CAMILLA -- William E. "Bill" Bailey, 70, devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather, of West Columbia, S.C., passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2011. Born in Lafayette, GA, he was the son of the late Elmer Summerfield Bailey and Mary Dorothy Rivers Bailey. A visitation for family and friends was held on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Thompson Funeral Home in Lexington, S.C.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 16, 2012 at Oakview Cemetery in Camilla with Rev. Lynn Roberts officiating.
Mr. Bailey graduated from Camilla High School, Camilla, GA, and he graduated Summa Cum Laude from GA State College with a Bachelor's Degree in Actuarial Science. He retired after more than 30 years as owner of WB Actuarial Services and Dataplex Corporation in West Columbia, S.C. He was a member of the Southeastern Conference of Actuaries, The American Academy of Actuaries, and The Conference of Consulting Actuaries. He served on the Central Midlands Regional Planning Council in Columbia, S.C., and also served on several community organizations and held many local school PTA and Band Booster Club positions when his children were students.
Mr. Bailey was accomplished at guitar and piano and loved music of all kinds, and he passed that love of making and enjoying music on to his children. His favorite hobby was woodworking and he enjoyed gardening and watching the South Carolina Gamecocks football and baseball games. He was a doting and active father and grandfather who enjoyed crafting things for his children and grandchildren. He courageously and valiantly dealt with Parkinson's disease for the past 11 years.
Survivors include his loving spouse of 47 years, Joyce Weddle Bailey of West Columbia, S.C.; a son, Christopher Summerfield Bailey of West Columbia, S.C.; a daughter, Kerry Bailey Everett of West Columbia, S.C.; five grandchildren, Christopher Summerfield "CJ" Bailey, Jr., Meredith Madeline Sharwood Bailey, Matthew William Bailey, Ella Lee Everett, and Jesse Rivers Everett; his beloved sister, Betty Bailey Jones of Camilla, GA; two nephews, Tony Jones and Mark Jones, and their families, all of Camilla, GA.
Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home