Bobbie Jean Matlock Dailey was born one November 26, 1935 to the parentage of Wiley Matlock and Bessie Turner Matlock in Sparkman, Arkansas. In her youth, Bobbie joined Ebenezer Baptist Church where she was baptized and professed her belief and faith in Jesus Christ. She attended school in Sparkman and spent her early years working in the cotton fields and doing various other jobs alongside of her parents and siblings. This experience helped to form her work ethic and helped to instill in her strong endurance.
Bobbie was united in Holy Matrimony to the late, Howard “Bo” Dailey, Sr., on May 10, 1957. To this this blissful union three children were born, Marcella, Howard, Jr., and Barbara. She possessed a strong spirit, but yet she was a gentle and generous woman. She was an exceptional wife, mother and grandmother with a passion for helping others. Bobbie and Bo were known to help with rearing not only their own children and grandchildren Scorpio and Dennis, but some of their nieces and nephews as well. She was an avid cook who always provided full course meals for her family and anyone who just happened to stop by.
During her journey in life, Bobbie met some of her most cherished friends including the late Ruby Fountain and Missionary Earlene Sanders, her confidant. Bobbie often recalled some of her most memorable influencers. Amongst them were the late Mr. Willie Toney, Sr., and his beloved wife, Mrs. Odessa Toney. Bobbie often talked about how she and Bo enjoyed attending church events with them. She considered the “Toney’s” to be a great inspiration and a godly inspiration to her life.
Preparing for and attending the annual Dailey and House Family Reunion was another one of Bobbie’s relished highlights. She was known to cook, cook, cook and cook a variety of soul foods for the reunions. Spending time with “Uncle Jessie” Dailey and “Aunt Chris” as they were affectionately called along with their children; her sister-in-law, Irma Jean “Aunt Jean” and “Uncle Hensey” and “Aunt Liz” were some of her favorite moments.
Lastly, attending the annual “Mother’s Day” service at Harmony Baptist Church was an event that she enjoyed sharing with their mother, Bessie, and her siblings throughout the years. She loved to hear the preaching of the late Pastor F. O. Jones. Bobbie enjoyed cooking, collecting money, watching CSI Miami, Perry Mason, Walker Texas Ranger, The Young and the Restless and the television ministries of Joel Osteen and Bishop G. E. Patterson.
On Sunday, April 8, 2018, God saw fit to elevate Bobbie to a higher level. She heard the Master’s call and answered Him while leaving behind a host of family and friends.
Her survivors include: a son, Howard Dailey, Jr., of Dallas, TX; a daughter, Barbara Dailey of Princeton, AR; her grandchildren, Scorpio Dailey (Linda) of Wylie, TX, Dennis Dailey of Denton, TX, Brian Dailey (Nicole) of Little Rock, AR, Briona Dailey of Arlington, TX; her great-grandchildren, Kailebe Dailey, Taylor Dailey, Ricki Dailey, Dennis Dailey, Jr., and A’leah Dailey; her sisters, Emma Perry of Milwaukee, WI, Betty Owens (Kenneth) of Carthage, AR, Carolyn Johnson of Hot Springs, AR, and Cora Adams of Hot Springs, AR; her brothers, Eddie L. Matlock (Edice) of Little Rock, AR, Larry Matlock of Hot Springs, AR and Floyd Matlock of Hot Springs, AR; a sister-in-law, Irma Craig of Milwaukee, WI and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her loving husband of forty-nine years, Howard “Bo” Dailey, Sr., her parents Wiley and Bessie Matlock; a daughter, Marcella Dailey; a grandson, Darren Dailey; her sisters, Betty Dickerson, Zettie Brooks, and JoAnn Matlock and a brother, Eddie H. Matlock.
Submitted by the Dailey Family
Public visitation will be Friday, April 13, 2018 from 12 noon until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Home going service will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Princeton, Arkansas with Rev. Willie Toney, Jr., eulogist. Interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.