BAILEY, RAYMOND "WAYNE" - age 84, of Knoxville, TN, was called Home on October 7, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Mollie Bailey; sister, Lou; and brother, Don. He was born in the Little Sycamore Community in Claiborne County, Tennessee in 1929. He was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church and was baptized in Little Sycamore Creek. He was a graduate of Knoxville Business College. At age 20, he went to work for, and later managed, Tri-State Sawmill Supply, retiring after 45 years in 1994. Wayne was a loving and devoted husband to the one love of his life, "Rene". He was a loving and patient father to his children. He was also a wonderful "Papaw" to his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved being with his family. He loved to laugh and tell stories from his life, especially of his mischievous youth. He was as tough as nails and never gave up. Wayne was kind and generous and had a heart of gold. We will carry him with us in our hearts but he will be sorely missed. He leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Lorene Minton Bailey; brother, Larry Bailey; son, Stanley Bailey; daughter, Yvonne Bailey Jenkins; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Pam Bailey; son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Wendy Bailey; ten grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and very special sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Barbara and Jack Bryant; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2013 at Coffey Funeral Home. Funeral service 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Coffey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in the Bailey Cemetery. Minister: Rev. Paul Collingsworth, singers: Pleasant View Church Choir, pallbearers: P.J. Perry, Matthew Bailey, Randy Duncan, Jason Rush, Billy Venable, and Ryan Lovegrove. Coffey Funeral Home in charge.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Oct. 10, 2013