Clarence Bailey, Sr.
ALBANY - Funeral services for the late Mr. Clarence Bailey Sr., 84, of Albany, Georgia and formerly of Baker County departed this life Monday, December 2, 2013 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:00 P.M. from the Springfield Baptist Church, Springfield Church Road, Newton, Georgia with Pastor Henry Hogan, officiating. Interment will follow in the Springfield Baptist Church Cemetery. His remains will lie in state at the church Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until the funeral hour. Meadows Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.
Clarence “Rip” Bailey, Sr. was a man of family, integrity, and faith. He bequeathed to his children and grandchildren virtues of honesty, loyalty, and courage. Quick to help family and friends, his generosity shielded by a considerate manner, he often displayed a timely and humorous wit, capped by a sparkle in his eyes.
Born on April 30, 1929 in Baker County Georgia, he was the third child of Oliver Bailey, Sr. and Eva Collins Bailey. She died near Clarence’s fifth birthday, but thereafter he was blessed with his loving and devoted stepmother Annie Kate Galvin Bailey, and her gifts of more brothers and sisters.
Raised on a farm and educated in Baker County schools, Clarence learned then to value knowledge, education, and reading. He married the love of his life Wyolene Webb on Dec 17, 1949. They were an eternally committed couple throughout their marriage.
Clarence moved to Canton, Ohio in 1951 to pursue his future, where he joined other Collins family members and friends who had migrated north. He was employed by Republic Steel for 39 years, and periodically had numerous part time jobs to enhance his family’s opportunities. Still he made time to be an usher, Superintendent of Sunday School, and highly respected and valued member of Union Baptist Church. Years after rearing his family in Ohio, he finally returned to his native Georgia in 1996.
Always a farmer at heart, he tried to imbue the same love of the land in his children with his large gardens. He achieved greater success in showing them the merits of diligence, excellence, and initiative. He too was a passionate fisherman, jack of all trades around the home, and lover of crossword puzzles.
God called Clarence home on Monday, December 2, 2013. He was preceded in death by his sisters Eva Doris Bryant, Annette Mackey, Cora Lee Cobb, and Lucile Shelton, and brothers Oliver Bailey, Jr., Austin Bailey, and Lester Bailey.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 64 years, Wyolene Webb Bailey; four children, Jerry (Cheryl Gould-Bailey) Bailey of Miami, Florida; Bertha (Mac) Whatley of DeSoto, Texas; Twila (Ron) White of Decatur, Georgia; and Clarence Bailey, Jr. of Albany, Georgia; four grandchildren of whom he was most proud, Jelani (Alicia) Gould-Bailey of Jersey City, New Jersey; Tara White of Dallas, Texas; Aaron Whatley of Austin, Texas; and Camilah Gould-Bailey of Jersey City, New Jersey; five siblings, Lossie Howard of Orlando, Florida; Alice (Parks) Robinson of Pontiac Michigan; Bernice (James) Samuel of Pontiac, Michigan; William (Viola) Bailey of Albany, Georgia; and Katie Mae Thomas of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; his brothers in law AJ (Georgia Mae) Webb, Clay Mackey, and Carter Christian, all of Albany, Georgia; and sisters-in-law Anna Mae Bailey of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Jan Bailey of Canton, Ohio; and Trudy Webb Johnson of Albany, Georgia; nephew Wallace Culbreth of Albany, Georgia; spiritual daughter Deloris Milton of Atlanta, Georgia; plus other nieces, nephews, extended family, and church members.
Meadows Funeral Home