christian. Geraldine was sweeping the bathroom floor, but she put down the broom, sat down in the hallway and put Kim on her lap. From there she led Kim to Jesus. This quiet teaching time with her daughter ushered Kim to a missionary ministry for over 35 years.
At the age of twelve, her son, Eddie, was diagnosed with a terminal kidney disease that rocked the entire family. Geraldine fought hard for her son’s medical needs while working a full time job. When Eddie was 15 and his disease accelerated, he badly needed a kidney transplant. Geraldine without flinching, gave her son one of her own kidneys that showed her beautiful act of love.
Anyone blessed enough to know her, to experience her infectious smile, will know her gift of grace and can testify that she lived out her faith through her actions to whomever God put in her path. Through trials and tribulations her faith never wavered. Geraldine gave of herself from beginning to the end.
A special thanks to the grandchild/caretaker, Ethan Simpson, that tirelessly cared for Geraldine around the clock. Additionally, a special thanks to grandchildren Austin and Emily for their willingness to step in as caregivers when needed and provided companionship. The willingness and love you showed in actions reflect what you were taught by your grandmother. She would be proud.
Graveside service will be 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at Livingston Baptist Church Cemetery, 4629 Livingston Chapel Rd, Delco, NC 28436. The Rev. Matthew Griffin and The Rev. Richard Wade will conduct the service.
Family will receive friends immediately following the service.
In remembrance of her son, memorial gifts may be given to American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike Suite 300, Rockville, MD, 20852 or www.kidneyfund.org
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American Kidney Fund
11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville MD 20852