MARION

Steve Bailey, age 66, of Marion, North Carolina, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at his residence.

A native of Rutherford County, Steve was born on November 16, 1952, to the late Hoyle and Betty Adams Bailey. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Bailey. Steve loved God and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Marion where he taught Sunday school and was a deacon. He was a builder, fixer, hunter and loved to fish at Pawley's Island. He loved anything outdoors including running and cycling, but most of all he loved his family especially his grandchildren. He was lovingly known to many as Poppy. Steve loved anything historical and could tell anything about the Bible. He was proud to be part of the Seabees in the Navy, his unit being NMCB24, Steel Worker First Class. He is a decorated combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He retired with the 105 MP Battalion in the National Guard. Steve loved to volunteer his time with Hospice of McDowell in the "We Honor Veterans Program" and also volunteered to read with the students at West Marion Elementary School.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Gail Wilson Bailey; one son, Chad Bailey (Cheneil); two grandchildren, Colby and Caydence Bailey; and two nephews, Christopher and Gregory Bailey.

A funeral service will take place on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Marion, with Dr. Scott Hagaman officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated, but those wishing to make a donation in Steve's memory are asked to consider First Baptist Church of Marion, 99 North Main Street, Marion, NC 28752; or CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813; or a Veterans organization of one's choice.

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Bailey family. For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website, www.beamfuneralservice.com, or call, (828) 559-8111.

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