CONNELLY SPRINGS Mrs. Ruth Bailey Fulbright, 93, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ruth was born Nov. 29, 1925, in Burke County to the late Stanley Bailey and Lourah Williams Bailey. She was a lifetime member of Mount Harmony United Methodist Church and retired from the Alba-Waldensian Inc. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters. Survivors include her husband of almost 73 years, Yates Fulbright of the home; and children, Rita F. Bowman (Eric) of Morganton, Renee F. Abee (Joel) of Hildebran, and Yates E. Fulbright Jr. (Armando) of Miami, Fla. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Brian Bowman (MaryBeth), Adam Bowman, Emily A. Hudson (Blain), Erin A Wall (Daniel); great-grandchildren, Dustin Hudson (Ashlen), Jacob Hudson, Davis and Jackson Wall, Hunter and Hannah Bowman; three great-great-grandchildren, Emma, Alivia and Cason Hudson; and one sister, Hazel B. Abernathy of Icard. Funeral services for Mrs. Fulbright will be held Friday, July 12, at 4 p.m., at Mount Harmony United Methodist Church, 7967 Mt. Harmony Church Rd., with the Rev. George Williams officiating. Entombment will follow at the Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum, with Brian and Adam Bowman, Dustin and Jacob Hudson, and Daniel Wall serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. Memorials may be sent to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690; or to Mount Harmony U.M.C., P.O. Box 157, Icard, NC 28666. An online guestbook and obituary is available at

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