Rachel Bailey McKinney, 79, of Rutherfordton, passed away suddenly at her home on May 30, 2019. Rachel was born in Rutherfordton on February 12, 1940. She was the daughter of the late Henry Bailey and Una Bridges Bailey. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister Emogene Bailey Hamrick, and brother Bobby Bailey and his wife Eleanor. Rachel lived in Rutherfordton and Ellenboro the majority of her life. She was a talented seamstress who continued to sew up until her death. She loved shopping, going out to eat with friends, talking on the telephone to her family and especially enjoyed word search. She will be remembered as a passionate woman who loved her family, her friends, and especially loved her grand dogs (Roxie, Louie, Bullet, and Daisy). She leaves us with precious memories which will be cherished always. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Ellenboro.
Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Walker and husband Tommy of Rutherfordton; two sons, Ricky McKinney and wife Melissa, Randy McKinney and wife Christina, all of Rutherfordton. Also surviving are her sister, Sally Mann and husband Jack of Gastonia, NC; and her brothers, Palmer Bailey and wife Frances, Fred Bailey and wife Faye, all of Ellenboro. There are also six grandchildren, whom she dearly loved, Blake Carter and wife Allison, Mollee McKinney, Hayden McKinney, Henry McKinney, Max McKinney, and Jack McKinney and two great grandchildren, Madison and Aleya. They were all the loves of her life. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 2 pm Monday, June 3, 2019 at Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Sepaugh officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 pm Monday in the sanctuary of the church. The family will be at the home of her son, Randy McKinney.
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