Raymond Leo Bailey

August 31, 1928June 10, 2013

NEW IBERIA – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Mr. Raymond Bailey, 84, at 11:00 am Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Fr. Ed Degeyter will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Family Cemetery.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Evangeline Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm, with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 pm. The funeral home will reopen on Wednesday from 8:00 am until 10:30 am.

Raymond was born August 31, 1928 to Ivy and Josephine Lopez Bailey, and passed away peacefully on Monday, June 10, 2013 at his residence, with his family at his side.

Mr. Bailey served 20 years and retired from the Louisiana Army National Guard. Early in his life, he was a wholesale grocery salesman, but most will remember him for the many years he served as a member of the New Iberia Fire Department. He was also known as one of New Iberia’s best wall paper hangers, something he took great pride in.

Outside of his work, Raymond was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, where he worked with the catechism classes caring for the children, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3425. He leaves behind many fond memories that will forever be cherished by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Emma Lou LeBlanc Bailey of New Iberia; his children, Michael Wayne “Micky” Bailey and wife Jeannie of Lafayette, Karen Bailey Comeaux of New Iberia, and R. Scott Bailey and wife Dianne of Broussard; 8 grandchildren, Chad Bailey and wife Cherie, Bret Bailey and wife Serena, Leah Reaux and husband Chuck, Bryan Comeaux and wife Kelly, Dr. Blake Comeaux and wife Danielle, Nicholas Bailey and wife Kristi, Benjamin Bailey and Ethan Bailey; 13 great grandchildren, Tyler, Miia, Cameron, Emma, Owen, Ashley, Brandon, Jase, Carson, Caroline, Ella, Emmaline and Abigail; three great great grandchildren; and his sisters and brother, Marine Bonin and Judy Babineaux and husband C.J. all of New Iberia, and Clarence Bailey and wife Linnea of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivy and Josephine Lopez Bailey; 3 sisters, Inez Vincent, Agnes Langlinais and Joy Rita Sorrels; a brother, Wilton Bailey; his son-in-law, Rodney Comeaux; and a great grandson, Noah Alan Comeaux.

Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons, Bryan and Blake Comeaux, and Chad, Bret, Nicholas, Benjamin and Ethan Bailey.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Bailey’s name to Heart of Hospice, 201 W. Vermilion, Lafayette, LA 70501 or to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 108 St. Peter Street, New Iberia, LA 70560.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Mrs. Joyce Green, his caretaker, for her care and compassion shown while in her care.

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Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia (337) 364-1881 is in charge of arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 12, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, June 11, 2013
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, June 11, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Raymond Leo Bailey

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June 16, 2013

Dear Mrs. Bailey, Mickey, Karen, Scott and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Raymond was such a nice man and all of you will be remembered in my prayers. May the Lord comfort you.
Christine Romero Dumesnil

June 12, 2013

Hello, Emma Lou, Mickey, Karen, Scott, and Family,

My prayers and love are with you during this time of loss.

I have lots of loving memories of Uncle Raymond!!

God Bless You,

Gerald Vincent
Monument, Colorado

June 12, 2013

Ms Bailey, Mickey, Karen, and Sotty, my heart goes out to you and your entire family, for the passing of Mr Bailey. You are in my prayers and I'm hoping that you will remember all of the love and good times you all shared. He was a very special man and I have always thought well of your family. May the Lord be with all of you and lift you up as you grieve the loss of your loved one. God bless you all. Love Judy Viator Landry

Sherry Babineaux Romero

June 12, 2013

Emma Lou, Mickey, Karen, and Scotty, I am so sorry for your loss. Raymond was such a great man, and he will be missed. Please know that Raymond and you all are in my prayers at this time.

Margaret Greene

June 12, 2013

Scott, Dianne and Ethan, Prayers for all of you and your dear father as he takes his last journey to meet Our Father. Prayers for his soul. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace and strength. Love to all of you, Margaret, Randy & Randall

June 11, 2013

Mickey and family,
Truly sorry for the loss of your Father. I had not seen him in many years, but we used to have some great conversations back in the day. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Pat Baldridge

Karen Wiget

June 11, 2013

Your family is in our prayers during this difficult time. I'm so sorry for your loss. God bless you.
Brian, Karen, Anna & Kyle Wiget

Allison LeBlanc

June 11, 2013

Scott, Diane and Ethan,
I am so sorry for your loss. Know our prayers are with you and your family. Please let me know if their is anything we can do?
Allison, Blair, Jean-Paul, Caleb & Lucas LeBlanc

From the Staff of Evangeline Funeral Home

June 11, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.