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Bessie Jones Baynard


Last updated 8/9/2021 at 2:44pm

Bessie Jones Baynard

Bessie Jones Baynard, 69, of Penrose, passed peacefully Aug. 3, 2021, following a brief battle with lung cancer.

Born Dec. 26, 1951, in Transylvania County, she was a beloved member of the community, having lived here all her life and having raised her children in Penrose for over 40 years. She was a bus driver for Transylvania County School System and a volunteer at the concession stand for Transylvania County Little League for many years.

Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her had true joy in his or her unique relationships. She didn't know a stranger. One conversation and you became family. Her sense of humor was unlike any other. She loved to laugh, joke and aggravate her family on a daily basis. Hands on her hips, shaking her pointer finger, sticking her tongue out, boisterous laughter and many other "Bessie-isms" will be missed beyond measure. Her nickname was Bossy Bessie and it was meant in the most endearing way.

Her parents, Jack Jones and Dorothy Ann Jones; beloved husband, J.D Baynard; and most recently, her youngest son, J.W. Baynard, preceded her in death.

She was the matriarch of a large family that extended beyond those related by blood.

She is survived by her loving immediate family, eldest son, J.J Baynard; daughters-in-law, Melanie Baynard and Shannon Frazier, wife to her late son, J.W Baynard; grand-children, Mason and Madison Baynard, whom kept the sparkle in her eyes even in her final days; her best friends, sisters, and soul mates, Wilma King (the late Dwight King), Brenda Hughes, (the late LeeRoy Hughes), Earlene Hughes (Mike) and Donna Kay Laughter (Barry); adored stepchildren, Delmus Baynard (Paulette) and Dale Mountjoy (Buddy); nieces, Vickie Whitta (Stuart), Pam Miller (Paul), April Yates (Brian) and Kimberley Hall (Hunter); nephews, Tony King (Sherry), Doug King (Traci), Jeffrey Hughes (Kerri), Chris Hughes and Joshua Laughter (Katlyn). Additional cherished family includes grandchildren, Mamie Aiken (Chris) and Scott Baynard (Kandi); great-granddaughters, Addie Aiken, Katie and Jenny Baynard; and many great-nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers, support, food, use of venues and so much more. Our sincerest appreciation for all that you all have done and continue to do.

The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at Open Arms Tabernacle. The family received friends from 11a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, at the church. Interment was in Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory.

Online condolences may be left at http://www.moody

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home is caring for the family.


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