March 9, 1935 ~ August 3, 2019

Born in: Fairview, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

Will Bailey, Jr., 84, of Arden, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Mission Hospital.

Born in Buncombe County, he was the husband of Beatrice “Bea” (Graham) Bailey of Arden, and the son of the late Will and Lona (Hall) Bailey.

Will was a member of Avery’s Creek Christian Church, and was an avid NASCAR fan and car fanatic. He also enjoyed fishing for carp.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by a son, Michael D. Bailey (Vikki) of Mills River; a daughter, Kara Michelle Bailey of Arden; 2 grandchildren: Jonathan and Timothy (Claire) Bailey; 3 great-grandchildren: Ella, Oliver, and Beatrix; and a sister, Lois Jones of Pace, FL.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Averys Creek Christian Church, Averys Creek Rd., Arden, NC 28704 with Rev. Roger Rearden officiating. Friends will be received at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the church building fund at the address above.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Visitation: August 7, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Averys Creek Christian Church
Averys Creek Rd.
Arden, NC 28704

Memorial Service: August 7, 2019 11:00 am

Averys Creek Christian Church
Averys Creek Rd.
Arden, NC 28704

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


  1. I’m so sorry for your loss
    Junior was a wonderful neighbor and always waved and smiled when I drove by
    May God give you peace knowing he’s in a good place now

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Bea. Will is in Heaven with my daddy and all his Sayles Bleachery friends that have gone on before him. He was a witty man and I enjoyed seeing him at the congregate mealsite manager’s meeting every month. May you be comforted by the Lord during this time. Much love!

  3. Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Junior, but we rejoice in knowing he is with our Lord! Gone from sight, but treasured in our memories! Fly high Junior…. You’ve earned your wings!

  4. Just a note to say that I am praying for you and your family, Bea. Will was a fine witty fellow and now is in Heaven with all the Sayles Bleachery friends that have gone on before him. I bet he and my dad had a great reunion! May love and the peace that God has for you comfort you at this time. Much love……from Kim Hare Isley, former meal site coordinator at Senior Op💖

  5. An Irish Blessing for the Bailey Family,
    May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back,
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
    May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

  6. I am so sad to hear of Will’s passing. He made my day for 21 years of working Boones. I will forever miss his “picking” and his smiling face. Sending my love and deepest condolences. Fly high Will.

  7. I am so very sorry for your families loss. I never had the blessing or privilege of meeting your Father/Husband but I knew through countless stories and tributes from Kara and Jody that were shared how loved he was by you all. And from what I know of those stories his family was everything to him. The loss of a beloved family member sends ripples wide and far and for one whose light burned so bright it will have a huge impact on the entire community and world that he touched. I pray that the Lord bless and comfort you in the days to come. As the dust settles and memories flood in, please remember you are never alone. If you ever need to talk call me, if you ever need a friend I’ll be there for any of you. I’ve lost a mother and my husband so I can relate. Many Blessings upon you all, much love and many hugs. God be with you until you all can meet again. And remember always; John 14:16 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another ‘Comforter’, that he may abide with you for ever;” John 14:18 “I will not leave you ‘comfortless: I will come to you”, John 14:26-27 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

  8. From all the staff here at Mountain Home, we send our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your faith bring you comfort.


Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook