MOUNT HOLLY - Howard Eugene Bailey, 80, went to be with Jesus on Dec. 27, 2012, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Robeson County, N.C., son of the late John McQueen and Florence Bailey.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Robert M. Therrien and Harry Wolfe.
He served in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne, and was retired from General Electric in Charlotte.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Betty Guyton Bailey, his children, Cheryl Peed and husband Mike of Lake Wylie, S.C., Stuart Bailey and wife An-nie of Stanley, Karen King and husband Ronnie of Stanley, Crystal Bailey of Lincolnton; two sisters, Marie Rich of Jackson, Ga., Virginia Holloway and husband Frank of Morrow, Ga.; 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Richard King will be held 2 p.m. Monday in the Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn
Funeral Home in Mount Holly.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Interment will follow in Hillcrest Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the
, 4701Hedgemore Dr., suite 810, Charlotte, NC 28209.