GUYTON - William Francis Bailey Sr., 86, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011, at his residence.
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The Chatham County native served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 34th Infantry, Red Bull Division. His unit was the most decorated unit in WWII, having five Battle Ribbons, and in combat more than any other. He retired from Boilermaker's Local #26, was a commercial fisherman, boat builder and farmer. He was preceded in death by his parents, William McPhail Bailey and Anna DuBois Hodge Bailey.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Neidlinger Bailey of Guyton; children, William Francis Bailey Jr. (Kathy) of Guyton, David Bradley Bailey Sr. (Cindy) of Guyton, Michael McPhail Bailey (Suzanne) of Brooklet; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, sister, Dorothy Stockbridge of Savannah.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Springfield. Interment will be in Springfield Cemetery Annex.
Boilermaker's Local #26 will be honorary pallbearers.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel; (912) 754-6421.
Statesboro Herald, July 26, 2011
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Published in Statesboro Herald from July 26 to Aug. 2, 2011