Leon Irving Bailey, Sr.
June 22, 1930 – August 30, 2019
Leon Irving Bailey, Sr., 89, formerly of Columbus, Georgia passed away August 30, 2019 at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin, Georgia. A graveside service to celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm in Parkhill Cemetery of Columbus, Georgia with Reverend Richard Summey officiating, according to Striffler-Hamby, Columbus.
Leon was born June 22, 1930 in Columbus, Georgia to the late Leroy Bailey and Lamerle Hornsby Bailey Byrd Rentz. He grew up in Columbus and attended Jordan Vocational High School “Class of ‘48” where he was a member of the Bob Barr Band. Leon faithfully served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was married to Faye Murphy Bailey for 64 years.
Together they raised three sons in the Columbus area until his job with AT&T (Southern Bell, Bell South) moved him to Griffin, Georgia. Before his move to Griffin while his sons were young, Leon was active with the North Columbus Babe Ruth League and for three years, he was past president. Leon enjoyed working in his yard and going on cruises with family. He loved animals especially “Clyde” his faithful canine companion. Leon will be greatly missed by all who knew and especially loved him.
He leaves his loving wife Faye Bailey; sons: Leon I. (Kathy) Bailey, Jr., William “Bill” (Teresa) Bailey, and Brian (Teresa) Bailey; his loving grandchildren: Mistie Bailey (Chris) Herring, Melissa Bailey, and Rachel (Roger) Mann; his loving great grandchildren: Katie Herring, Edward Chase Herring, Brittanie Marchman, and Kaegen Mann; his sister, Deborah (Richard) Summey to cherish his loving memory. Leon is preceded in death by other than his parents, his sister Jessie Byrd and brothers, Carl Byrd and Arthur Byrd.
- Leroy Bailey, Father (deceased)
- Lamerle Hornsby Bailey Byrd Rentz, Mother (deceased)
- Jessie Byrd, Sister (deceased)
- Carl Byrd, Brother (deceased)
- Arthur Byrd, Brother (deceased)
- Deborah Summey (Richard), Sister
- Faye Bailey, Wife of 64 Years
- Leon I. Bailey, Jr. (Kathy), Son
- William "Bill" Bailey (Teresa), Son
- Brian Bailey (Teresa), Son
- Mistie Bailey Herring (Chris), Grandchild
- Melissa Bailey, Grandchild
- Rachel Mann (Roger), Grandchild
- Katie Herring, Great Grandchild
- Edward Chase Herring, Great Grandchild
- Brittnie Marchman, Great Grandchild
- Keagen Mann, Great Grandchild
- Mr. Bailey leaves behind other relatives and friends to cherish his loving memory.
- Graveside Funeral Services Thursday, September 5, 2019
Leon Irving Bailey, Sr.
September 4, 2019
Faye you have always been such an influential person in my life. Leon was one of the funniest men I have ever known. Being able to know the two of you has been a blessing. I always loved how you would tell stories about the two of you and your marriage. I strive to keep my marriage as beautiful as yours was. Leon loved you dearly. You could always see it in his eyes and your love for him knew no bounds. Know you and your family are in our thoughts, heart and prayers.
Tammie, John and Aubrey
September 3, 2019
So many great memories of Leon and his wonderful family. Brian shared so much of what it was like growing up with Leon that I felt like I was there! Betty and I really enjoyed the cruise back in 2009 with the entire Bailey family and decided to share one of the pictures from that event of Faye and Leon. Leon was an awesome man, husband, father and American and will be greatly missed. Betty and I were truly blessed to have known him and our prayers will continue. May God bless you all.
Leslee Rowland Absher
September 2, 2019
Faye and family... May warm and precious memories carry you through this difficult time. With heartfelt condolences on your loss. ❤🙏