Leslie Dodge "Tim" Bailey
Leslie Dodge “Tim” Bailey, 91, New London, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Calvary Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant. The Rev. Mike Hess will officiate. Military Rites will be presented by the Henry County Honor Guard. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. A memorial has been established to Sunrise Terrace Care Center in Winfield.
Elliott Chapel, New London is assisting with arrangements.
He was born Feb. 11, 1922, in Danville, and was the son of Robert Kent and Flora Marie Kelly Bailey. On May 9, 1944, he married Shirley LaRue Williams. He was a 1939 graduate of Danville High School.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Glider Pilot during World War II and was a Second Lieutenant with the Air Commandos Group in the China-Burma-India Theater from 1944-1946. He was active in the National Glider Pilot program and was a Wing Commander for many years. He attended the yearly National Reunions often.
After the war, he farmed west of Danville and also worked at the Burlington Railroad Shops. He then purchased the C. L. Jennings Well Drilling and Pump Service which became the Bailey Pump and Well Service, retiring in 1981. He enjoyed building furniture for his family and friends.
He was a member of Harmony Bible Church for over 50 years, serving on the church board and teaching Sunday school for many years. He later became a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant. He taught Maple Leaf Bible Class for several years.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Randel Bailey of Kansas City, Mo., Kevin (Gail) Bailey of New London, and Ridge (Ghada) Bailey of Jakarta, Indonesia; two daughters, Susan (Timothy) Rinn of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Dinah Star Bailey of Sunrise Terrace Care Center, Winfield; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Reade; two sisters, Frances Roberts and Lois Sullivan.