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Edythe S. Bagley of Cheyney Edythe Scott Bagley, 86, of Cheyney, passed away on Saturday, June 11 at her home. She was born and grew up in Marion, Alabama, the daughter of Obie Scott and Bernice McMurry Scott. She was the eldest surviving child of three, including her sister Coretta and her brother Obie Leonard. She attended Crossroads School and Lincoln School. Upon graduation as valedictorian of her class, she received a scholarship to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, becoming Antioch's first full-time African American student in modern times. Her Antioch experience was so enriching that it broadened her horizons and enticed her younger sister, Coretta, to enroll two years later. At Antioch she participated in the school's renowned co-operative education program, and among her co-op experiences was a day spent with novelist Richard Wright. After receiving her bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University, Mrs. Bagley returned to the South. While teaching high school English in Talladega, Alabama, she pursued graduate studies at Columbia University and earned a master's degree in English. She then taught and directed plays at Elizabeth City State Teachers College, where she met Arthur M. Bagley, whom she married on June 5, 1954. She later taught at Albany State College, North Carolina A&T University, and Norfolk State University. After returning to graduate school she earned a terminal master of fine arts degree in Theater from Boston University, becoming, in 1965, the first African American woman to do so. Following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she worked full-time with her sister, Coretta Scott King, for two years. In 1970 she accompanied her sister to Europe on a promotional tour for her book My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. Mrs. Bagley served as a consultant in developing a major in Black Drama at Michigan State University from 1970-1972. From 1971 through 1996, she was a professor at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania; due to her leadership, Pennsylvania's Department of Education approved Cheyney's proposal to offer a theatre arts major in 1980 and the university completed the construction of a modern theatre arts facility in 1996. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Bagley directed the student repertory group, the Cheyney Players, and directed many major productions from both classical and modern dramatic literature. Mrs. Bagley was involved in implementing the cultural affairs component of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and was a lifetime member of the its board of directors. Mrs. Bagley and her sister were among thirty-seven sets of sisters featured in the New York Times best-selling book Sisters, published by Running Press in 1994. A member of St. Paul's Baptist Church in West Chester, Mrs. Bagley also belonged to several national organizations including the American Association of University Women, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Council of Negro Women, and the Links, Incorporated. She was also an honorary member of the Alpha Psi Omega Dramatic Honorary Fraternity. Mrs. Bagley's husband, Dr. Arthur M. Bagley, was a professor and chair of the Industrial Arts and Technology Department at Cheyney. She is survived by her son, Arturo S. Bagley, of Cheyney, her brother, Rev. Obie Leonard Scott and his wife Alberta, of Greensboro, Alabama, her niece, Dr. Bernice A. King of Atlanta, her nephew Martin Luther King, III and his wife Arndrea and daughter Yolanda Renee of Atlanta, and her nephew Dexter Scott King of Malibu, California. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 17, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Milestone Events Center, LLC of DeBaptiste Funeral Homes, Inc., 600 East Market Street, West Chester, PA. Friends may greet the family from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in the family cemetery in Marion, Alabama.

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Published in Daily Local News from Jun. 13 to Jun. 14, 2011.
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February 3, 2018
Missed yet not forgotten
Angela Gore-Curry
July 13, 2016
Valenda Newell
January 1, 2014
May it comfort you to know that Edythe has the hope of being found in God's. book of remembrance. (Malachi 3:16)
October 23, 2013
I was a student of Mrs. Bagley at Cheyney University
Lee Tuckson
August 1, 2013
A magnificent,wonderful, and trailblazing women is gone, but never forgotten. Rest in peace Mrs. Scott-Bagley.
Edward Byers
March 4, 2013
Please know that the God of all comfort is with your family and will continue to help you to endure the loss of your loved one. {Romans 15:5}
G. B.
June 25, 2012
Edithe sister Loretta paid for my brother wedding (Bobby and Shelia Blalock) and she did not have to do it. I said that to say that kindness runs in the Scott family. So, I can imagine that Edythe was just as kind. With sincere condolences to the Bagley family during your time of grief. Psalms 46:1 "God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times". May God (John 17:3) provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
March 28, 2012
Our chance meeting at Talladega College during the Birmingham period was a life-changer for me. YOU made me realize that by doing nothing to help bring about social change made me as much a part of the problem as anyone. Wow. That was a key for me. I will sorely miss you and our many phone contacts, especially over the past 15 years. YOU will forever be remembered and I thank God for your kindness, friendship, and love. H. L. Sam Queen
H L Sam Queen
March 19, 2012
Michael Watson of Cheyney University
November 2, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Shirley Caldwell
September 30, 2011
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.

