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Tobias Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel

3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Dayton, OH

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Gary P. Bailey

2 octubre , 19334 octubre , 2019
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Gary P. Bailey, 86 of Beavercreek, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019. He was born October 2, 1933 in Keokee, VA the son of Louella and Wilburn Bailey. Gary served in the U.S. Army and was an avid hunter with a pride in his hunting dogs. He was a master carpenter and wood carver. His wood shop was a popular gathering space for his grandkids and the neighborhood. Gary loved family, and time together was important to him. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Jane and Irene; and brother, Cecil. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mabel Bailey; sister, Nila Faulkner; children, Paul (Tina) Bailey, Tracie (Neal) Koontz and Debbie Bailey; grandchildren, Jeremy, Justin, Lindsey, Chris and Taylor; and great-grandchildren, Hunter, Stella, Sophia and Alex. A special thanks to Miami Valley Hospital Neuro ICU staff for their exceptional care. Visitation will be Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 10 AM until 12 PM at Tobias Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd. Funeral service will follow at 12 noon at the funeral home. Burial at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared at www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.

Servicios

  • Visitation jueves, 10 octubre , 2019
  • Funeral Service jueves, 10 octubre , 2019
  • Burial jueves, 10 octubre , 2019

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Jeremy Bailey

9 octubre , 2019

To the man that taught me how to be a man way to early.

Thank you Papaw

Love,

Jeremy

Diance Reynolds

9 octubre , 2019

Mabel and family I am so sorry to hear of your loss you all have my deepest sympathy

Kim Van Winkle (Colvin)

7 octubre , 2019

Mr. B was the best neighbor to us growing up. He was a great gardener, wood carver and allowed me to drive him nuts almost every weekend spending the night with Tracey. He made us Barbie beds and forts to play in. A great man with a big heart. Thanks for being a great neighbor to our parents and us kids. Rest In Peace, love you. Kim Van Winkle.

Kathy Gates Anderson

7 octubre , 2019

Gary and I are cousins and my first thought of him when he passed was how much he loved family. We are quite a few years difference in age “l was the younger one” and he can over to our house on Baltimore St in OND all the time to visit us especially my mom his aunt Kate Gates. After he married Mable she came to . He liked to tell jokes to us little ones which half of them I didn’t get but l laughed anyway. One time he carved a wooden scenery for my mom and dad and we all just loved it. It was so long ago l can’t remember what it was but l looked at it all the time, my brother has it now hanging in his house - still in the family - l think he would like that. You will be missed by so many family and friends - - RIP Gary

Gail Garrett

6 octubre , 2019

I did not know Gary, but Mabel Ann and I are first cousins of the same age and have known each other all our lives. Since her marriage to Gary, I have never been around her that she wasn't talking about him. You could see the love she had for him shining in her eyes whenever he was mentioned. Gary had to be a good, good man to have someone as kind and caring as she is, in his life.

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Gary Bailey - My husband (Honey), Dad, Papaw, Brother, Uncle and Friend

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Gary and I at a wedding reception for us a couple of weeks after we were married in January 1972. All the kids and I had a good laugh at my hair. Wasn't Gary handsome!

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Mabel loves Gary. Forever!

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Gary with daughter Tracie.

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Gary with granddaughter Lindsey. Tracie's daughter.

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Gary Bailey - My husband (Honey), Dad, Papaw, Brother, Uncle and Friend

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Gary and I at a wedding reception for us a couple of weeks after we were married in January 1972. All the kids and I had a good laugh at my hair. Wasn't Gary handsome!

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Mabel loves Gary. Forever!

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Gary with daughter Tracie.

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Gary with granddaughter Lindsey. Tracie's daughter.

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Paul (son) and Tina's wedding. Tina, Paul, Gary and Mabel. 5-6-78

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Tracie and her dad at Paul & Tina's wedding. Love this picture.

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Gary visiting his cousin, Alfred Osborne, and family in Virginia. Ashley and Alisha his daughters wanted him to wear this hat.

