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Willow Belle "Meme" Canady

October 23, 1925 — April 27, 2022

Willow Belle Canady, 96, of Charleston, SC, originally from Fayetteville, NC,  entered her eternal home on April 27, 2022. 

Born on October 23, 1925 in Sampson County, Willow was the daughter of the late John David Hayes and Clethie Pearl Hayes. She was a graduate of Massey Hill High School, and attended Worth Business School.  On December 28, 1946, she married her best friend, Carson F. Canady, Jr., and they raised two daughters.
Willow worked 30 years for Burlington Industries and worked for the Cumberland County School District.  Willow was an active member of Faymont Baptist Church. Willow relocated to Charleston, SC, in 2014 and enjoyed spending time at the beach, bird watching, and being with her great-grandchildren.

Willow is survived by her two daughters, Emily Canady Moose and Nancy Canady Lee (Terry); her grandchildren, Traci Leigh Lewis (Tommy), Leslie Gardner Meredith (Dugan), Catherine Rodden (Johnathon), Jennifer Lee Campbell (Wesley), Steven Carson Lee (Kassie), Ryan Sloan Lee (Scottie), Davis Coleman Lee (Lauren), and 15 great-grandchildren.

Willow is preceded in death by her husband, Carson F. Canady Jr., her parents John David and Clethie Hayes, her brother William Greene Hayes, her sister Shelby Jean Underwood, and her grandson Phillip Scott Gardner.

The family will have a graveside service at Lafayette Memorial Park on May 14, 2022 at 1:00p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Willow`s memory may be sent to Faymont Baptist Church, 3663 Cumberland Road, Fayetteville, NC 28306.

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL & CREMATION, James Island, 347 Folly Rd., Charleston, SC 29412, (843) 614-8494.

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