May GOD continue to guide your family by means of His holy spirit to give you strength and comfort during this time of sorrow.

D. Clark
August 3, 2011
Kimmie Dennis
August 2, 2011
Miss you much & I will miss your sweet voice your cousin Cynthia Lipscomb
Cynthia Lipscomb
July 4, 2011
A mighty Woman of God who touched so many is now onto another journey. Her footprints traveled and touch many lives. Through her passion and wisdom many individuals have taken time to smell the roses. I am honored to learn and grace the presence of this great leader. My prayers of peace be with you now and always.
Christina Harrison
June 22, 2011
To Arturo,
Your mother was a beautiful and loving woman whom I will never forget. She was always so kind to me and my late partner, Leon.
My deepest sympathy.
Winston Johnson
Winston Johnson
June 22, 2011
My sincere condolences to the families of the Late Ms. edythe S. Bagley. May God's mercy and grace keep you.
(Terry Smith--Arkansas)
Terry Smith
June 21, 2011
My memories are of Mt Tabor church and the Scott store.My prayers are with you.
Cleretha Bailey Echols
Maple Hts.Ohio/Marion,Ala.
June 20, 2011
May God bless you and your family. God knows.
Ben Neal
June 20, 2011
May the God of all comfort and love be with your family.May Mrs.Bagley fond memories stay close to her family and friends.John5:28,29.
June 19, 2011
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
Nancy Flournoy
June 19, 2011
May the Lord give the close family and friends comfort during this time.
nedrea scott
June 18, 2011

June 18, 2011
Corletta Hardy
June 18, 2011
May God comfort and wipe all tears from the eyes of Edythe Scott Bagley family and friends.
Deepest Sympathy
June 18, 2011
Im so sorry for your loss may god bless u and your family. I willll be praying for yall.
Kisha Marable
June 18, 2011
Sorry for your loss. May God Hold you and yours.
Terry Nales
June 18, 2011
i didnt even know who she was but i was a fan of her sister and my heart goes out to the whole family
theresa youngblood
June 18, 2011
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Roy & Jacqui
June 18, 2011
Im sorry for you lost. (Paula Fraser)
June 18, 2011
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Edythe Scott Bagley. The people of Perry County Alabama and the Black Belt region would like to thank the Scott and King family for their immense contributions to mankind.

May God Bless the sister-in-law of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Charles Douglas Edwards
June 18, 2011
Praying for God's grace and mercy during this time of sadness.

Your cousin,
June 18, 2011
my condolences to the family ..,may you draw comfort from the holy scriptures,Psalms 146:5,9
June 18, 2011
Another wonderful person whom will dearly missed by all who knew her sleep in heavenly peace until we see you again.
Doris Sanders
June 17, 2011
To the Family: Thanks to you and your family for all that you have done for all people. Meaning the WORLD. We will try to live and teach our young about being better people.With non voilence Thanks. Now you are in a better place. Trust In The Lord.
James@Jacqueline Harris@Family
June 17, 2011
June 17, 2011
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
June 17, 2011
We have lost another one of our Civil
Rights Leaders.
RIP Ms Bagley, I know you and your sister
have some catching up to do My sympathy to the family
June 17, 2011
My sincerest condolences to the family of Edythe Scott Bagley. I am sure this Icon will be missed. Much love and many thanks for her contributions to make society a better place to live.
Brenda Adams
June 17, 2011
Thank God for such a beautiful inspirational lady, prayers to Bagley and King families.
Mary, Martinsville,Va.
June 17, 2011
June 16, 2011
My condolences to the Bagley family. Edythe touch many lives during her life time. she will be missed. may you find comfort in this promise at John 5:28,29 during this time of grief.
James Long
June 16, 2011
She will always be remembered as one of my favorite high school teachers. Her inspiration motivated me to achieve the highest degree of education. God Bless the family.
Helen Strickland
June 16, 2011
God bless the family of this beautiful dignified person. God bless her for all she has done. God bless Mrs. Baley's family and everyone she has touched throughout her life.

