Dorothy Summers Bailey

dorothy bailey

August 7, 1937 ~ October 4, 2023

Born in: Rutherfordton, NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Dorothy Summers Bailey, 86, went to join her heavenly family on October 4, 2023.

Dorothy was born in Rutherfordton, NC, on August 7, 1937, to Walter and Veola Vassey Summers. As the first born of their 5 children, Dot developed maternal instinct at an early age. It was her desire in life to be a force to better the lives of her sisters (Catherine, Elaine, and Sandy) and brother “Hicks” (deceased), the generations that followed, and anyone/everyone she met along her life journey.

Dot was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bobby Joel Bailey.

Left to lovingly cherish Dot’s memory are her son Danny (Linda), her daughter Jan, her acquired daughter Beth, grandson Jaime (Christan), and great-grandchildren James and Cameron. She will be greatly missed by an amazing number of friends and family members.

A reception to celebrate Dot’s life will be held at Hominy Baptist Church in Candler on October 22, 2023, 3-5:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a church or charity of your choice in memory of Dot Bailey and her generosity.


Gathering of Friends & Family: October 22, 2023 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Hominy Baptist Church
135 Candler School Road
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Such a sweet soul. It was my honor and privilege to know Dot. So sweet and I loved her dearly. So glad her suffering is over.

  2. Our warmest thoughts and condolences from Dot’s Bridge Friends. Each of us was, and is, a better person for having known her. She always had a smile, she cared for each of us, cared about our families and was a great Bridge Player. Bridge Groups have a special bond and Dot made that bond stronger! Again, many warm thoughts to each of you!

  3. We miss Dot so much. Her friend Dee and I still can’t believe she is gone from us. Doug and I have so many happy memories of times spent with her. My sons, her “adopted” grandsons, send their respects and are heartbroken at this loss for all of us. We know she is with Bob and with her Lord. She is blessedly healed.

  4. Dot and Bob were volunteers for many years at The Rathbun Center while I was House Manager. Both so delightful, fun and down to earth. They were so welcoming to the families that were experiencing a medical crisis. It was a pleasure to know them both. My sincere condolences to the family.

  5. Much love and prayers for all of you! Dot was a lovely lady and will be greatly missed by many. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

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