August 28, 1928 ~ July 2, 2019

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Ella Sue Bishop Bailey, 90, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at The Oaks of Sweeten Creek.

A native of Buncombe Co., Sue was a daughter of the late Clifford and Sadie Carland Bishop. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Helen Souther and Ailene King.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Floyd David Bailey; daughter, Sharon Reynolds (Rick); granddaughter, Elizabeth Reynolds; sisters, Ruth Thomas (Keith), Virginia Ledford (R.L.), Martha Wright (Dan), Callie Galyean (David), and Shirley Brown (Ralph); and brothers, Wilson Bishop (Niece) and Carl Bishop (Linda).

Funeral services for Mrs. Bailey will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 8, at Asheville Church of the Nazarene, 385 Hazel Mill Road, where Sue had been a longtime member. The Rev. James Staggs, Pastor Andrew Crimmins, and her brother, the Rev. Carl Bishop, will officiate. Interment will follow at Ashelawn Gardens of Memory.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Monday at the church, prior to the service.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Visitation: July 8, 2019 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Asheville Church of the Nazarene
385 Hazel Mill Road
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Service: July 8, 2019 2:00 pm

Asheville Church of the Nazarene
385 Hazel Mill Road
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: July 8, 2019 3:15 pm

Ashelawn Gardens of Memory
901 Aiken Road
Asheville, NC 28804


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  1. When we would visit Asheville First on our travels for the NC District Church of the Nazarene, Sue always blessed us with a warm welcome, winning smile, and words of gratitude for God’s goodness; to know her was to love her.

  2. To the family,so sorry to hear,,she was such a sweet lady..Cherish her memories as I know you will, they are forever… Much Love,Jean

  3. Floyd, we are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Floyd and Sharon, we are so saddened by your loss. Sue was a wonderful woman. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Christa Lance and Family and Carl and Christina Keller

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