Jerry Giesenhagen
June 16, 2011
This is truly a soul stirring obituary. Just to hear how educated Mrs. Bagley was when we were still living in such turbulent times in the Civil Rights Movement. May Mrs. Bagley Rest In Peace. Thank you for all your contributions to our Constitutional rights and just plain Human Rights.
Gloria Pugh
June 16, 2011
To The Bagley and The King Family, The world is so blessed to have had a someone of this calibur to every care about the world and put there life on the line for so many people GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY in this time of breavement and all always look to jesus the authour and finisher of our faith,He cares trust him and let him guide at this time,he love's you and is waited for you. God Bless The entire family. My Prayers are with you. From The Nelson Family.
Reba Nelson
June 16, 2011
Mrs. Bagley was such an inspiration to me when I was a Cheyney student. She was a such a lady and a mentor to so many of us. Her many contributions will remain an integral part of the Cheyney family forever. May she rest in peace.
Riva Thomas Tunstall
June 16, 2011
To The Bagley,King and Scott Families

Grieving does endure for awhile, but let the sweet memories of the purposeful life and acomplishments of your loved one bring you peace and comfort.
Hattie Kendrick
June 16, 2011
What a beautiful obituary, This is truly inspiring just to hear how educated Mrs. Bagley was when we were still in segregated schools and couldn't really have the same treatment as other races. You were a model to your sister and family. May God Bless those who are left to mourn her lost. What a party Mrs. Bagley must be having to be reunited with her fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Retoneya Champion
June 16, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 16, 2011
I am very sorry to hear about your lost. But i am here to tell you that if u hold on to God He will give you what you need when u need it. He did it for me when i lost my mother. I know He will do it for you. God bless and know that God is not a man that He should lie. He will be your mother. just hold on
Mary Crawford
June 15, 2011
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
June 15, 2011
Many thoughts & prayers to the Scott & King Family. Both families poured out love, positive and amazing gifts to the world. Your deed on earth was worthy & very good. May it be forever remembered for all to cherish. May Mrs. Bagley rest in peace.
Kathy Pryor
June 15, 2011
Almighty God, In our present grief we cling to Thy promise that Thou will at last wash away all tears.
Reverend Juicy Walker
June 15, 2011
What a great legacy this family has. My most sincere condolences.
Rhonda Nielsen
June 15, 2011
Arturo, Cousin Edythe will be missed. I shall always remember as a very vibrant person who loved her family. My prayers are with you.
June 15, 2011
My condolences to your family I have been to the King center in Atlanta, came across it when I was lost. I spent quite a long time in there. May the Lord be w/you at this time.
Kay Perry-Dougan
June 15, 2011
The family has my sympathy. I did not know her but I met Coretta Scott King many years ago.

Betty Johnson Davis
Atlanta, GA
Betty Davis
June 15, 2011
Arturo,to let you know that thoughts of deepest sympathy
are with you.Hoping it will help somehow to know your
loss is shared by those who understand.Your Mother will
be forever Loved and Missed.
Gloria B.Stewart ,RD LDN & Family
Gloria Stewart
June 15, 2011
Arturo, our heart and prayers go out to you in the loss of your Mom, Aunt Edythe. This is so close to Uncle Arthur's passing. You have our full support, and we love you!

Your family in Florida...the Ruth, Ings, Johnson, Rawls, and Stewart families...
Tominsina (Ruth) Ings
June 15, 2011
June 15, 2011
I salute a lovely lady, and honor her historical roots. May the Lord comfort her family!
Cheryl Polk
June 15, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 15, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 15, 2011
Gems among us...That is what Mrs. Bagley is and such a lady...YES SHE WAS SUCH A LADY. I met her many years ago at Cheney and she told me I had a good handshake and I smaile a big smile and thought to myself...Do women also recognize a good handshake and I must have smile so broadly that she read my mind and said "You can tell alot about a man by his handshake" and like so many others that spoke/sewed into my life she said that handshake and that smile young man will take you place and unlock doors to windows of opportunities. I was a lover of Theater and the Arts and it was good to see in a time when the Arts in Education were going away that someone thought they added value to the lives of those that performed and those that enjoyed the arts.

