Eulene "Rusty" (Ellis) Bailey

December 9, 1926May 8, 2018

Eulene “Rusty” Ellis Dwinell Bailey, age 91, passed away in her residence at Savannah Commons, Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Rusty was born in Bulloch County December 9, 1926 to the late Joseph and Julia Chester Ellis and attended local schools. She was a member of Statesboro First Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Care Sunday school class, served on the International Gideon Auxiliary Cabinet for 8 years, and was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She retired after many years of service from Georgia Southern University, where she was an administrative assistant.

Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her first husband, George Dwinell; daughters, Vicki Dwinell and Crysta Lavendar; and sisters, Inez Rigdon, Geraldine Sauls, Katie Kersey, Audrey Gladin, Sally Struthers, Iverna Hathcock and Dalvie Joiner .

She is survived by her husband, C. Ford Bailey of Savannah; step-daughter, Laura Bailey Lower of New Zealand; step-son, Andrew Bailey of Atlanta; granddaughters, Jennifer Carrillo of Miami, FL and Anna Lower of New Zealand; grandson, Daniel Lower of New Zealand; great-grandsons, Casey Pfleger of Chesapeake, VA and Lucas Carrillo of Miami, FL; great-granddaughter, Catelyn Pfleger of Miami, FL; several nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends will be held 12:00 to 2:00 PM Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Hodges-Moore Funeral Home, immediately followed by the funeral service in the funeral home chapel with Dr. John Waters officiating.

Burial will follow in Bulloch Memorial Gardens.

Please visit our online memorial at to sign the guest book and share fond memories with the Bailey family.

In lieu of customary remembrances, donations may be directed to Gideon Memorial Bible Fund, P. O. Box 994, Statesboro, Georgia 30459 or First Baptist Church of Statesboro, 108 North Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia 30458.

Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.


  • C. Ford Bailey, Husband
  • Laura Bailey Lower, Stepdaughter
  • Andrew Bailey, Stepson
  • Jennifer Carrillo, Granddaughter
  • Anna Lower, Granddaughter
  • Daniel Lower, Grandson
  • Casey Pfleger, Great Grandchild
  • Lucas Carrillo, Great Grandchild
  • Catelyn Pfleger, Great Grandchild
  • George Dwinell, First Husband
  • Vicki Dwinell, Daughter
  • Crysta Lavendar, Daughter
  • Inez Rigdon, Sister
  • Geraldine Sauls, Sister
  • Katie Kersey, Sister
  • Audrey Gladin, Sister
  • Sally Struthers, Sister
  • Iverna Hathcock, Sister
  • Dalvie Joiner, Sister

  • Gideon Memorial Bible Fund
  • First Baptist Church of Statesboro


  • A Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, May 12, 2018

Eulene "Rusty" (Ellis) Bailey

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Ramona Costlow

May 12, 2018

Praying for the family. A sweet lady, beautiful voice, most likely already joined the Choir of Angels, seated at the feet of Jesus. Thanks for the memories of family and friends when God calls His children home. Ramona Miller Costlow

Jerry Olliff

May 11, 2018

Aunt Eulene (Rusty) is in my memory from my earliest childhood. She and Uncle George Dwinell helped my family too many times to count. More recently, Uncle Ford Bailey has come into our life and we have grown to love him too. They all have been so welcoming when we came to visit. I pray that God will comfort Uncle Ford in this time of sorrow.
Rusty, being the youngest and last of the eight Ellis sisters, has always been the center of family gatherings. The entire family just seemed to gravitate to "Rusty's". She will be so greatly missed.
Eternally rest in Gods peace, Sweet Lady.
Nephew Jerry Lewis Olliff ("Jar Loose" to Rusty)