Steve Bailey, age 66, of Marion, North Carolina went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at his residence. A native of Rutherford County, Steve was born on November 16, 1952 to the late Hoyle and Betty Adams Bailey.
He is preceded in death by a brother, Gene Bailey.
Steve loved God and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Marion where he taught Sunday School and was a deacon. He was a builder, fixer, hunter and loved to fish at Pawley’s Island. He loved anything outdoors including running and cycling, but most of all he loved his family especially his grandchildren. He was lovingly known to many as Poppy. Steve loved anything historical and could tell anything about the Bible. He was proud to be part of the CB’s in the Navy, his unit being NMCB24, Steel Worker First Class. He is a decorated combat Veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He retired with the 105 MP Battalion in the National Guard. Steve loved to volunteer his time with Hospice of McDowell in the “We Honor Veterans Program” and also volunteered to read with the students at West Marion Elementary School. Steve retired from the North Carolina Employment Security Commission as a senior veterans representative. While there he received multiple awards for his work with veterans.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Gail Wilson Bailey; one son, Chad Bailey (Cheneil); two grandchildren, Colby and Caydence Bailey and two nephews, Christopher and Gregory Bailey.
A funeral service will take place on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Marion with Dr. Scott Hagaman officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
Flowers are accepted and appreciated, but those wishing to make a donation in Steve’s memory are asked to consider, First Baptist Church of Marion, 99 North Main Street, Marion, North Carolina 28752 or CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care, Post Office Box 25338, Asheville, North Carolina 28813 or a Veterans organization of one’s choice.
First Baptist Church of Marion
99 N. Main Street, Marion NC 28752
Care Partners Hospice McDowell
575 Airport Rd., Marion NC 28752
Veterans Organization of One's Choice