Gene Craven Roddenberry, 62
by Whitley Clifton | June 12, 2019 11:33 am
On Monday, May 13, 2019, Gene Craven Roddenberry, 63, loving sister, sister-in-law, and aunt, passed away at the age of 62. Roddenberry was raised in Swainsboro and was living in Douglasville at the time of her death. A memorial service will be held in Douglasville, Georgia at a later date.
Ms. Gene Craven Roddenberry was born on May 14, 1956 in Augusta to Denver Roddenberry and Gloria Lamb Roddenberry. After graduating from David Emanuel Academy in 1974, Roddenberry moved to Atlanta. She worked several years for the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles before starting her own automobile tag and title service, which was successful for over 20 years. She had a wealth of knowledge regarding tags and titles and was often looked to for information on Georgia’s motor vehicle laws by customers and peers alike. Her passion in life were her animals. She had as many as five dogs at one time and her last two pets were a pair of sister cats, Lucy and Ethel. Her heart overflowed for any animal in need.
Roddenberry’s claim to fame was her name. After doing genealogy research, it was discovered that she was a distant relative of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. He sent her a letter on Star Trek stationary wishing her a happy birthday and celebrating the newly discovered relation. This was one of her prized possessions.
Roddenberry was loved by her family. She and her sister were very close and always lived near each other if not in the same home. Her nephew, Taylor, and her niece, Makenzie, were the lights of her life. She loved them as if they were her own. She had many friends who loved knowing her and working with her through the years. She was one-of-a-kind with a rare sense of humor. She will be missed by all.
Roddenberry was preceded in death by her father and mother; and maternal grandparents, Walter M. Lamb and Ida “Frannie” Tyrrell Lamb.
Survivors include her sister, Ginger (Phil) Knox; nephew, Taylor Knox; and niece, Makenzie Knox.