I will say I was in awe that she was the Sister of an American Icon but she was a Jewel in her own right. She was the epitome of womanhood and I so appreciated the refreshing way she displayed her ladyship. Heaven is the recipient of a precious one but while we mourn on this side we know that there is a Rejoicing going on on the other side of Heaven.Rest In Peace Mrs. Bagley and We were honored to call you neighbor, Professor and most of all Example.

God Bless You Family...You understand legacy so to say live on in her light would be an understatement...Live On and Tell the Story !!!

AT Patton
June 15, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Melanee Salley
June 15, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
James Yarrell
June 15, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Eric & Valerie Whitfield
June 15, 2011
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Audra A. & Reuben J. Davis
June 14, 2011
To the Bagley and Scott Family, I just wanted to say that iam very sorry over your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May God bless you all.
miss nita johnson
June 14, 2011
Sylvia Harding
June 14, 2011
Mrs Bagley will be miss by everyone who knew her. she is with God now, but we all can take a lesson from her and past it down to our children. May God bless all her family.
June 14, 2011
may god rest her soul
pennie humphrey
June 14, 2011
God took the strength of a mountain, the majesty of a tree…
The warmth of a summer sun, the calm of a quiet sea.

The generous soul of nature, the comforting arm of night…
The wisdom of the ages, the power of the eagle’s flight.

The joy of a morning in spring, the faith of a mustard seed…
The patience of eternity, the depth of a family need.

Then God combined these qualities; when there was not another…
He knew His masterpiece was complete, and so He called Edythe Scott Bagley One of His Noblest People".
Melissa Thomas
June 14, 2011
Thank you for all your service and dedication to Cheyney and the service of our people.
June 14, 2011
May God continue to walk with the Bagley/King family during this hour of void in your lives. There is no pain that heaven can't heal.

I greatly enjoyed my time as a student of Mrs. Bagley. My life was forever enriched.
Theodore Gass, Sr.
June 14, 2011
We all hate to see you go.
glenn johnson
June 14, 2011
May the Good L0RD be with you along the way to his house.los angeles -CA.
June 14, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 14, 2011
Dear Bagley Family,

Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the loss of your loved one. She is now absent from the body but present with the Lord.
Debra Thomas & Family
June 14, 2011
May God give the family the strength they need during their time of sorrow. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Psalm 30:5b
Patrick Lee
June 14, 2011
June 14, 2011
Dear Bagley family

Sorry for your loss. The pain of losing a loved one is more than a person can imagine. Hopefully the words at 1Peter 5:7 will comfort you through this trial.
June 14, 2011
With deepest sympathy
Ada & Yolanda Gordon
June 14, 2011
Deepest Sympahty,Take comfort in God and know that she is resting now and stay strong and keep the faith. God Bless.
Anthony & Ruth Jackson
June 14, 2011
So sorry to hear of Mrs. Scott passing....... We know death is something that plagues mankind of all races and ages
June 14, 2011
June 14, 2011
To Arturo Bagley and the King family, we pray that God will bless you during this time of sorrow. From the Bagley-Johnson family in Belleview, Florida
Terry Jones
June 14, 2011
May the God of all comfort bring your family peace at this time. (Psalms 119:76)
Ruby Baker
June 14, 2011
God has called yet another angel home. I will always cherish everything that you taught me as my very first acting teacher. You and your husband were true Cheyney Legends! Thank you for having me listen to Lou Rawls's "Lady Love" during our meetings because those words truly edify your life and legacy. God Bless you and family.
Gloria Howe
June 14, 2011
May this candle continue to burn for you for your involvement in civil rights. I pray that the family will find peace in their loss.
Jeannie Perry
June 14, 2011
Pleasant thoughts and wonderful memories, may you keep her in your hearts forever.
June 13, 2011
To the the family of Edythe Scott Bagley - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that she will be missed by many.
R Golay
June 13, 2011
June 13, 2011
June 13, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Sheryl R. Lamb-Davis
June 13, 2011
My condolences go out 2 the King & the Bagley family i will keep both families in my prayers & may God continue 2 bless you in your time of sorrow.
Vesterine Bethea
June 13, 2011
Crossing the Bar

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Poetry Foundation
Vesterine Bethea
June 13, 2011
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
Vesterine Bethea
June 13, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
June 13, 2011
Mrs.bagley you have done many wonderful thing you can rest in peace.
Ann Jackson
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