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Pat Bedford

July 11, 1940 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Pat Bedford Obituary

Patricia Ann Bailey Bedford, age 83 of Forest City went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Pat, as she was known to her family and friends, was born in Enoree, South Carolina and was a daughter of the late Walter James and Altha Cooper Bailey.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Jerrell Stephen Bedford who died in 2013; her brother Royce Bailey, and sisters Audrey Philbeck, Geraldine Nix, and Faye Earley.

Pat worked many years as a supervisor at Fiber Industries in Shelby and in accounting at Cleveland Capital Holdings.  The most important time of her life was spent at home, helping her husband raise their sons and later loving their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Pat loved her family dearly. 

Pat was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church and loved canning strawberry preserves and sweet pickles for the annual bazaar.  She would prepare baked goods, especially pound cakes, and she loved making cakes for all her family’s birthdays and many friends. Pat always provided desserts and baked goods for any church occasion that was needed. 

Surviving are her sons, Steve Bedford (Debbie) and Greg Bedford (Nancy) all of Forest City; her grandchildren, Jay Bedford (Bailey) of Waxhaw, North Carolina; Matt Bedford (Jennifer) of Concord, North Carolina; Haley Bedford of Jacksonville, Florida; and Dillon Bedford of Rutherfordton; her great-grandchildren, Brooks, Callum, Whitton, Cole, and Emma Bedford.  Also surviving are her brothers, Bobby Bailey of Forest City and Walt Bailey of Shelby. Pat was also blessed by many loving nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Tonda Pye of Forest City and sister-in-law, Elsie Bedford Worley of Ellenboro. They spent many happy hours, shopping and traveling together. 

The Funeral Service will be conducted at 3 o’clock on Monday, January 22, 2024, at Oak Grove United Methodist Church with the Reverend Chris Glawson and the Reverend Ned Owens officiating.   Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:45 prior to the service in the sanctuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the Kitchen or Sound System Fund at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1507 Oak Grove Church Rd, Ellenboro, North Carolina 28040

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January 22, 2024

1:30 PM to 2:45 PM
Oak Grove United Methodist Church (Ellenboro)

Funeral Service
January 22, 2024

3:00 PM
Oak Grove United Methodist Church (Ellenboro)

January 22, 2024

4:00 PM
Oak Grove UMC Cemetery


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