September 27, 1937 ~ August 26, 2021

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

Beatrice (Bea) G. Bailey, 83, of Arden, passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

Born in Buncombe County, she was the wife of the late Will Bailey, Jr. and daughter of Percy Manious and Elizabeth Wells Graham. She was a lifelong resident of the Avery’s Creek community.

Bea was a member of Avery’s Creek Christian Church where she played piano for many years. Bea retired from Borg Warner and, upon her retirement, managed the Council on Aging Meal Site in Avery’s Creek. Bea was active in Girl Scouts for many years, as well as serving as the Southeast Region Babe Ruth Softball Commissioner.

Bea is survived by a son, Michael “Mike” Bailey (Vikki) of Mills River, NC; a daughter, Kara Michelle Bailey (Brandon) of Worland, WY; two grandsons: Jonathan and Timothy (Claire) Bailey; and 3 great-grandchildren: Ella, Oliver and Beatrix Bailey.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Aston Park Healthcare for their loving care and compassion for Bea.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Aston Park Employee Recognition Fund, 380 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC 28806; the Disciples of Christ Foundation at; or the Alzheimer’s Association-WNC Chapter online at

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.



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  1. Sweet sorry for your loss..last time I saw her she was riding a cart in Ingles with her precious husband by het both in Heaven..God bless the family..Gloria Bishop.

  2. Bea was always so sweet to me. We worked together at BorgWarner and Schwitzer for many years. I will miss her sweet smiling face in our early morning prayer group at work. God bless all of you, and I will be in prayer for you.

    Clairene Brown

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. Bea was always so sweet and caring. Such a hard worker and had her community at heart. Chester & Margaret Owenby


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