Gaynell Owens Bailey, age 85, of Forest City, passed away October 15, 2020 at the Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills in Forest City.

She was a native of Rutherford County and the daughter to the late Gaines Webster and Carrie Vell Owens. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Sandy Mush, NC. She loved to do crafts of all kinds but especially loved to make dolls. Gaynell was a loving wife, mother and grandmother but most of all she loved her church and her Lord.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Willard Bailey, one brother Gerald Dowdle and a son in law Gary Wayne Collins. She is survived by two daughters, Teresa Bailey Collins and Debbie Bailey Brewer (Rick); four brothers, Joe Owens, Wade McCraw, Bill Dowdle and Donnie Dowdle; and two sisters Lila Mae McCraw and Vivian Lowman. six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The visitation will be Sunday October 18, 2020 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the sanctuary at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Sandy Mush, NC. The funeral service will follow at 3:30 p.m. with Reverend Matt Mills and Reverend Bob Philbeck officiating.

Interment will be at Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Building Fund at 397 Mt. Pleasant Church Rd. Forest City, NC 28043.

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Eggers Funeral Home of Cliffside, NC is serving the family.

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