Ronnie Gene "Ron" Bailey, 67, of Ocean Isle Beach, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.
Born Feb. 9, 1946, in Whitman, West Va., he was a son of the late Acey White and Ruby Dale Gibson Bailey.
Quite the athlete, Ron lettered in high school varsity football in 1962, 1963 and 1964. He also lettered in high school track in 1964. For these accomplishments, he was inducted into the Man High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. He attended Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo., where he lettered in football in 1966, and led the team in scoring for touchdowns. His prowess on the field earned him an athletic scholarship to attend Central Missouri State University where he lettered in football in 1967, 1968 and 1969. He was also awarded the Ironman trophy by the university's athletic program in 1969 for being comeback player following major injury. He was also a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
After graduating from Central Missouri State University in 1969, Ron was an educator and coach in the Maryland public school system for 27 years. For most of his career, he taught physical education, United States history and functional math at several locations in the Washington metropolitan area for the Prince George's County Board of Education. Continuing his love of the game of football, Ron participated in the development of the offensive team strategies and players leading to two Maryland 4A Football state championships out of five trips to the finals. Not only did Ron teach students about sports, but he also taught the importance of fair play and using athletics to become a better human being. Notable former NFL stars to have played for Ron at the high school level include Bobby Green (Chicago Bears), Ron Edwards (St. Louis Rams) and Julian Peters (Seattle Seahawks). Additionally, many youths who attended his summer football camps went on to be standout players at the collegiate level. Ron also coached boys and girls basketball and track. He was named Offensive Coordinator of the Year by the Maryland State Football Coaches Association in 1992, and in 1996 received recognition for 21 years of outstanding service by the association.
During summer breaks, Ron managed one of the Prince George's County Parks and Recreation swimming pools and directed the water aquatics program for special needs children. When not at the pool, you could find Ron on the softball field pitching for several county AAA teams. He was awarded the PGCMSL Most Valuable Player trophy in 1979 for his conduct both on and off the field.
He retired from teaching, coaching, and athletic administration in 1998. In his retirement, Ron lived in Ocean Isle Beach with his wife, Joyce; an American Bulldog, Jack; and a black cat, Ben. He was an avid golfer and huge fan of high school football.
He is also survived by his siblings, Wannis (Macel) Bailey of Dale City, Va.; Arlene (Norman) Bailey of Stafford, Va.; Dennis (Fran) Bailey of Severn, Md.; and Ailene (Larry) Peters of Man, West Va.
Memorial services will be held in West Virginia at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
by visiting www.stjude.org
; Man High School Athletics, 800 East McDonald Ave., One Hillbilly Circle, Man, WV 25635; or any deserving
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Lee Funeral Home & Crematory, 11840 Highway 90, Little River, SC 29566, is in charge of the arrangements.