Age: 88 Address: Burnsville, North Carolina Date of Death: Thursday, January 23, 2014 Arrangements: Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home
Details: Evelyn Hope Bailey of Burnsville, passed away on Thursday, January 23rd at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville. She was the daughter of the late H. Grady and Zula Ray Bailey. She was a member of Bolens Creek Baptist Church.
A graduate of Burnsville High School, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music in 1946 from Woman’s College of The University of NC,Greensboro. During summer vacations after her first two years of teaching public school music, she studied voice at Juilliard School of Music in New York.
During three years as associate editor of The Yancey Record, a weekly newspaper at the time, she also served as Yancey correspondent to The Asheville Citizen-Times and continued writing Playhouse reviews for that newspaper during seven summers after resuming her music teaching career.
As partial fulfillment for her Master’s Degree in Library Science, awarded from Appalachian State University in 1969, she wrote a thesis entitled “Symphonic Music From Literary Sources.” It is a critical analysis of 43 classical symphonic works written to describe certain literary works.
Her Master’s Thesis was accepted into the U.S. Office of Education’s Bureau of Research, known as Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC). Consequently, ERIC published her Master’s Thesis on the Internet, where it is used today by music teachers and librarians in helping children listen intelligently to classical music and appreciate the literature that inspired the music.
After her retirement from Asheville City Schools, she was appointed Parkway Playhouse Historian in 1995 by William “Bill” Dreyer, Parkway Playhouse Managing Director at the time. At his request, she published Vol. I of her Playhouse history, covering the first 25 years from its 1947 founding. Vol. II covers the next 25 years through the 50th season. A revised edition of Vol. I was published in 2006 as her contribution to the 60th Season, and the Times Journal newspaper published a full page of her Playhouse history on May 4, 2011, as her observance of the 65th Season.
During her eight years as president of Woman’s Club of Burnsville (2000-2008) she established two scholarships, $1,000 Eloise Briggs Scholarship in Nursing founded in 2002, and $1,000 Lili Kraus Classical Music Scholarship founded in 2004.
Surviving are several cousins, including: Mary B. Hudson of Hendersonville, NC, Pat Ray of Belgrade, MT, June Fox of Newdale and John M. “Bill” Fouts of Troy, MI.
A visitation will be held from 2 until 2:30 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Due to the weather, a graveside service will be held at 2:30 Sunday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Academy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lili Kraus Classical Music Scholarship or to the Eloise Briggs Scholarship in Nursing. Memorial donations may also be sent to Woman’s Club of Burnsville, c/o Renee Wessel, Treasurer, 341 Shepard Way, Burnsville, NC28714.