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BAILEY, Vernon "Bud" passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon closely surrounded by family. Although stoic and reserved in nature, Bud was a loving husband, father and grandfather, with a zest for life and unyielding passion for the outdoors. Bud was born on December 31, 1922, to the late Banks Benjamin and Mabel Wardlow Bailey in West Point, Arkansas. Always a man of duty and honor, Bud enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps at the age of 17. He then went on to serve in the United States Army, 900th Airborne Engineer Aviation Company, serving in Burma, India during World War II. Upon returning from service, Bud began working for International Harvester in Evansville, Indiana, retiring from the Springfield plant as an Assembly Division Superintendent after 32 years of service. Bud married Sophia Green from Boonville, Indiana on September 4, 1954. They shared 58 years of marriage and memories. Bud is preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Wesley, Candis Carpenter (Raymond), Pauline Rerick (Lewis), Maxine Weaver (Lawrence), Evelyn Arbeiler (Victor), T.E. "Pulley" (Ora), and Jimmy (Marie). He is survived by his wife, Sophia (Green) Bailey of Springfield; daughter, Sabrina (Joseph) Williamson of Mansfield, Ohio; son, Banks Bailey of Tucson, Arizona; grandson, Gage Williamson of Columbus, Ohio and granddaughter, Dallas Williamson of Mansfield, Ohio. The family would like to thank all the staff at Hearth and Home on Harding Road and the Community Mercy Hospice for their wonderful care and support. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. at JACKSON LYTLE & LEWIS FUNERAL HOME. A celebration of Bud's life will be held on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor John Pollock officiating. Burial to follow at Ferncliff Cemetery. Contributions may be made in memory of Bud to the Community Mercy Hospice, 444 W. Harding Blvd. Springfield, OH 45504 or Hearth and Home, 550 W. Harding Rd. Springfield, OH 45504. Condolences may be expressed to Bud's family at www.jacksonlytle.com.

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Published in Springfield News-Sun on Aug. 20, 2012
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