Agnes Lucille Bailey Allen (often lovingly referred to as Aggie Belle) moved on to her heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday morning, March 12, 2023. Upon her arrival, she was reunited with many loved ones who had gone on before her, including her loving and adventurous husband of 22 years, Junior Bailey, who passed away in 1980, and her second husband of 32 years, the late Donald Allen, who was most humble and kind-hearted. Her loving parents, Walter Houston Mann and Eva Lee Wallin Mann, were also waiting to welcome her home, along with her sisters Donna Faye Lively and Ollie Lou Avans, and her brothers, Walter Mann and Roy Mann.
She will be greatly missed by her sister, Etta Johnson; her brothers, Jimmy Mann and Terry Mann; step-son, Jamie Allen; sisters-in-law, Wanda Bailey Leming, Nell Bailey Cleghorn, and Betty Allen; along with several nieces and nephews who she helped raise, and many dear friends who loved her abundantly. She was truly loved beyond measure.
Aggie Belle accepted Christ as her savior at an early age and was a longstanding, faithful member of Harmony Baptist Church. Aggie Belle loved Jesus with all her heart, and she lived her life for Him. She had the gift of hospitality, always ready to serve anyone who stopped by for a visit. Her biscuits, like her home, were perfectly prepared and made all feel welcome. Her home was a reflection of her faith, with décor proclaiming scriptures, the names of God, the Ten Commandments, and reminders of His great love. The Fruits of the Spirit were evident in her life.
Aggie Belle was beautiful, inside and out. She was quick witted, full of life, love, and the exact right measure of feistiness. She had a precious smile and a hearty laugh. As a self-taught master gardener, she took pride in her yard and looked forward to seeing her lovely flowers bloom each season. She also loved to color and put puzzles together, making everything she touched beautiful.
She loved to sing, “I’m a Child of the King” and “I Want my Lord to be Satisfied with Me.” Her family and friends praise God for the assurance that she is a child of the King, and she lived her life to bring Him glory.
Handwritten on a little piece of paper on her refrigerator are these wise words:
“Some of the best and hardest work God calls us to do is to love people.”
Aggie Belle was easy to love as she was absolutely precious. May the way she loved others remind us all of the importance of showing the love of Christ always.
Also, on the refrigerator, was the scripture: Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
As we await our glorious homecoming in Heaven where peace and joy is beyond our comprehension, let us forever be inspired by the life well lived by Agnes Bailey Allen and love the Lord our God with all our heart and love others as God called us to do.
A funeral service will be held 5 p.m. Thursday, March 16, in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Bobby Lemons officiating.
Interment will follow at the LaFayette City Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jessie Campbell, Darrell Denson, Brian Gentry, Jason Gamel, Eric Greeson, Stryder Maddox, Erik Mann, and Gregg Mann.
Honorary pallbearers are Carlon Allen, Vernon Barber, Clinton Green, Malcolm Harris, John Jackson, and Ralph Mann.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.