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Minister Marvin Bailey

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Funeral service for Minister Marvin Maurice “Reese” Bailey will be conducted 12 Noon Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Majority Missionary Baptist Church, 414 North Coit Street, Florence, South Carolina. Interment will follow at Salem United Methodist Cemetery, 5814 Old River Road, Florence, South Carolina, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Minister Marvin Maurice “Reese” Bailey was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 21, 1962 to the late Willie Marvin Bailey and the late Joyce Gregg Bailey. He passed away from this life into eternal life on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina after an illness.

At an early age, Maurice confessed Christ, joined Salem United Methodist Church in Claussen, South Carolina and was baptized. In 2008, he accepted the call of ministry and later joined Majority Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Alfonso Porter where he faithfully served as Associate Minister. Maurice also received Leadership Training under Reverend Dr. Ralph W. Canty, Pastor of Savannah Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Maurice attended South Florence High School graduating in the class of 1980. He gained Higher Education from Florence Darlington Technical College and Francis Marion College in Florence, South Carolina.

Maurice was employed at Suit World in Florence, South Carolina where he was able to work in the field of fashion that he was well known for. Maurice was previously employed as a Manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Florence, South Carolina. He later operated in the role of Vice President of Human Resources at ADP in Florence, South Carolina.

Maurice was an outgoing, energetic and compassionate man that loved the Lord and never met a stranger. He had a deep passion for mentoring young men through his love of fashion and sports. He previously coached young men AAU basketball and lead his women softball team to numerous championship games. He was a diehard fan of the Minnesota Vikings football team, the Boston Celtics basketball team and the Clemson Tigers football team. He was a minister, daddy, brother, uncle, mentor, friend, confidant and fashion advisor.

Maurice leaves to cherish his memories: two daughters, Chelsea Bailey and Taylor Bailey both of Darlington, South Carolina; future grandson that he was anxiously awaiting, Santana Alexander Bailey of Darlington, South Carolina; a brother, Christopher Brian (Neva) Bailey, of Timmonsville, South Carolina; two nieces, Kelly Bailey and Shanice Bailey both of Columbia, South Carolina; two nephews, Christopher Brian Bailey, Jr and Dorian Bailey both of Florence, South Carolina; his loving grandmother, Queenie Mae Bailey of Florence, South Carolina; two aunts, Helen McWhite of Florence, South Carolina and Vera Gregg of Florence, South Carolina; a special cousin, Michael Kelly of Florence, South Carolina; a devoted cousin who shared in Maurice’s caretaking, Regina McWhite Ham of Florence, South Carolina; and many other special cousins; and friends that he loved dearly (too many to name individually).

Maurice will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. In the words of Maurice “Reese” Bailey, “MAY GOD BLESS YOU, AND MAY HEAVEN SMILE UPON YOU,” until we meet again.

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I remember Marvin fondly from our high school days. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family. RIP Marvin. Gina Beasley Garrett Stone Mountain, GA

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

We send condolences to Mrs. Joyce and the Bailey family. We met Maurice through and by my mom's bestfriend (the late Mrs. Frances Harrison King). We shared many diners and laughs at the home of Sam" Stumpy" & Frances. Maurice was a very nice gentleman with style and grace. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.(daughters of the late Mrs. Bertha Davis) Audrey & Lurma

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the family of Marvin Maurice Reese Bailey. Reese was a very confident and well groomed young man.He dressed well, and he wore big 's and he could turn heads. He had a beautiful smile and he walked with pep in his step. Always cordial when ever I saw him . I said to him it's good to see you, his reply was always ,It's good to be seen! I saw his prayer on Facebook that he submitted on October 28th . Wow how touching ! He asked God to forgive him and all of us for sins that we committed against one another. He wasn't selfish in his prayer.He asked God to heal the land, and heal people of different sickness and diseases. I believe that Reese was making preparations and getting it right! He ended his prayer by acknowledging God as the author and finisher of all of our faith. He said that tears was running down from his face. Class of 1980 South Florence High and alumni , we that are left here have to get it right. . I believe that Reese got it right. Submitted by Lisa D. Mckithen

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My pray for peace and strength for you family. When I saw him in July, he was so excited about the grandson on the way, his beautiful daughter and Aunt Queenie Mae, and his aunt Helen. I could hear the love in his voice. We had a big laugh about he an Mike. Cool dude

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Our Deepest Sympathy and Heart Felt Prayers go out to the Family of Minister Maurice Bailey. He will be missed by his Suit World Family. May God continue to strengthen his family during their time of sorrow. We will miss our Friend... Suit World Of Florence Family...

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

RIP my dear cousin. I'm sharing in the sadness with the family and remembering the joy of our childhood days. I pray for healing for the children and Brian and that they lean on all the joy you brought to their lives. Jimmy and Terri Gregg Harrison Winston Salem, NC

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Prayers for strength - sending our heartfelt love and support to Tanya, Chelsea, Taylor & Family. Mr and Mrs Frank (Hilton) Gilbert and Family Columbia, SC

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