Augustus Bailey Small Jr.

February 26, 1943December 8, 2020

Augustus Bailey Small, Jr., 77, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. A graveside service will be held on January 16th, 2021 at 3:00 PM in Riverside Cemetery with Rev. Paul Dziadul officiating and will be Facebook Live Streamed on the funeral home page. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bailey’s memory to the LSU Athletic Foundation for Mike the Tiger’s habitat at Bailey was born in Baton Rouge, LA to the late Augustus “B” and Martha Small and was preceded in death by his sister Ann Lasch. He was a loyal and loving son, husband and father, and grandfather. Bailey proudly served our country as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, also serving in the Philippines and Japan. He took pride in relationships made as a mortgage banker for 34 years with Fickling & Walker, SunTrust and Fairfield Financial. He was an avid outdoorsmen spending much of his time fishing, hunting and golfing. One of his favorite past-times of late was watching Jeopardy with his two grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lydia K. Small; daughters, Stacie (Scott) Perkins, and Shannon (Jon) Spiegel; grandchildren, Tyler and Ryann Perkins; sister, Betty (Hunter) Grant; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visit to express condolences.


  • He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lydia K. Small; daughters, Stacie (Scott) Perkins, and Shannon (Jon) Spiegel; grandchildren, Tyler and Ryann Perkins; sister, Betty (Hunter) Grant; and numerous nieces and nephews.


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021


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James Ewen

January 17, 2021

Bailey and I were room mates our sophomore and junior year (62-63) and had great times with Roger Meeden, Chuck Roberts and myself. In particular one beautiful fall day the four of use decided to float down the Tygart Valley River for over a mile fully clothed. Several times Bailey and I walked to the Phillipi land fill and spent the afternoon shooting rats. When Bailey decided to leave AB midway through junior year and joined the Navy we lost touch with each other. I tried unsuccessfully to locate him in Macon while driving to Jekyll Island. I learned that he had returned to AB and finished his degree and was proud of what he had accomplished. He was a unique individual and will be missed.

Dick Mercer

January 16, 2021

Very sad to learn of Bailey’s passing.. What a great guy! I met Bailey for the first time on the golf course at Barbour Country Club while playing with a Delphic friend Jerry Ware who introduced me to Bailey.. Bailey had been good friends with Jerry at AB before enlisting in the Navy and had re-connected on returning to AB. After that meeting, Bailey and I played many rounds together, in fact, we were on the AB golf team for two years.... Lots of great memories and funny moments to remember. Bailey will be greatly missed by family and friends..... Take care old friend!!!

Joyce Meeden

January 16, 2021

Dear Lydia,
Alderson-Broaddus may have been the catalyst of our meeting, but after realizing that Bailey and I shared the same birthday and year, it was a given that our friendship was good for life.
When I heard of Bailey's death, a flood of memories filled my heart. He and Roger were best friends. Bailey always referred to Roger as "Greek" and I don't think the origin of that had anything to do with the fact that they were Delphic brothers. I can still see Small "as Roger referred to him" seated in the student union carefully pouring a small bag of peanuts into his coke, "his breakfast of champions". Roger and I attended your wedding in Pittsburgh in 1968 and we enjoyed multiple visits and vacations through the years.
When Roger died in 1999, the two of you showed up on my doorstep, an unimaginable act of kindness. The two of you stayed with me for a week, it meant the world to me.
Bailey was a rare and wonderful gift to many and he will live in our hearts forever. Love you lots,
Joyce Meeden

Walt Hart

January 15, 2021

When Bailey returned to AB from the Navy in '65, I was a Sophmore and his roommate. We became immediate friends and discovered to also be Delphics. After two years of serious fun and some studying, he agreed to be Best Man at Diane's and my wedding in 1967. We had an apartment downtown an often enjoyed his visiting. We both loved Johnny Rivers who also happened to be from Baton Rouge. After graduation we didn't meet much, but he called every New Years Eve for 25 years. Diane and I have never met the likes of him again. We offer our sincerest sympathy to you, Lydia, and your family.

Diane and Greg Towner

January 14, 2021

We have fond memories of Bailey (and Lydia) from college. Their love for each other was so obvious then. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Diane and Greg Towner

Anita Sandefur

January 3, 2021

Lydia, I am so sorry we have lost such a special friend, a wonderful neighbor and a great ‘football talking cohort’ . I loved talking with Bailey about our Tigers - his LSU, mine Auburn, and our children. He always asked about my boys because he cared. I will definitely miss Bailey, as he will also be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Stacy, Shannon and the family.

Marjorie White

January 2, 2021

Ms. Lydia, My sincere condolences to you and your

Catherine and Tyler Wood

January 1, 2021

Dear Small Family,

I met Bailey when I first joined the Brickyard. We played several rounds together and enjoyed seeing him at the driving range. He was an excellent teacher and great guy. He will be missed.

Bucky Craft

December 27, 2020

Rest Well, Bailey

Bucky Craft

Gary Elder

December 13, 2020

I will miss my friend and fishing, hunting, golf and tennis buddy of almost 40 years. Heart felt condolences to you, Staci and Shannon.