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William "Bill" Bailey


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William "Bill" Bailey

Florence - William "Bill" Bailey, 92, longtime resident of Florence, KY, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, January 2nd, while at his home in Columbia, Missouri.

He was born on December 18, 1926, in Corbin, KY to William and Mayola (Scalf) Bailey. In 1948, he married the love of his life, Bobbie, who he remained with until his death. Bill joined the US Navy during WWII on November, 1944. He proudly served on board the San Marcos until July, 1946. Bill often said of his days in the Navy, "Serving my country was the greatest privilege of my life."

Commitment to his country and community didn't end with his military service. Bill served on Florence City Council for over 17 years. He took particular pride in his leadership role on the Building and Zoning Committee. Bill persevered throughout his life to build a long lasting business. He and Bobbie owned and operated Bailey's Village Shop and Bailey's Uniform Shop on Dixie Highway in Florence, KY for over 35 years before moving to Columbia, Missouri in 2001.

Bill had a true passion for music. Most every day Bill would sit for hours at his keyboard singing his "tunes." Of the many songs Bill enjoyed playing for his family, one of his all time favorites was Bobby Darin's "More Than the Greatest Love."

And his family, indeed, will forever have "more than the greatest love" for Bill Bailey. His integrity and dedication to service will remain alive in all those who loved him.

Bill is survived by his wife of 70 years, Bobbie; two daughters Marianne (Lowell) Branham, and Nancy (David) White; 6 grandchildren, and 10 great-grand children.

He was preceded in death by his son, William T. Bailey.

A family celebration of Bill's life will take place in the spring.
Published in the Kentucky Enquirer from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2019
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