Cathy Jean Bailey Martin, 64, wife of Nelson Hayes Martin of North Wilkesboro, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at First Baptist Church on Main Street in North Wilkesboro, with the Rev. Brent Bailey, the Rev. James Ferguson and the Rev. Casey Walker officiating. Burial will be at Scenic Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. at the church, prior to the service.  

Mrs. Martin was born May 5, 1955, in Wilkes County to Robert and Addie Ferguson Bailey.  She was a member of First Baptist Church on Main Street and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 678. She received her bachelor of science degree from Appalachian State University.

Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Doug Bailey, Dean Bailey and Buster Bailey.

She is survived by her husband, Nelson Hayes Martin of the home; one daughter, China Kanique Martin of North Wilkesboro; one son, Nelson Gregory “Greg” Martin and wife, Emily, of Wilkesboro; three grandchildren, Aubree Carlton Jr., Julian Martin, and Jada Brooke Martin; four sisters, Barbara Ann Armstrong of Boonville, Addie Mae Cockeran of North Wilkesboro, Tenia Bailey Potts and husband, John, of Charlotte and Sandra Bailey of North Wilkesboro; two brothers, Robert “Sonny” Bailey Jr. and wife, Jewell, of Eden and William “Billy” Bailey and wife, Yetta, of Salisbury; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Bailey and Tola Martin Bailey, both of North Wilkesboro; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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