TUPELO - Alice Raper Bailey, 84, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, at the Green Houses at Traceway after an extended illness. A native of Lee County, she was born Aug. 01, 1922 to the late Sim and Katie Young Raper. She enjoyed growing flowers, especially roses. She was a dedicated pastor's wife and devoted to her family. She was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church where she was active until her health declined.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Wade Allen officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Young and husband, Russell, of Tupelo; one son, Howard Bailey and wife, Nita, of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Mitzi Boyd and Angie Roebuck and husband, Gary, all of Nashville, Kevin Bailey and wife, Cindy, of Saltillo and Rev. Chad Bailey and wife Rebecca, of Jackson; seven great-grandchildren, Jake Smith, Will Smith, D.J. McDonald, Candice Roebuck, Karson Bailey, Hannah Bailey and Samuel Bailey; two great-great-grandchildren, Caiden Smith and Addison Smith; one sister Dewdrop Clayton of Tupelo; many nieces and nephews; and her special caregivers at the Martin House.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Rev. A.V. Bailey; four sisters, Avinell Clayborne, Lavelle Vinson, Veatrice Young and Gladys Roper; and two brothers, J.E. Raper and Everett Raper.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Bailey, Rev. Chad Bailey, Jake Smith, Will Smith, D.J. McDonald and Larry Raper. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Clayton, Joe Clayton, Gary Roebuck and Bill Boyles.
Visitation will continue from 11 a.m. until service time today.