PANAMA CITY, FL – John Franklin Bailey, 77, of Panama City, Florida, formerly of Wheelersburg, Ohio, left his earthly home and stepped into Heaven on February 11, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Candace (Candi) Williams Bailey; three children, Teresa (Rick) Schweinsberg, Gary (Danette) Bailey, and Melinda (Stan) Blount; seven grandchildren, Micah (Jackie) Schweinsberg, Jonathon "Kirby" Bailey, Kylie (Kyle) Trewhella, Rick (Crystal) Whitely, Joshua (Angela) Whitely, Brooks Blount, and Bre Blount; six great-grandchildren, Jordan Whitely, Malachi Whitely, Notoria Whitely, Christian Trewhella, Kennedy Trewhella, and Alyanne Blount. He is also survived by three siblings, Margaret Endicott, Jim (Nancy) Bailey, and Sara (Mike) Musgrove. His father, Frank Bailey, mother, Eileen Culver Bailey, and a granddaughter, Canaan Sommer Schweinsberg, preceded him in death.
John attended First Baptist Church in Lynn Haven, Florida, where he dearly loved his Sunday school class and the fellowship of its members. He worked at Empire Detroit Steel and also as an independent carpet installer.
John donated his time and knowledge for several years coaching Wheelersburg Little League and Pee Wee Football. Many of his former players have gone on to succeed in college and professional sports. He appreciated hearing from them and was proud of their successes. He sat on the bench as an Honorary Assistant Coach for five NCCAA National Championship Tournaments for Grace Bible College with his son and Head Coach Gary. He was very proud of his championship rings, and the character of the young men who played on those teams. He was also very proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed watching them succeed in sports and music, attending many games and concerts.
John never met a stranger. His generosity touched a lot of lives, especially those in need. He delighted in buying Thanksgiving meals for others, gifts for Angel Tree families at Christmas, buying groceries for the elderly, being a foster parent to several children and performing many other acts of kindness. His sense of humor and quick wit have encouraged and uplifted many. He will be greatly missed by family and friends, but the celebration and rejoicing of his salvation has begun.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 17, 5 to 9 p.m. at Swick Bussa Chamberlain Funeral Home in Wheelersburg. Funeral arrangements for a private family service are pending.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.swickbussachamberlin.com.