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A celebration of the life of Bill Henry Bailey, age 86, of Jacksonville, will be held at 10 o'clock in the morning Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville. Rev. Doug Wintermute, Rev. Matt Idom and Rev. Cliff Taylor will officiate. Family will welcome visitation immediately following the service at the church. Mr. Bailey will then be laid to rest at Still Waters Memorial Gardens, Jacksonville, with services under the direction of Autry Funeral Home.
Mr. Bailey passed away Friday, September 30, 2016, in Tyler.
Bill was born June 19, 1930, in College Mound, Texas, to Bill Henry and Elizabeth (Martin) Bailey. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Patti Ruth Bailey and Katherine (Kathy) Parsley. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 63 years, Jacquelyn (Jacque) Bailey: daughters Jill Swink and husband Mack, Jan Lewis and husband Tim, Becky Hesterley and husband Bruce, all of Jacksonville, and Beth Bailey Alexander of Santa Fe, New Mexico: brother Paul Bailey and wife Thelma of Sulphur Springs: ten grandchildren; Arron, Preston and Andrew Swink, Barrett Lewis and wife Micaela, Carson Lewis and wife Amanda, Ryan, Will and Landon Dyess, Rheagan Glover and husband Adam, Devyn Canady and husband Terrance: five great-grandchildren; Jaxson and Cooper Lewis, Rheece and Merritt Glover and Bailey Canady: brothers-in-law Dwight Parsley, James Hawkins and wife Karman,: sisters-in-law Judy Judd and husband Gary, LuNel LeMieux and several nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons.
A Jacksonville resident since 1953, Bill took great pride in his dedication to his church, his family, his community and his extensive business ventures. As a member of the First United Methodist Church, Bill served the church in numerous ways including being an active member on various church boards and always had a special affinity for the support of the church youth programs. Some of his community involvement included serving as president and board member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and Junior Chamber of Commerce, board member for the Jacksonville Industrial Foundation and president and board member of the Cherokee Country Club. He served as a director of several banks, including First National Bank of Jacksonville and Lone Oak State Bank of Lone Oak, Texas, and was a member of the Travis Clinic Foundation Board of Trustees. Bill also served as president of the Texas Oil Marketers Association, president and active member of the Texas Historical Foundation, director of the American Public Communications Council, and member of the legislative committee of the National Oil Jobbers Council. Bill was also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, serving his country during the Korean War.
In the true spirit of an entrepreneur, Bill founded numerous companies throughout his career. Various areas of business included oil marketing, convenience stores, ice plants, tower manufacturing, pay telephones, ATMs, construction, real estate development and restoration of historical properties. Primary businesses founded by Bill were Bush and Bailey Oil Company and Cherokee Communications.
He was privileged to share his business knowledge as a guest lecturer at both Cornell and Baylor universities on numerous occasions. Although Bill took great pride in his various business ventures, he considered his greatest success to be the love and dedication of his family. He has left a living legacy that will cherish and honor his memory.
If desired, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville, or a charity of your choice.
Published on October 3, 2016
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