Johnie Carol  & Genelle Pearson Dail

Johnie Carol & Genelle Pearson Dail

Wendell – Johnie Carol Dail, 83, died on Thursday, December 9, 2021 & Genelle Pearson Dail, 84, died on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. Johnie was born in Craven County, NC to the late William Henry & Madeline Wainwright Dail. Genelle was born in Alexander County, NC to the late Archie Lee & Blanch Hice Pearson.

Genelle Pearson Dail was an outgoing person who loved being with her husband, Johnie. She was also a phenomenal gardener and spent many happy hours planting and tending her gardens. She loved traveling, learning, and volunteering. Genelle was also an exceptional mother. She was active in garden clubs, the Extension Service, the Raleigh Women’s Club, Zebulon United Methodist Church, and was a docent for the Governor’s Mansion and tour guide at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum.

Johnie Carol Dail was the owner of Readilite & Barricade Company. Johnie was an avid collector & restorer of vintage Mercury, Ford, & Chevrolet vehicles. He was also a life-long beagler and raised many field champion dogs.

They are survived by their daughters, Leah Dail (Rick Schertz) of Cary, Carla Dail of Raleigh, and grandchildren, Jonathan, Sarah, Emily & Andrew Schertz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Zebulon United Methodist Church, Harbor Battered Women’s Shelter in Johnston County, or the J.C. Raulston Arboretum.

Memorial service 11 am, Friday, December 17, Zebulon United Methodist Church. MASKS ARE REQUIRED.

Livestreaming of service available on

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Rolly and Gail Bannisgter Posted December 12, 2021 8:29 am

    We are so sorry to learn of your loss. Rolly enjoyed a long conversation with Johnnie at a car show in Littleton a few years ago. Gail and Genelle were members together of the Perennial Garden Club of Wendell and the Garden Club of NC. They will be missed.

  • Pattie V Lawrence Posted December 13, 2021 9:10 am

    We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Genelle and Johnie . . . I have known Genelle for many, years starting with Brentwood Exchange Club/Homemakers. Ella Ruth, my sister (passed in May this year) was also very close friends with them.

  • Louise Romanow Posted December 13, 2021 8:00 pm

    Leah and family – My most heartfelt condolences to you all for such a stunning loss.

  • Randall Dail Posted December 13, 2021 9:12 pm

    My sympathies go to my cousins, Carla and Leah, and the grandchildren. I had not seen or talked with Johnie or Ganelle in the last 20 years, which is inexcusable. I have many memories of working with Johnie when I was a teen and helped build barricades and construction signs. I was around him nearly every day until Readilite moved out to Highway 64. I would still see him at shows and the post office. Johnie was good at everything he tried, whether business, cars, or dogs. I pray the family will gain the comfort that only Jehovah can provide. (2 Corinthians chapter 1) Best wishes, Randall and Lola Dail

  • Tanya Smith Thomas Posted December 14, 2021 10:44 am

    So sorry for your loss. I remember Aunt Genelle as having a personality bigger than life! I always admired her many talents and interests. Johnie was so kind and considerate. My parents loved their visits so much!

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