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Trick candles kept relighting. I think we quit putting all the candles on after this birthday.

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Another favorite picture of our grandson Jeremy Bailey with his Pappaw. Jeremy is wearing a cedar heart that Gary had carved for him. Jeremy still has this heart today!

Biografía

Quiet, reserved and logical are trademark qualities that friends and family might use to describe Gary P. Bailey. Gary was an intuitive person. He was the type of person who could comfortably get lost in his thoughts, someone who had tremendous problem solving abilities. Always conscientious and focused on details, Gary was a person who loved to imagine the possibilities of life.

      Gary was born on October 2, 1933, at home in Keokee, Virginia. He was the son of Wilburn and Louella (Livingston) Bailey. He was raised in Keokee, Virginia till age 10 and Blackwater, VA until age 18. At an early age due to his father passing, Gary learned the skills of farming, fishing and hunting to assist in the survival of his mother and siblings. On his first hunting trip after his father's passing, being aware of the story of lions escaping from the circus, Gary eased through the dark woods only to run across large staring eyes. Sure it was the lions, he slowly raised his lantern to reveal a herd of cattle. Gary did not have to surround himself with people to be content. He was the type of person who enjoyed being alone rather than be part of a large crowd. He could be content for hours in some activity or be lost in his own imagination.

      Gary was adaptable and had good listening skills which he would use to his advantage when it came to family life. He grew up with 4. He had 1 younger brother, Cecil and three younger sisters, Nila, Jane and Irene. He rarely shied away from family discussions. He would debate with his siblings but if it turned into an argument, Gary would often turn it into an agreement. In general, the family got along well and shared many memorable experiences.

      In grade school, Gary gravitated toward others who shared similar interests and enjoyed academics more than physical activity. He was always curious about what made things work, and he would excel at the things that called more for "brain" power. Gary took part in baseball. He delighted in the projects that required planning, exploration and solution. Gary's memorable achievements included his artwork.

      Although Gary had a small group of friends, they were a close knit group and he enjoyed spending time with them. He liked to be able to engage them in discussions on the many topics he found interesting. Those who knew him well might describe Gary as a good listener who could bring out a type of understanding from those around him that even surprised them. He was passionate in his commitments and would never intentionally hurt anyone. While growing up, some of his best friends were his cousins George Livingston, George Elmer, and George Gates. Later in life, he became friends with Jerry Allen, Arnold Hamblen, Harvey Files, George Ford, and Jerry St Clair.

      Gary finally found connection and fulfillment when on January 5, 1972; he exchanged wedding vows with Mabel Ann Chadwell at the Montgomery County Court House of Dayton, Ohio. Mabel was influential in Gary's life and brought a dimension of emotion and feelings to a man who mostly lived in his intellect. Gary grew, blossomed and became more balanced because of their love and compassion.

      Gary was a hard worker and a good provider who loved his family even though he wasn’t very demonstrative. Gary was blessed with three children, one son, Paul and two daughters, Debbie and Tracie. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Jeremy, Justin, Lindsey, Chris and Taylor. Gary's sense of fun was often unleashed in his puns and witty, intelligent quips. It delighted him when the children and grandchildren would banter back and forth with him in this brainy exchange of mind contests. The children always knew how much Gary loved them.

      Finding the right type of job can be a challenge for anyone, but that was especially true for Gary P. Bailey. At eighteen years of age, Gary left the farm and headed for Dayton, OH. The first employment he found was at a cannery in Dayton. But soon after, Delco of General Motors came calling. He was there for 11 years, however, work was inconsistent. To provide additional income, Gary also owned and operated a pool hall for a time. While working at Delco, he also worked for his Uncle Marcel Livingston at a floor cleaning service. This lead to him owning his own floor cleaning company, Dunrite Janitorial, many years later. Gary also had another great skill, that of being a butcher. He worked for two different uncles, Jim Livingston and Frank Price at their neighborhood stores in the capacity of butcher. During this time he also worked on and off as a handyman for many family members. Eventually, he found carpenter work to be his passion. Fortunately, he had found a career path where he could use his natural intellect and his natural critical thinking skills. He remodeled many homes, built his own kitchen cabinets and various pieces of furniture. Gary also constructed a beautiful log home for George Ford near Caesar Creek. His family is proud to have many carvings, picture frames, cabinets and other treasures made by him. He truly was a master carpenter and woodcarver.

