|Birth: ||Sep. 11, 1945|
|Death: ||Sep. 3, 2007|
Veteran Republican campaigner Charles (Charlie) Eugene Bailey, of Marietta, Georgia, passed away Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2007 following neurological complications from several strokes and ultimate heart failure at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 61.
Bailey was born Sept. 11, 1945 and raised in Crossville, TN.
"My father taught me many lessons during my life that I will never forget," said Kevin Bailey, his youngest son. "He taught me to always be a gentleman and be there for people in their time of need.
"He taught us to work hard and treat people fairly.
"The people of Georgia have lost a great political leader because even when he lost his campaign he was always there to help others."
Bailey was a lifelong Republican and one of the founding members of the modern Republican Party in Georgia. He played a role in the election of many Republican candidates and himself mounted four separate campaigns for Secretary of State. In 2002, he won the Republican primary for Secretary of State and carried the party's banner in the general election.
"Charlie was passionate about public service," said Senator David Shafer, whose friendship with Bailey began in 1996 when they both ran for Secretary of State. "He was a tireless campaigner. He cared about people and loved politics. He was an honest and decent man, and he will be missed."
Bailey's longtime friend, Jay Rogers, said, "Charlie Bailey was a very loyal, passionate, and true friend who enjoyed Tennessee and Falcons football and was fun to be with; I have lost a dear friend."
He was survived by his three children, two step-children, and their families; first born son Charles E. Bailey, Jr., daughter Anne M. (Bailey) Mattis and Ben Mattis, her children Michael and Courtney Mattis (and his great-grandchild Cassie Mattis), and Charlie's second son, Kevin M. Bailey and his fiancée Annie Harris.
Bailey was active in church and community. He served as Georgia President of Pop Warner Football and Lieutenant Governor of Optimist International. He was active in the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and his children's school activities, including band, sports and Scouts. He was a member of Roswell United Methodist Church, North Georgia Emmaus Community, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, and Promise Keepers.
Memorial service: Roswell United Methodist Church, Roswell, GA 30075 (http://www.rumc.com).
McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory in Cumming assisted with arrangements.
Created by: Twist
Record added: Jul 28, 2008
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