Thomas Bailey

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  • "Enjoyed conversing with him over the years. Great person...."
    - Robert Kearney
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HARLEM, Ga. - Thomas Joseph "T.J." Bailey, 68, husband of Betty A. Bailey, entered into eternal rest on July 28, 2015, at his residence after a valiant fight with cancer. A Gathering of Remembrance will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Starling-Evans Funeral Home with Polly Davis officiating. T.J. was born on August 5, 1946 in Sioux Falls, S.D. to Max D. Bailey and Annabelle Bailey. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1964 and joined the U.S. Navy in October of the same year. He served in the Navy for 22 years and retired in March, 1986. He served at numerous Pacific bases and on two ships, USS Orleck (DD-886) and USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16). After retiring from the Navy, he moved around with his Navy wife, eventually coming to Harlem, GA. T.J. worked in law enforcement at the Harlem Police Department as a dispatcher/jailor, Department of Corrections at the prison located in Sparta, GA and finally retiring from the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office as a supervisor in the McDuffie County jail. He couldn't stay retired but went to work as a substitute teacher and custodian in the Columbia County School System. Additional survivors include his daughter, Jennifer Bailey Long (Matt), Los Angeles, CA; stepdaughter Stacey Terrell Hood (Guerry), Houston, TX; stepson, James Terrell, Jr. (Kim), San Antonio, TX; seven grandchildren Brent Terrell, Hannah Terrell, Nicholas Terrell, Sabrena Long, Jacob Long, Cooper Terrell and Olive Elizabeth Hood; one sister, Rita Elrod, Wichita, KS; one brother-in-law, James R. Ezzell (Nancy), Jacksonville, FL; one nephew, Nathan Bailey and one niece, Ashleigh Randolph (Ben); numerous Alcoholics Anonymous friends, and one furry child, Molly. T.J.'s family would like to thank Eisenhower Army Medical Center for all the wonderful care they gave T.J. while he was in the hospital especially, the ER nurses and doctors, especially Aggie Sellers, the ICU nurses and Dr. Columbo, the Family Practice team, especially Dr. Hall, Dr. Lee and Dr. Burkett of the Pulmonary Clinic, and the 11W nurses, especially Lt. Swansiger. They would also like to thank the staff at Augusta Oncology and the caring and compassionate nurses at St. Joseph Hospice, especially Terri, Melissa and Anita, who made his final days comfortable and caring. T.J. will be cremated and buried at sea at a later date per Navy tradition. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the , 2607 Commons Blvd., Augusta, GA 30909 or the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Attn: Development 875 N. Randolph St. Ste 225, Arlington, VA 22203 Please visit to sign online guestbook. STARLING-EVANS FUNERAL HOME, 435 W. MILLEDGEVILLE RD. HARLEM, GA. 30814. 706-556-6524 USN (ret)

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Starling-Evans Funeral Home & Cremation Services
435 W Milledgeville Rd
Harlem, GA 30814
(706) 556-6524
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from July 30 to July 31, 2015
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