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Capt James Hinton Pou Bailey
Birth: Aug. 14, 1917
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 2004
Wake County
North Carolina, USA



b 14 Aug 1917 - d 20 Jan 2004

Captain James Hinton Pou Bailey was the son of Attorney, and U. S. Senator, N.C., Josiah William Bailey, b. Warrenton, Va., and Edith Pou Bailey, b. Greenville Co., Va.

Father: Attorney, U.S. State Senator, N.C., Josiah William Bailey

Mother: Edith Pou Bailey


James Hinton Bailey, 86; Raleigh, N.C.

James Hinton Pou Bailey, 86, of Raleigh, died Tuesday after a number of years of declining health.

A memorial service was planned for 11 a.m. today at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh.

Born on Aug. 4, 1917, in Baltimore, Md, he was the eldest of five children born to the late Sen. Josiah W. Bailey and the late Edith Pou Bailey.

He was well known for his wit and wide range of knowledge on a variety of subjects, from Greek literature to celestial navigation. A lifelong resident of Raleigh, he attended Hugh Morson High School in Raleigh and Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Va., graduating in 1935. During the summers as a youth, he went to sea as a Merchant Marine and once served as third officer on the freighter SS Argentina, thus beginning a lifelong love of the sea and boating.

A 1939 graduate of the University of North Carolina with a bachelor?s degree, he received his juris doctorate from there in 1941. As an undergraduate, he served as president of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Upon graduation from law school, he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent, serving in various posts in the Midwest prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army to serve in World War II. After training as a field artillery officer, he went ashore in France on June 6, 1944, otherwise known as D-Day. He served with distinction throughout Europe before volunteering for a planned invasion of Japan, which was averted when the United States used atomic weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, thus ending the war in the Pacific. He was discharged honorably with the rank of captain.

In 1946, he returned to Raleigh and began a private law practice. He was elected a state senator for the 13th Senatorial District in 1950. He was re-elected in 1952 and served until 1954. While a member of the N.C. Senate, he served as chairman of the Committee on Interstate and Federal Relations and the Committee on the Judiciary. For many years, he was a member of the General Statutes Commission for the State of North Carolina. He also served as a member of the North Carolina Media/Administration of Justice Council, Criminal Justice and Privacy Committee and the Pattern Jury Instruction Committee. He and the Honorable George Bason (later chief judge of the Wake County District Court) formed the law firm, Bailey and Bason. Later, he formed the partnership Bailey and Ragsdale with George Ragsdale. He represented many corporate and professional clients throughout the southeast. Among the most notable and enjoyable of his clients were: the N.C. Bankers? Association, which he served as general counsel and lobbyist. It was there that he started a lifelong friendship with the future senator from North Carolina, Jesse Helms, who with Mr. Bailey and others, such as James K. Dorsett Jr., Robert C. Howison, Thomas Ellis, Tom Norris and William Sigmon, began an infamous Thursday night power club. The institution lasted for more than 30 years and was the fodder for many journalists, including CBS?s ?60 Minutes? as well as the News and Observer. The group of good friends was widely known for its politics, as well as its camaraderie.

On July 9, 1965, Gov. Dan K. Moore appointed Mr. Bailey resident Superior Court Judge for the 10th Judicial District of North Carolina. He was elected and re-elected to this position until his retirement in 1985. In 1973, he became the Senior Resident Judge for the 10th Judicial District and served in that capacity until he retired in 1985. In his opinion, this was the culmination of his legal career, for as he once put it, ?for the first time, I can now practice law in the truest sense of the word.? He made great sacrifices to serve as Superior Court Judge, giving up what had become a prospering law practice and traveling the length and breadth of North Carolina, which put him away from home for months at a time. He saw this as a service and duty to the people of the State of North Carolina and was always proud of his tenure. During his time on the bench, he tried many controversial criminal as well as complex civil cases, some of which have served as landmarks. He was very proud of his accomplishments in streamlining the North Carolina judicial system and reducing the backlog of cases that existed throughout the state. He introduced many innovations in managing the court dockets throughout the state and was often called upon by the administrator of the courts to go to a particularly backlogged district to clean up the docket.

Mr. Bailey was active in many civic and professional organizations, such as the American Red Cross, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Raleigh Junior Chamber of Commerce, Wake County Bar Association, N.C. Bar Association, serving as vice president in 1978, American Bar Association, 10th Judicial District Bar Association, serving as president in 1963, and the N.C. Conference of Superior Court Judges, serving as president in 1979.

In 1965, he joined the Raleigh Squadron of the U.S. Power Squadrons and began an affiliation that would take him through the ranks of the boating organization from squadron commander in 1965 to its highest national office of chief commander in 1980 and 1981. He was instrumental in the Power Squadron?s decision to move its national office to Raleigh. Until health prevented his active involvement, he continued to serve in many capacities for the organization, which includes 55,000 members through the United States.

Mr. Bailey married the former Fiquet Pate from Laurinburg on Aug. 1, 1945. She preceded him in death in 1968. On June 3, 1972, he married Ann Thomas Collins of Broadway. His wife of 31 years survives.

In addition, he is survived by four children, James H. Pou Bailey Jr. and wife Katherine of Atlantic Beach, Edwin Pate Bailey and wife Susan of Morehead City, Marty Thomas Collins and wife Dawn of Greensboro and Kennetha Collins Warren and husband Jeffrey of Raleigh; a sister, Elizabeth Bailey Primm of Atlanta, Ga.; seven grandchildren, James H. Pou Bailey III, Fiquet Pate Bailey, Kyle Austin Collins, Landon Kate Bailey Warren, Lindsay Addison Warren, Hillary Bailey Parrott and Courtenay Bailey Jackson; and one great-grandchild, Walker Alexander Jackson.


-Capt. James H Pou Bailey-

-Historic Oakwood Cemetery-
701 Oakwood Ave Raleigh, NC 27601


Thank you to D & D Fletcher for providing the markerstone photo for this memorial page. 
Family links: 
  Josiah William Bailey (1873 - 1946)
  Edith Walker Pou Bailey (1890 - 1966)
  Marie Fiquet Pate Bailey (1923 - 1968)
Oakwood Cemetery
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
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