On August 6, 1921, Annie Ruth Wearing Bailey was born to the late Queenie Wearing Wright and the late Jacob Wright in Vance, South Carolina.
At an early age, she received the Lord as her Savior, joining Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church. After her marriage, she continued her Christian journey at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church.
Annie Ruth attended Bull School.
She was united in marriage on January 15, 1940 to Peter Bailey, and to this covenant partnership, they were blessed with nine children. One son, Peter Bailey, Jr., died during infancy and another son, Bernard Bailey died at the ripe age of 54. She was also predeceased in death by a grandson, Kenneth Elvin Bailey, Jr.
After a brief illness, Annie entered the door into God's magnificent presence on Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Annie was a true soldier for the Lord at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church. She was a former member of the Sunday School, Senior Choir, Missionary Society, Pastor Aide Ministry, Christian Aide Burial Society and the official "Mother" of Springfield.
In the Eutawville community, Annie did volunteer work with the Clemson Extension and workded as a Poll Worker for Orangeburg County Voter Registration.
Believing that a house is made of walls and beas and a home is made of love and dreams, what Annie witnessed in her family home, she practiced for herself----dependence on God in every circumstance, for love for His word, concern for others above self and an idomitable spirit displayed with a smile.
While raising her childdren, Annie stood strong for what was biblically correct. No one else could have borne the load that she carried. She was a vital and integral part of her children's and grandchildren's lives. She devoted all of her time raising them. Their lives through the years would have been impossible without her encouragement and support.
Annie taught her children to be kind, appreciative and pleasant. She was a lovely, beautiful and wise woman because early in her life, she made Christ her home, her purpose, her center, her confidant and her vision.
The fruits of her labor can be seen in her surviving children: William (Michon) Bailey, of Silver Springs, MD, Rev. Dr. Kenneth (Ida) Bailey, of Eutawville, SC, Archie (Sherita) Bailey, of Washington, DC, Dorothy Prioleau, of Boston, MA, Margaret Bailey, of Sumter, SC, Shirley (Leon) Oliver and JoAnn (George) Lawton, both of Eutawville, SC. Annie is also survived by two grandchildren reared in the home, William "BIlly" Bailey, of Washington, DC and Gloria Jean Bailey, of Hyattsville, MD, as well astwenty-one other loving grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and a daughter-in-law, Doris A. Bailey, of Eutawville, SC
Family and friends may call at 433 Second Street, Eutawville, SC, and at the funeral home.