CHESTER HINTON BAILEY, 79
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U.S. Naval Officer
HAINES CITY - Chester Hinton Bailey, 79, a lifetime resident of Haines City, passed away on March 31, 2013, at Good Shepherd Hospice, as a result of lung cancer.
Chet enlisted in the Navy in May 1952, after leaving Haines City High School. After completing "Boot-Camp", he went aboard the U.S.S. Cabildo as a signalman, the first of several vessels on which he served, including U.S.S. Plumas County, U.S.S. Duxbury Bay, U.S.S. Intrepid, U.S.S. Bainbridge, U.S.S. Spiegel Grove and lastly, U.S.S. Raleigh. He also served at several shore-stations as an instructor and security officer. During his career, he was promoted thru 9 enlisted ranks, 2 warrant office ranks and 3 commissioned officer ranks, retiring as a Lieutenant Deck Officer and Nuclear Weapons Safety Officer.
Lieutenant Bailey served in both the Korean and Vietnam Theaters of Combat.
In 1964, as a crew member of the U.S.S. Bainbridge, this ship long with the U.S.S. Enterprise, and the U.S.S. Long Beach comprised "Nuclear Task Force One" which completed a 64-day "Around-The-World" Odyssey, mimicking that of Magellan.
Chester retired from the Navy on Dec. 1, 1973. After retirement, he was employed from Jan. 4, 1974 until 1979 by the Polk County Sheriff's Depart. as a captain.
After leaving the sheriff's dept., he enrolled in Polk Community College and graduated in 1961 with degrees in Police Science and Criminal Justice. He then enrolled in St. Leo College at St. Leo, FL, and received his bachelor of Arts and Criminal Justice Degrees. After obtaining these degrees, he was employed by the State of Florida Probation and Parole Department as a Parole & Probation officer. He remained with this profession until returning to retirement in 1986, where-in, he and his best friend, Willard "Speedy" Byrd pursued the "Art" of "Bass" and "Spec" fishing.
Chester and his brother, Billy Joe, were brought to Haines City in 1940 by his parents John Chester Bailey and Veda Oledia Hudson Bailey.
His parents worked in the citrus industry in Polk County most of their lives.
Chester was predeceased by his parents, his brother Jerry, his sister Tonia and his oldest son Roger Warren. He is survived by brother Billy Joe of Haines City, son John Chester of Abbeville, GA, son Chester H., Jr., U.S.A.F. retired, daughter Sharon F. Bailey Woods, Haines City and daughter Donna Celeste Bailey McNair of Winter Haven. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
As per his wishes a private family service will be held at a later date at Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell, FL.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be given in his name to Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Florida.
Published in Ledger from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2013