Geraldine Ballew Cloninger

  • Born: June 5, 1940
  • Died: October 10, 2020
  • Location: Dallas, North Carolina

Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service

2916 Union Rd.
Gastonia, NC 28054

Tel. (704) 864-5144

Tribute & Message From The Family

Geraldine Cloninger
1940- 2020

Dallas – Geraldine Ballew Cloninger, 80, passed away peacefully on October 10th at the Robin Johnson House after a brief illness.

She was born on June 5, 1940 in Gaston County to the late James and Grace Ballew. She was also the step-daughter of the late Marshall J. Gilbert.

Geraldine graduated from Frank L. Ashley High School – Gastonia in 1958. She worked at Morris Jewelers in Gastonia before her marriage and then she became a full time homemaker. She was an active member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church, frequently helping to teach Sunday school and vacation Bible School. She was treasurer of her Ladies Circle Group at the church. She and Johnny Mack also enjoyed taking frequent trips to the beach to spend time together and go dancing. Geraldine enjoyed creating home-cooked meals for her family, and hosting family get-togethers during the holidays. She was generous with her time and her talents, and was loved by her family, friends and neighbors. Geraldine will certainly be missed by so many!

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Johnny Mack Cloninger; her children, Greg Cloninger and Carla Rose Hall (Cullin Hall, Sr.); her grandchildren, Cullin Hall, Jr., Gracie Hall, Carl Hall and Harmony Cloninger; sister, Barbara Beam; brother, Mike Ballew (Brenda) and sister, Martha Harvell (Danny); sister-in-law, Colleen Cloninger Peeler (Jerry); former daughter-in-law, Dawne Houck; nieces and nephews, Melanie Beam O'Neal (Lee); Rebecca Beam Caney (Darryl); Lloyd Ballew (Barbara Anne); Trey Adams (Renee'); Curtis Adams (Amanda); David Cloninger (Ruth); great-nieces and nephews, Dr. Richard O'Neal (Maggie); John O'Neal (Kelsey); Rob O'Neal; Jessica Caney, Josh Caney, Adelista Ballew, Illiana Ballew, Chris Adams (Sabrina); Dixie Smith (Kyle); Dawson Adams, Daven Cloninger and Josh Cloninger. She is also survived by many extended family members.

Geraldine's loving family members that predeceased her are in-laws, Carl and Lola Cloninger, brother-in-law, Frank Beam; brother-in-law, Jack Cloninger; sister-in-law, Sally Cloninger and brother-in-law, Carlton Cloninger.

A Celebration of Life Graveside Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 14th at Gaston Memorial Park, Mausoleum B with the releasing of the doves.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 103 West Church Street, Dallas, NC 28034.

Condolences may be made to

Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia (704) 864-5144 is serving the Family.

Condolence & Memory Journal

She was a beautiful person who will be missed by all who knew her

Posted by Merry Jo and Hank Walker - Gastonia, NC - Friend   October 14, 2020

Being raised up in Dallas and attending Holy Communion most on my younger years, I knew Geraldine very much so. She was also my Sunday school teacher for a couple of those years. Her life was a witness of the goodness of GOD. She was a very caring and compassionate person. Her and Johnny were a great example of what marriage should be about; LOVING and CARING for each other. My heart rejoices in her home-going! May the Lord be bountiful in His peace and mercy poured out to the family and friends.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 - Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way.

Posted by Gary Edison - Dallas, NC - Family Friend   October 13, 2020

Certainly sorry to hear about the passing of Geraldine. She was always one to be quick with a smile and a kind word. She was such an anchor for the North Holland Street neighborhood, and will truly be missed. Our condolences to Johnny Mack, Greg, Carla Rose, and all the extended family.

Posted by Ellen & Tony McGinnis - Dallas, NC - Family Friend   October 13, 2020

Love this picture of Geraldine. So sorry the family is dealing with this loss. Dhe was such a good person..

Posted by Susan Puett Herman - Wilmington, NC - Friend   October 13, 2020

Love this picture of Geraldine. So sorry the family is dealing with this loss. Dhe was such a good person..

Posted by Susan Puett Herman - Wilmington, NC - Friend   October 13, 2020

To Johnny Mack and family of Geraldine,

It was always a joy for me to work beside Geraldine in Vacation Bible School and in other church activities. She is so faithful, pleasant, reliable, and eager carry out her responsibilities. Also so quick to smile and show compassion. She is my friend and I will miss her. In Heaven we will meet again. May God's Love surround each of you, giving you peace.

Posted by Marie Robinson - Dallas, NC - friend   October 13, 2020

Hello, Johnny Mack, Carla, and family, whom I do not personally know,

I remember visiting with you at Holy Communion, seeing Carla on campus at Gaston College, and keeping in touch via FaceBook. I too will miss this sweet, loving friend.

I am winging prayers for supporting each other and receiving support from extended family and friends.

Jo Anne

Posted by Jo Anne Cloninger Brooks - Gilroy, CA - Family Friend   October 13, 2020

My dearest Geraldine I have enjoyed being your backyard neighbor our time spent talking at the fence Johnny macks veg garden and our fried green tomatoes my dear friend I hope your mansion sits next door to Jesus

Posted by kathy Robinson - Friend   October 13, 2020


I am so sorry to hear this, I am praying and sending condolences to Johnny, Greg, Carla and all family and friends. You will truly be missed. RIP

Posted by Angie Glover - Dallas, NC - Friend   October 13, 2020

Fly high classmate of Frank L. Ashley High School. Enjoyed being in classes with you in high school. Prayers for your family. Nellie Brown Caughey.

Posted by Nellie Caughey - Friend   October 13, 2020

A beautiful, kind and loving soul is now among God's angels. Geraldine was a true Southern Lady who will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace, my friend!

Posted by Bobbi Shelton - Friend   October 12, 2020

She is loved beyond words & will be deeply missed. God's Love & comfort to all her loved ones.

Posted by Stephanie Planton - Dallas, NC - Neighbor   October 12, 2020

So sorry about Geraldine..I did not have the pleasure of meeting her, wish I had. I am a volunteer at Robin Johnson House on the day she passed away I had the privilege of meeting so many of her sweet family. I pray that God will be with all of you at this time.
Peggy Daty
Hospice Volunteer

Posted by Peggy Day - Gastonia, NC - Friend   October 12, 2020