OBITUARY

Johnny Lewis Bailey

June 15, 1924February 10, 2021
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A private celebration of life for Johnny Lewis Bailey, age 96 of Killeen will be at 11am on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, with a burial following at 1pm at the Killeen City Cemetery. Mr. Bailey died February 10, 2021 at his son, Robert’s home in Killeen. He was born June 15, 1924 in Spunky Flat, Falls County, Texas to Robert Herschel Bailey and Mary “Mamie” Elizabeth (Williams) Bailey. He lived his childhood in Falls and McLennan County. He graduated from Rosenthal High School in 1942. He was drafted March 9, 1943 by the U.S. Army during World War II. He was inducted at Camp Walters, Mineral Wells, Texas. His basic training was at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas. He was stationed at Camp Hood, Killeen, Texas in June 1943. He attended the school for bakers and cooks at Fort Sam Houston, Texas from December 1943 to February 1944. He was stationed at Camp Carson, Colorado in 1944 to test new equipment, boots, field rations and C rations. In 1944, he was stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina before going overseas. From March 7, 1945 to September 7,1945, he served with the European Theater Operations in France, Germany, and Austria with the 3rd Army under General George Patton. After World War II he was stationed at Camp Bowie at Brownwood, Texas in October 1945. He was stationed at Camp Hood, Killeen, Texas in Jan. 1946. He was discharged from the U.S. Army on June 22, 1947 at Camp Hood, Texas. He reenlisted June 15, 1948 and was stationed at Camp Hood, Texas. From May 1952 until June 1953, he was stationed at Korea. In July 1953, he was stationed at Camp San Luis, Obispo, California. He was stationed at Camp Gordon, Georgia in November 1953. He was discharged from the U.S. Army on July 7, 1954 as a Master Sergeant. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves from August 30, 1954 to June 26, 1957. The awards and decorations he earned during his active-duty military service include the good conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, European Theater Medal with two bronze stars, Combat Infantryman Badge twice, Korean Service Medal, Commendation Ribbon with Medal with Medal Pendant, Battle Campaign for Rhineland, and Battle Campaign for Central Europe. While serving in the U.S. Army at Camp Bowie, Texas he met Delphia LaVerne Walton his future wife. They were married on November 8, 1947 in Waco, Texas. Their marriage lasted for 56 years until her tragic death from the result of a car accident. After his military career, he worked for Powell Supply a Goodyear dealership in Belton, Texas. Later he worked for Shine Brothers Goodyear in Killeen and became a partner in the business. After retiring from Shine Brothers Goodyear, he worked for Cecil Atkission Motors in Burnet, Texas as a driver. He drove all over Texas picking up and delivering cars for the dealership. He was an avid sports fan, especially football. He followed the Killeen Kangaroos, attending the football and basketball games even after moving to Burnet. He was loyal to the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers. He was an accomplished baker and treated the family to his handmade delightfully delicious pies and cakes. He was a skilled domino player and occasionally he would let us win. He accepted Christ as his savior as a young man. He followed up with baptism at First Baptist Church in Belton, Texas, He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bertram, Texas. The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Wanda Adams and her son, Jerry Winnett, and his wife, Sherri for their care, company, and love for Johnny after the loss of his wife. The family would also like to thank the Heart of Texas Hospice team for their care of Johnny during his last days. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delphia LaVerne Bailey, his parents Roberts Herschel Bailey and Mary “Mamie” Elizabeth (Williams) Bailey, his sisters Mary Eunice Whitt, Venia Jo “Bob” Easterwood, and his brothers Charles Vinson Bailey, Woodrow Wilson Bailey, and Robert Lee “Bittie” Bailey. Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn “Sissy” Johnson of Beaumont, Texas, his son Robert Bailey and his wife, Linda of Killeen, his daughter, Jean O’Connor and her husband, Mark of Rockwall, Texas and his son, Lynn Bailey of Killeen, grandchildren Ricky Holcomb, Stacy Hector, Paula Holcomb, Christy Waddell, Jason Holcomb, Angie Dickerson, Teresa Washington, Brittany Washington, Melissa Millwee, Melinda Rosploch and Kaitlynn Bailey, 14 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. The family requests that memorials be made to the LifeWay Fellowship Church building fund at 4001 E. Elms Road in Killeen, Texas 76542. The celebration of life service will be on livestream on Facebook at facebook.com/crawfordbowerskilleen

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

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Lisa Bishop

February 27, 2021

Sorry for your pain.
Lisa Bishop

Judy Tyler

February 17, 2021

Robert and Linda. My prayers are with you during this very difficult time. I know you have so many wonderful memories that you will be able to remember when you're missing your Dad the most. It was wonderful that you were able to have him in your home during his last days. The time you spent with him with forever be precious. May God give you comfort in knowing that he is now enjoying the reward given to him by our Heavenly Father and that he has been reunited with your Mother and all his family and friends that went before him. God Bless you and may He give you comfort in the days ahead. All my Love, Judy

Wanda Adams

February 14, 2021

My prayers are with all the family at this sad time. I have lost my best friend but I know he has found treasure in heaven. I am thankful for all the fond memories and it is an inspiration to witness the wonderful loving care his family provided for him.
Wanda Adams

Jerry and Sherri Winnett

February 13, 2021

We are praying for all the family at this sad time. We so love Johnny and were so blessed to have so many wonderful memories of getting to spend so much time with him. He lead a wonderful life that helps us all be better Christians.

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Johnny as a child in elementary school

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Johnny at Downsville School

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Johnny and his bike. His mother bought him the bike by selling eggs.

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Johnny and one of his many cars

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Johnny looking dashing and dapper

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Johnny as a child in elementary school

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Johnny at Downsville School

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Johnny and his bike. His mother bought him the bike by selling eggs.

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Johnny and one of his many cars

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Johnny looking dashing and dapper

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Johnny in his US Army uniform

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Johnny and another car

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Johnny working on a car

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Johnny and LaVerne's wedding picture November 8, 1947