Yancey County Commissioners Present Dr. Lloyd Bailey With the Order of the Long Leaf Pine
On Saturday, September 7th the Yancey County Commissioners presented Yancey County native son, Dr. Lloyd Bailey with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine was bestowed upon Dr. Bailey by Governor Pat McCrory at the recommendation of the Yancey County Board of Commissioners. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the highest awards given to North Carolina citizens.
Dr. Bailey, a well-known professor of religion and preserver of local history, has written 12 large volumes dedicated to the history and genealogy of the Toe River Valley (the counties of Yancey, Mitchell, and Avery). Because of his work in the area of local history and genealogy, Dr. Bailey is recognized as an expert in those areas of the Toe River Valley region.
Dr. Bailey graduated from Clearmont High School in Yancey County in 1954, Mars Hill Junior College in 1956, Duke University with a degree in Physics in 1958, Duke Divinity School in 1961, and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1968. Dr. Bailey taught 28 years in the Divinity School of Duke University, one semester at UNC-Chapel Hill, and in retirement has been Distinguished Professor Barrow at Mount Olive College, and is currently a Professor of Religion at Methodist University.
Many friends and family attended the event to honor Dr. Bailey and special thanks go to the Yancey County History Association and the NuWray Inn for hosting the event.