|Birth: ||Jul. 24, 1916|
|Death: ||Oct. 2, 2002|
Frank T. Bailey
CLYDE -- Frank T. Bailey passed away October 2, 2002, at the age of 86. Services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverends Riley Fugitt and Doug Mills officiating. Burial will be in the Clyde Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.
The son of the late Dr. John H. and Cordie Bailey, Frank was born on July 24, 1916, in Clyde, Texas. He graduated from Clyde High School, attended McMurry College and graduated from Dallas School of Mortuary Science in 1938. He did post-graduate work at Landig College of Mortuary Science in Houston, Texas, before working at Kiker- Knight Funeral Home for three years.
Frank served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater from 27 February 41 - 10 July 45, including tours to New Guinea and Australia. He was a Staff Sergeant with three bronze stars, the American Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal at the time of his honorable discharge. Returning from overseas, he worked for Kiker-Warren Funeral Home for two years before returning to Clyde. Frank purchased what is now known as Bailey Funeral Home from L.F. Patterson in 1947 and married Billie Foster during the same year. Billie showed her support for Frank's career by agreeing to live in an apartment in the back of the funeral home the first two years of their marriage. She was his constant helpmate at the business for 43 years. Frank and his son Tom sold the funeral home to John and JoAnn Hamil Family in June of 1990.
Frank has served his community in many areas. He was a member of the Clyde School Board for twenty-one years, the longest tenure ever for the school board. He was a member of the Clyde City Council for two terms, and was the only charter member of the Clyde Lions Club still to attended the club regularly until July of 2002. He became a member of the First United Methodist Church at the age of eight when he and his older brother, Joe Bailey, joined the church together. Frank remained a faithful member of the Clyde Masonic Lodge #1056 where he received his sixty-year pin in 2001. The Texas Funeral Directors Association honored Bailey for fifty years of dedication as a licensed professional in funeral service in June of 1988. Frank was a charter member of the Clyde Chamber of Commerce and they honored him with Frank Bailey Day on June 17, 1987, in appreciation for forty years of faithful service to Clyde.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Agnes Kennard and Sue Barton and brothers, Dr. Van Bailey, John T. Bailey and Dr. Joe Bailey.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Bailey of the home; son, Tom and wife, Shelley of Clyde; daughter, Ginger and husband, Jimmy Hunter of Abilene. One sister, Alice Harris of El Paso; sister-in-law, Mrs. John (Ellen) Bailey of Clyde and sister-in-law, Mrs. Joe (Margaret) Bailey of Austin. Grandsons include Weldon Bailey of Houston, Jake Bailey of West Point, NY, David Bailey of Abilene and Scott Hunter of Lubbock; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Frank's greatest joys were his four grandsons and the times shared with each one. Whether they were playing a lively game of 42 or listening to war stories, the grandsons loved their granddad and the lifelong lessons they learned from him.
He has always been rich in friends because he was more than willing to go the extra mile for anyone who needed him. He treated everyone he met with respect, heart-felt interest and patience. From the time he accompanied his father on house calls throughout his years of owning his own funeral home, he dedicated his life to serving others.
Pallbearers will be Jim Berry, Eddie Craig, Murray Edwards, Word Estes, Steve Kniffen, Fred McIntosh, Jim Paylor and Dr. Bill Walton.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 217 Oak Street, Clyde, Texas 79510. Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Billie Ruth Foster Bailey (1925 - 2011)*
Created by: Shawn The Grave Hunter
Record added: Sep 08, 2007
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