Barbara Kinlaw Bailey

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Barbara Kinlaw Bailey, 80, of Carthage passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at First Health Hospice in Pinehurst surrounded by her husband of nearly 59 years and her children.

Born on November 12, 1942 in Lumberton, NC, she was the only child of the late Henry Mitchell Kinlaw and Lillie Evans Kinlaw.

Barbara graduated from High Point College in 1964 and was an elementary teacher in the Moore County school system for 30 years until her retirement in 1995.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband, Lester, and her two children, Michelle Bailey Jackson (Chris) of Apex, and Andy Bailey (Leeann) of Princeton, KY, and three beautiful grandchildren, Ava, Noah, and Ellie.

Barbara was a faithful member of Union Presbyterian Church for many years where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. Barbara enjoyed reading, singing, and spending time with friends and family, especially her beloved grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 7 at 3 pm at Union Presbyterian Church in Carthage. The family will receive friends before the service at 2 pm in the fellowship hall of Union Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow the service in the Union Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Union Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box898, Carthage, NC 28327 or to First Health Hospice House 251 Campground Rd, West End, NC 27376. 

Services entrusted to Fry and Prickett Funeral Home of Carthage. Online condolences may be made at


Visitation: April 7, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Union Presbyterian Church
2000 Union Church Road
Carthage , NC 28327


Funeral Service: April 7, 2023 3:00 pm

Union Presbyterian Church
2000 Union Church Road
Carthage , NC 28327


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  1. Mr Bailey, Our family is so sorry about Mrs Bailey. Please accept our sincere condolences. She was always so kind. We will keep you in our prayers. God bless you and your family. Jerry , Sharon and Scott Simpson and S.L.Brown

  2. Lester, our prayers and thoughts are with you and the children. Barbara was a kind, loving person to everyone she met. She will be missed dearly by all. Mitzi McKenzie

  3. Lester and Family, Our prayer is that God will give you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Barbara was a great teacher who influenced many young people. God bless!

  4. To ALL the family, Eddie and I was so sorry to hear about Barbara. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Barbara was my neighbor when I was a young teenager, and I thought she was SO SPECIAL. She was so beautiful and always was. She was so sweet and kind, a real southern lady. We thought so much of her Mama and Daddy. We pray that God will comfort your hearts and give you peace.
    Sincere sympathy, Eddie and Vetres Livengood and Veder Hurley

  5. Lester, Michelle , Andy and Families, We think so much of you and your Families. Barbara was a great friend. We are all going to miss her. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Lester and family, we lost a true southern lady, always time to speak and share a smile. You are in our thoughts and prayers

  7. This news saddens me greatly. Our parents always felt and received kindness from this fine Lady. We looked forward to seeing the Bailey family whenever we were able to attend Union Church. Mr. Bailey, please know that the Perkins family sends our love and respect along with Prayers of Comfort for the family.

  8. Lester, Andy, & Michelle, Barbara was a beautiful person, always had a smile, always asking about others. We are so sorry. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you. Lonnie & Judy McKenzie

  9. Lester and family,
    Our love, prayers and sympathy are with you all. Barbara was a wonderful friend and neighbor.

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lester and family! Much love! Doris Bailey Thompson and family

  11. Ms. Bailey was my teacher in Carthage elementary school. And she taught my brother. She was a sweet person . And a great teacher. She will be missed. Prayers for the family.

  12. Andy and Family, So sorry for the loss of your precious Mom. She was such a sweet and kind lady. Know that we are thinking of you and your family at this time. Marilyn Hooks

  13. So sorry to learn of Barbara’s passing. I am going to miss seeing Barbara at the Fitness Center. We did classes together there for many years. And running into her & Lester at our favorite eating place in Carthage was always nice. She was a regular supporter of my monthly Fitness Center gals lunches. I appreciate her supporting me with this. I am going to miss her a lot. I will miss her smile a whole lot.
    Cynthia Shear
    Carthage, N.C.

  14. I’m very sorry to hear of Mrs.Bailey passing away.She was my teacher at Cameron elementary.she was one of my most favorite teachers.I have thought of her often over the years.

  15. Barbara was a true Southern Belle. Always kind and courteous. May God give you His peace and comfort through the coming days.

  16. Barbara was a kind lady a true friend and faithful to her church . Her and Lester were a beautiful couple ! When my husband and I first came to Union Presbyterian church she and Lester welcomed us with open arms made us feel so welcome! If for some reason we didn’t make it to church Barbara would call to make sure we were ok and I appreciated that! She was a special lady and friend Rest In Peace see you later love you! Prayers for you Lester and family!

  17. Dearest Michelle, Chris, & Ava,
    We share your broken hearts today;
    Please reflect on the beautiful memories
    You made with your mother. She is out of pain
    and will be greatly welcomed into Heaven.
    We love you and will continue praying for comfort.
    ❤️Gray, Judy, Christian

  18. Rest in peace dear Ms Bailey. A kind-hearted, patient soul. My 5th grade teacher at Carthage Elementary. You will be missed by many. Prayers for all of the family.

  19. Mrs. Bailey was such a sweet lady and a wonderful mentor. I served as her teacher assistant at Carthage Elementary from Jan-June 1985. I so enjoyed working alongside her. Prayers for comfort and peace for her family.

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