July 1, 1942 ~ June 12, 2019

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Mars Hill, NC

Clara Helen Bailey (formerly Jenkins), 76, of Mars Hill, NC, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

A native of Buncombe Co., Clara was a daughter of the late Ezra and Macie Ruth Bailey.

Clara enjoyed her career at the Biltmore Estate, working as a crew leader in the Carriage House Gift Shop, where she retired. She was lovingly known by family as “Tootie” and “Bama” by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was also a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville.

Surviving are her daughters, Patricia Jenkins Perchalski, Charlotte Jenkins Griffin (Michael), and Adrianna Jenkins Garrison (Mark) ; grandchildren, CPT. Mark Garrison, Jr. (Christine), Zachary Garrison (Cayley), and Cynthia Cox (Will); great-grandchildren, Everett Mark Garrison, Marshall Robert Garrison, and Emmett Boone Garrison; sisters, Ethel Herron (Harley, deceased), Beulah Ellis (Ralph, deceased), Faye Heatherly (Clyde, deceased), and Shirley Bailey (Robert Lee, deceased); brothers, Floyd Bailey (Sue), Ray Bailey (Jane), and Glen Bailey (Pat, deceased); the father of her children, Adrian Jenkins; and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express special thanks to CNA Diane Cutshaw and CarePartners Hospice for their care.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Trinity Baptist Church, with Rev. Dr. Ralph Sexton, Rev. Allen Rash, Rev. Donnie Walker, and Rev. Gerald Payne officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Private burial will be at Ashelawn Gardens of Memory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund, 216 Shelburne Rd., Asheville, NC 28806, and/or to the Bridge Foundation (memo: WNC Greatest Needs), PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Visitation: June 23, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville
216 Shelburne Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806


Memorial Service: June 23, 2019 3:00 pm

Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville
216 Shelburne Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Miss Clara’s light shown on everyone around her. I know she will be deeply missed. Take comfort in how much she was loved. My condolences to your family.

    • Your words are so true and we’re so blessed to have other’s to have known our beautiful and, loving mother. Thank you Abby

  2. The one thing I will always remember about Clara was that she always had a smile on her face. The last time I talked with her she was positive about getting back to good health and enjoying some more good times. She will be missed!!! Love to the family!!!

  3. My beautiful Mother I miss you so much! This candle will burn in my heart until we meet again. I love you to the heavens and back

  4. Death can take our loved ones from us, but can never remove our memories..Hugs and prayers to the family..Godspeed Ms. Clara

  5. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. Clara was a beautiful and giving woman. She will watch over you until you meet again.

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