Genevieve Steele Cummings

January 9, 2021

CHARLOTTE – Genevieve Steele Cummings, 79, died on Saturday, January 9, 2021 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born February 18, 1941 in Winston-Salem, NC, the oldest of five children of Mary Elizabeth Walston Steele and Flake Futhey Steele, Jr.

While growing up in Winston-Salem, she attended RJ Reynolds High School, where she met her future husband, Tom Cummings. They both graduated in 1959. She also attended Converse College and graduated in 1963 with a BA in English. Genevieve taught English for three years in Durham, NC. She and Tom were married in 1964 and moved to Charlotte in 1966. Genevieve had 54 wonderful years in Charlotte and was lucky to meet many friends through The Junior League of Charlotte, Crisis Assistance Ministry, The Charlotte Assembly, Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte Country Club, The German Club, playing bridge and playing golf with the Chipper Chicks. She cherished her friends and neighbors and had a bright and joyous spirit that drew others to her.

Genevieve is survived by her son, Thomas E Cummings, Jr., her daughter, Catherine C. DuBose and son-in-law David, and her grandson David IV who brought so much joy to her life.
She is also survived by her siblings and their spouses: Betsy S. Carr (Watts), Anne S. Page (Dan), Susan S. Barber (Freeman) and Flake Steele III (LuAnn). Also included are many special nieces and nephews.

Genevieve was predeceased in 2018 by her husband of 54 years, Thomas E. Cummings, Sr. We are grateful for the loving care provided by Tracie Bennett of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, Peggy Lindsay and the night-time caregivers from HomeWell.

The family will have a private celebration at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Please join the family via livestream through the Myers Park Presbyterian Church website,

Memorials can be made to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207 or to Crisis Assistance Ministries, 500-A Spratt St., Charlotte, NC 28206.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Kimberly Norton

    Genevieve was one of my favorite humans and one of my Golden Girls, here at the studio. We met back in September of 2008 and I will never forget her love of life, her contagious laugh, her great advice, her hard work and drive. She taught me about my first twist top bottle of red wine, which I will happily drink in memory of her. I will miss her dearly and we will be sure to use her phrase "buff nuggets" in here as often as possible. Sending my love and condolences to the family and friends.

  • Carolyn Lineberger Wieden

    All my memories of Genevieve are happy ones. She was the epitome of grace.
    Condolences and love to her family and friends.

  • Susan Nunn

    Genevieve was a gracious, delightful person who radiated joy. She will be truly missed. Wishing peace for her children and siblings as you grieve.

  • Kenny Smith

    Tommy and Catherine,

    A piece of my heart went to Heaven. As my Godmother, Gen brought so much joy to my life. Her radiant smile, warm hug and kiss on my cheek every time I saw her will be missed. When Turkey passed I leaned heavily on the Second Book of Timothy Chapter 4 vs 6-8. I hope it will bring you comfort in the upcoming weeks/months. Much love.