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David Bailey

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David Bailey

Knoxville, TN

David Bailey was born in Knoxville February 19, 1927. He graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee and attended the United States Naval Academy. In 1944, David attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville and became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was the youngest UT football player to play in the 1945 Rose Bowl. He was a graduate of UT with a degree in business. During college, David founded a day camp at historic Statesview in West Knoxville. While there, David developed bonds with the campers that he enjoyed his entire life. After he closed the camp, he joined in business with his father, Lucien Bailey, a local bond broker. While with Lucien L. Bailey Co., he started the Westland Drive Utility District, a water company in West Knoxville. In July of 1961, with partners Hazel Oliver and Victor McLean he founded a wine and spirits distribution company, D&V Distributing. His next venture was in the medical field, where he started C&E Management. Those who knew David may not have known all his business accomplishments, but certainly knew the love of golf that he enjoyed into his 80's. A long-time member of Cherokee Country Club, Grandfather Golf and Country Club in Linville, NC, and Jupiter Hills Club in Jupiter, FL, he was a devoted golfer who loved competition since his days on the UT golf team. David won the Grandfather Club Championship in 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1985. In addition to his focus on business and golf, David was a strong supporter of education. In 2007, after a generous donation to University of Tennessee, the school renamed the Claxton Addition the Jane and David Bailey Education Complex. In 2008, the University recognized David with an award as Philanthropist of the Year. This spring the university again recognized his commitment as the largest supporter of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences: The Board of Trustees voted to name the graduate school of education the David T. Bailey Graduate School of Education. David was loved by many, and will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucien and Ann Lowe Bailey, his sister Betty Bailey Kendall, his grandson Samuel E. Beall IV. He was survived by his wife of 66 years, Jane Oliver Bailey, his daughters Kreis Beall, Keith Bailey, and Kimball Nelson, son-in-law, Louis M. Nelson, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. A Celebration of David's life will be held 11:30 AM Wednesday at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church Chapel with Reverend Doug Bannister officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc., Office of Advancement Services, 1525 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-0650 to support the David T. and Jane O. Bailey Scholarship Endowment Fund. For online giving, please visit: and reference the David T. and Jane O. Bailey Scholarship Endowment Fund. Online condolences may be sent to Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2017
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