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John Robert Bailey

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John Robert Bailey Obituary
John Robert Bailey

Ft. Worth, TX

John Robert Bailey, 84, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017. Service: 10 a.m. Saturday, February 11, at New River Fellowship Church of Benbrook. Interment: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 10, at Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth. Memorials: Should family and friends desire, memorials in John's name are suggested to a . John was born October 18, 1932, in Memphis, Tenn., to the late Donald Robert and Claudia Francis Blanz Bailey. He attended Mallory Heights Elementary, Bellevue Junior High and Tech High in Memphis, Tenn. At Tech High, John was in the JROTC, Band, and the "T" Club. In 1948, the family moved to Lake Charles, La., where John graduated from Lake Charles High School, which no longer exists. While in Lake Charles High School, John was in the band, on the debate team, the yearbook staff and in the Student Government Club. In his senior year of 1950, he was elected Mr. Personality and the Homecoming King. John attended McNeese State College, the University of Houston and graduated from Louisiana State University, where he was in the Air Force ROTC, the Arnold Air Society and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Upon graduation, John was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve. He was called to active duty in 1956 and served a three-year term as a personnel officer. His assignments were Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; Thule Air Base, Greenland; and March Air Force Base, California. While at Thule, he had some rather unique additional duties for a young lieutenant. For a time, John was postmaster general of the northernmost post office of the world. He also was club officer at the northernmost Officer's Club. He also supervised the northernmost gym and bowling alley. In 1959, John was released from active duty and returned to Lake Charles. He was employed by Dolby Insurance and Out-Door Advertising; a member of the Calcasieu Kiwanis Club; the Bachelors Club and the Petro-Chem Club. John also held a reserve assignment at Chennault Air Force Base as a public information officer. Again, in 1959, John was recalled to active duty and served a full 28-year career. His assignments were McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, then he was sent to Saigon, Vietnam; Randolph Air Force Base, Texas; Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma; Wiesbaden, Germany; Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; and the last seven years of active duty were as director of personnel at Carswell Air Force Base Texas. Among his military decorations were two Meritorious Service Medals; two Air Force Commendation Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he was employed by the Fort Worth Independent School District Manager of Transportation Operations. He retired from there in 1995. After John's return from Vietnam, he married his first wife, Helen Marjorie Reinhardt, and they had two sons, Jeff and Scott Bailey. They were divorced in 1979. While at Carswell AFB, he met and married Dorothy Gabel Posey. He and Dorothy purchased a home in the mountains of Ruidoso, N.M. There they enjoyed the summers of the best scenery and wildlife. While spending their summers in Ruidoso, John played golf at the Cree Meadows Country Club. John and Dorothy were active members of the Arlington Heights Citizens on Patrol, from June 2005 until they became inactive in 2009, due to their health problems. John was a former member and president of the Westside Kiwanis Club and the Fort Worth Petroleum Club. He loved the LSU Tigers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers and, most of all, Frank Sinatra. John was a good son, brother, friend, officer, husband, uncle, father, grandfather, and a smart SOB. John's wife of 30-plus years, Dorothy Gabel Posey Bailey, passed away on April 13, 2013. Survivors: sons, Jeff of Benbrook, wife, Christy, and grandchildren, Ember and Jewel; Scott Bailey of Carrollton; sister, Donna Francis Noah of Covington, Tenn.; stepchildren, Angela Destro of White Settlement, husband, Bill, and their children, Travis and Brittany, Jeff Posey of Fort Worth and children, Leigh Ann and Carter, Matt Posey of Aledo and wife, Stacy, and their children, Georgia Gabel, Hogan and Maggie; several nieces and nephews; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Feb. 10, 2017
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