Mrs. Mary Lee Howell Adams Bailey, 92, was born in Davie County on March 26, 1930, to the late Emanuel Till Howell and Ida Mae Barker Howell. She departed this life on Monday, December 12, 2022, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, N.C.

She attended school in Davie County and prior to her retirement she worked as a teacher in a daycare center. She was a member of St. John’s Baptist Church, Statesville, where she was a member of the senior choir, ladies auxiliary, and she served as a missionary.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Adams Sr.; her second husband, Richard Bailey; a son, Robert Lee Adams Jr.; a grandson, Reginald L. Turman; a son-in-law, Frank Billy Turman; four brothers, Leonard, Lester, Samuel, and Thomas Howell; and two sisters, Janie Gray and Margaret Howell.

She leaves to cherish the memory of her life four daughters, Gwendolyn Turman, Barbara Burke, Patricia Dean Feimster, and Charlene (William) Whittenton; one brother, James Howell of Port Chester, N.Y.; a nephew, Jay Lee Howell; seven grandchildren, Eddie Johnson, Nikisha Turman, LeVar Macon of Pasadena, Md., Robbi Adams of Lynchburg, Va., Jacob Feimster, Joshua Feimster, and Jasmine Feimster; great grandchildren, London, Paris, JoMonni, Nevaeh, Remi, De’Angelo, De’Andre, Kameran, Myles, Hailey, Amber, Whitney, Zachary, and Xander; eight great-great grands; a god daughter, Mary Moten; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, church family, and friends.

The Family would like to thank Gordon Hospice House Staff – a special thanks to Dolliether Daniels, Nurses Laurie Harris and Lori Patterson; and Caregivers, Wanda Kaye Brown and Mae Ramseur.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, December 18, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. at St. John ‘s Baptist Church, Statesville. Visitation will be from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the church. Pastor Cedric Johnson will be officiating, and Pastor Michael Turner will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in the Belmont Cemetery.

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Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Bailey family.