Mrs. Maggie Bell Howard Bailey, was born in Iredell County on May 7, 1946, and was the daughter of the late Robert and Hattie Stevenson Howard. She departed this life on Friday, October 4, 2019, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC following an extended illness.
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She was a graduate of Unity High School and at the time of her death was a member of Troutman Church of God. She was united in marriage to Franklin “Danky” Bailey, who preceded her in death. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Aaron “Pop” Howard, her great grandson, Seth McKinstry and a great granddaughter, Mika Woodruff.
She leaves to cherish the memory of her life, her children, Ernest (Tina) Howard, Robert (Shonna) McKinstrym Jessica McKinstry and Raymond McKinstry, all of Statesville, NC; grandchildren, Rashad Lockhart of Shelby, LaTonda (Martavin) Woodruff, Kelly McKinstry, Kimya McKinstry, Jay McKinstry; three great grandchildren, Adynn Clark Tywan Peet and August Summers; her brother, Robert “June” Stevenson of Statesville; her daughter in law, Sahrron McKinstry; her sisters-in-law, Regina (Steve) Turner, Alice (George) Sturghill, Charles (Joni) Bailey, Linda (Jerry) Feimster, and Cindy (Dennis) Pembrook; two aunts, Evangelist Maggie Turner and Mrs. Virginia Lazenby; a special friend, Connie Steele and a host of nieces and nephews including, Anthony (Stephanie) Stevenson, Brian (Vaugh) Stevenson, Robert (Deborah) Daniels, Candance “TinCan” (Darnell) Glover, Tony Stephenson, Tonetta Stevenson, Candance “Candy” Brawley; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
In tears we saw you sinking,
And watched you fade away
Our hearts were almost broken
We wanted you to stay
But when we saw you sleeping
So peacefully and free from pain
How could we wish you back with us
To suffer that again
It breaks our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Monday, October 14, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at The Mary B. Bigham Memorial Chapel of Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home. Evangelist Maggie Turner will officiate and Rev. Reggie Longcrier will eulogize with burial to follow in the Belmont Cemetery. Mrs. Bailey will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home where members of the family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 pm., but will assemble at the residence of a son, Robert (Shonna) McKinstry. 307 Stockton Street, Apartment B, Statesville, N. C., at other times. Visit the Book of Memories for Mrs. Bailey at www.rutledgeandbigham.com. Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Bailey Family.