      Gary was an Army veteran. He entered service July 17, 1956 in Cincinnati, OH as a Pvt-1. He became a textile repairman and entered the USAR on July 16, 1958 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts with a rank of SP4 (T). He was than discharged Honorably from service on June 30, 1962. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of SP4 (T). He received several awards including a Good Conduct Medal. Gary was an asset to the military system. He had the ability to appreciate the logic necessary to succeed in a regimented life style.

      Hobbies were more than fun for Gary because he challenged himself to learn the theory behind the actual activity. Knowing how things worked was more incentive than just performing and completing the task. Gary had a knack for working on automobiles. He was known to have helped break down 3 engines, repair and put them back together. Gary could take a watch or pocket watch apart and repair them on his own accord. His favorite pursuits were hunting, fishing, woodcarving, cooking, gardening. At one time he also had a Koi fish pond that all enjoyed. An interest in breeding Guppies was another hobby he spent time on. And, oh my, did I mention his gardens. He would have tomato plants that were taller than he. His bean vines were gorgeous. Apple trees that were picture perfect! Hybrid-T Roses that would please anyone. There wasn't anything he couldn't grow if he wanted to.

      Gary found great pleasure by relaxing and watching boxing and animal programs on TV. He also enjoyed watching older blues singers on DVD. He was comfortable in his Lazy Boy kicked back. You could walk in and find him napping there frequently.

      Friends and acquaintances usually viewed Gary as the brains behind the operation and using this talent he was relied upon to help build and repair many things over the years. His own ability to adapt actually helped those around him to come up with creative approaches to a variety of situations. Gary worked hard once he became committed to a goal, and he was a strong contributor whenever it came to the planning process. He would step in and give advice or assistance when asked by family or friends. Throughout his later years, Gary was a member of the National Woodcarvers Association.

      Travel was not a priority for Gary but, something that he took great pleasure in doing when he was able to do so. Favorite vacations included visiting friends and family in Virginia and Tennessee. Going back home and seeing how things had changed. Visiting his brother Cecil and family and spending time on the lake.

      Gary especially enjoyed time with his pets. He could spend hours in private thought, and his faithful companions would just sit by his side or in his lap. One of Gary's favorites was Junior, a Plott Hound and Eddie, a Jack Russell Terrier. They were best friends for Junior - 5 years and Eddie - 11 years. His family was rounded out by his many dogs, koi fish pond and daughter's cats and rabbits.

      Gary was not one who planned for retirement. He enjoyed what he did and would never say he was "retired". His life was spent where he had lived for years raising his family in Beavercreek, OH. In his semi-retirement, he found new pleasure in his recliner, spending time with family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

      Gary P. Bailey passed away on October 4, 2019 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH. Gary had recently fought a brave battle against lung cancer, however, his cause of death was cardio pulmonary arrest. He is survived by his wfie Mabel, his children Paul and wife Tina, Debbie and Tracie and husband Neal; his grandchildren Jeremy, Justin, Lindsey, Chris and Taylor; his great grandchildren Hunter, Stella, Sophia and Alex; and his sister Nila. Services were held at Tobias Funeral Home Beavercreek. Gary was laid to rest in Dayton Memorial Park Cemetary in Dayton, OH.

       Those who knew and loved Gary will miss his quiet gentleness, his curiosity and his ability to often turn work situations into fun experiences. He leaves all those who knew him with many wonderful memories. He will be deeply missed and will always be apart of his family's memories and in their hearts!