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Emma "Gail" Dobbins

October 9, 1941 — May 22, 2021



Emma Gail Dobbins, 79, died in the early morning hours of May 22, 2021 at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Spruce Pine, NC. Gail was born October 9, 1941 in Mecklenburg County North Carolina to the late Rupert and Louise Dobbins. She was a graduate of East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC. Later she graduated from Appalachian State University where she achieved a BS degree in Library Science and completed her education earning a Master’s Degree in Education from East Carolina University.


Gail was a school librarian her entire professional career. She was employed by the Mecklenburg County School system where she was part of the first desegregated faculty at West Charlotte High School. Later she was employed with the McDowell County Schools as one of the first librarians at McDowell High School when it opened in 1972. She completed her career as an elementary librarian with the Dorchester District 4 Schools in Dorchester County South Carolina.


After her retirement she returned to Marion to be near her family and friends. She was active in the First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She spent countless hours researching her family ancestry and loved all things Irish. Gail had an extensive collection of Peter Rabbit memorabilia and loved unique tea pots.


In addition to her parents Gail is preceded in death by her brother Steve Dobbins and her nephew Michael Parks. She is survived by her brother John Dobbins (Francis) of Charlotte and her sister Susie Parks of Marion. Two nephews, Steve Parks (Anne) of Marion and Charlie Dobbins (Denise) of Charlotte as well as two nieces, Susan English (Terry) and Luanne Graham (Bob) both of Marion also survive “Aunt Gail.” Several great and great, great nieces and nephews along with special friend, Kathy Hollifield of Marion also survive.


A memorial service for Gail will be held Sunday, May 30 at First United Methodist Church in Marion at 2pm with the Rev. Warren Owens officiating. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service, from 1 until 2pm.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 176 Robert Street, Marion, NC.


The family would like to thank Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation and Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge for their patient care of Gail during her final illness.



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Sunday, May 30, 2021

1:00 - 2:00pm (Eastern time)

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory

2170 Rutherford Rd, Marion, NC 28752

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Starts at 2:00pm (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church of Marion

176 Robert St, Marion, NC 28752

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