|Birth: ||Oct. 29, 1932|
|Death: ||Apr. 12, 2007|
George Newton Bailey Jr.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
George Newton Bailey Jr., 74, of Possum Kingdom Lake died Thursday, April 12, 2007, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in Morrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Tull of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Veale Creek Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.
Mr. Bailey was born Oct. 29, 1932, in Breckenridge to the late George Newton and Nancy Rachael (Granny) Bailey.
He served his country honorably as a member of the United States Marine Corps, rising from the enlisted ranks to retire as a Lt. Colonel after 20 years of service. He served two tours in Vietnam, the first as a helicopter pilot and the second as an F-4 Phantom fighter pilot. For his bravery during this time, he was awarded, among many other awards and medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star. However, when asked by his children what was his most proud accomplishment during his military career, he responded "I led my men home safely."
After retiring from the military in Hawaii in 1973, he became a commercial pilot for Royal Hawaiian Airlines. In 1979, he returned to his home at Possum Kingdom Lake to run the family business, Bailey's Camp, until the end of 2004.
Mr. Bailey was a founding member and president of the Board of Directors of Possum Kingdom Water Supply Corporation from 1992-2004. In honor of his leadership and service, the plant is named the George N. Bailey Jr. Water Treatment Plant.
We love him dearly and will miss him. He will remain forever in our hearts.
Mr. Bailey is survived by his five children, Laura Sequeira and husband David of Puyallup Wash., Joan Wilson and husband James of North Richland Hills, Mary Kramer and husband Layne of Graham, George N. Bailey III of Hillsboro, Ore., Robert Bailey and Sherie of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Johnny Gilmore (who was like a son to him) of Possum Kingdom Lake; brother, Jowell Bailey of Possum Kingdom Lake; 11 loving grandchildren, Leslie, Todd, Jenny, Blake, Dustin, Chris, Steven, Craig, Philip, Kaitlin and Wyatt; two great grandchildren, Kylie and Clover; niece, Karen; and nephew, Mark.
Memorials may be made to Graham Regional Hospice, 523 Elm St., Graham, Texas 76450 in gratitude for their services or Possum Kingdom Westside Volunteer Fire/EMS Services, HC 74 Box 417, Graham, Texas 76450, for which he had been a volunteer firefighter.
Rachael Nancy Jones Bailey (1899 - 1997)
George Newton Bailey (1932 - 2007)
Jowell Sloan Bailey (1937 - 2010)*
Veal Creek Cemetery
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Apr 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18924150