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BAILEY Raymond Lawrence Bailey Jr., 82, passed on January 7, 2013 in Atlantic Beach, FL. Mr. Bailey was born and raised in Big Sandy, West Virginia. He is predeceased by his wife of 55 wonderful years, Patsy Bailey and his parents Ida & Raymond Bailey, Sr.; he is survived by his loving daughter Christy Bailey Gilpin (Scott) and Granddaughter Sarah Bailey Gilpin. Shortly after Raymond's 18th birthday he enlisted in the United States Army where he served his tour of duty in the Korean War receiving several awards and accommodations, following Mr. Bailey serving his country proudly he returned to West Virginia and attended Marshall University in Huntington, W.V. where he prestigiously acquired not only his Bachelors Degree but furthered his education by receiving his Master's Degree in Education. In 1959 Raymond and Patsy moved to Jacksonville, Florida to pursue his passion as an educator. Mr. Bailey quickly excelled by promotions from Teacher to Principal to eventually being the Director of Human resources for Duval County Public School System, he also has several citations and awards from him having been an educator for over 30 years, not to mention that in 1971 Mr. Bailey was a acquaintance of Julie Nixon Eisenhower, First Daughter to the President of this time, President Nixon, 1971 (daughter of President Richard Nixon and Granddaughter-in-law to the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower) in which she planned on working as a 4th grade teacher at Atlantic Beach Elementary School, so in the summer of 1971, Julie had dinner with Mr. Bailey and his family at his home in Neptune Beach, FL this was an astounding visit as none of the President's children had ever visited Neptune Beach, FL prior. Over 20 Presidential cars with several Secret Service agents were at the Bailey's residence and neighborhood. Julie's visit was most remembered by his daughter, Christy as she also met the President's daughter. As you would presume Raymond was not an ordinary man but a prestigious and eloquent man of his time making contact and friends with some of the most notable people during his era. In addition, Raymond's accomplishments as an educator and a Director were by far unbelievable to excel so rapidly in such a short period of time. Raymond Bailey was a dedicated Husband, Father, Grandfather and Educator. He spent most of his free time as a devoted Husband and Father but in addition to this he was also an avid outdoor's men let it be Fishing, Scuba Diving, Sailing or often just spending his days in the sun at the beach. Mr. Bailey was also an outstanding golfer and did this regularly. Raymond loved to travel; some of his favorite places to visit included the Florida Key's and the Virgin Islands. Raymond Lawrence Bailey will be greatly missed by his loving and adoring daughter (Christy Gilpin, Scott) and Granddaughter (Sarah Gilpin) along with several family members, friends and colleagues. Family will be accepting friends and family for a visitation on Thursday Jan 10, 2013 from 4:00-6:00pm at the Chapel of Peace which is located at Beaches Memorial Park, 1500 Main Street, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 (904) 249-1166, Services will be Friday Jan 11, 2013 at 2:00pm at the Chapel of Peace. In lieu of Flowers please make donations to Community Hospice Northeast Florida Services are Under the care and love of First Coast Funeral Home & Beaches Memorial Park, 1500 Main Street, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 (904) 249-1166 Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Jan. 10, 2013
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