Dr. O. K. Bailey Dds Jr.
1931 - 2020
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Dr. O. K. Bailey, Jr. DDS

Shreveport - Dr. O. K. Bailey, Jr. (affectionately known as "Doc"), went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 4, 2020. Jesus opened His loving arms and said "welcome home my good and faithful servant". Oh how we wish we could have seen him meet Jesus face to face.

Doc never met a stranger, was loved by all and was passionate about FCA, his Evangel Eagles, LSU Tigers and Boston Red Sox. He lived life to the fullest every day of his life and was his happiest with Jackie Till Bailey at his side surrounded by his loving family.

Doc was born on May 1, 1931 in Sterlington, Louisiana to Otis Kendall Bailey, Sr. and Ruth McCain Bailey. He attended Louisiana College where he met the love of his life, Jacquelyn "Jackie" Till. They married in 1952 and he completed his studies at the Loyola School of Dentistry in New Orleans in 1960.

While at Louisiana College, Doc lettered in football and in baseball. He was named to the Hall of Fame for Louisiana College Wildcats and continued his support of his alma mater during his lifetime.

Doc opened his general dentistry practice in Shreveport in 1960 and continued until his retirement in 2008. During his career, he met many friends with whom he shared his love of the Lord. The motivating factor in choosing his career was he wanted to share his love of Christ with others.

With a vision, Doc saw the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. As a result, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Shreveport/Bossier Chapter was founded in 1990.

In 1990, Doc was honored with the inaugural Founders Award, appropriately named the Dr. O.K. Bailey Founders Award. The F.C.A. Award is presented annually to the person who best exemplifies Doc's Christ-like character, passion, integrity and commitment to excellence.

In recognition of his outstanding athletic achievements and faithful Christian service, "Doc" was inducted into the F.C.A. "National Hall of Champions" in 2003.

Doc was a member of Queensborough Baptist Church, presently known as Willow Point Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1960 until recently. While there, he served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons; Board of Directors; Chairman of Missions; Pastor Search Committees; Sunday School Director and Sunday School Teacher. Currently, he is a member of Summer Grove Baptist Church. He served on the Board of Directors of the Mexican Indian Training Center in Cordoba, Mexico, where he traveled faithfully providing Christian dental services.

Doc is preceded by his parents; sister, Margarite Bailey Saucier; sister-in-laws, Emma Loyce Smelley and Hannah Till and brother-in-law, Bill Smelley. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Jackie; his son, Robert Kendall Bailey; daughters, Jan Bailey Hermes, Diann Bailey Charrier and husband Bill, Donna Bailey Crane and husband Larry; grandchildren, Dr. Lauren Crane Tucker and husband Douglas of Madison, Mississippi, Lindsey Crane Berteau and Husband Micah of Keller, Texas, Landon Bailey Crane of Dallas, Texas, William Blake Charrier and Brittani, Michael Brandon Charrier and wife Lauren of Houston, Texas, Justin Kendall Hermes and wife Brandi, Jan-Allison Hermes Mills and husband Tyler and Jodi Hermes and wife Holly Robbins of New Orleans; 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He adored each and every grandchild and "Poppy" never missed a ballgame or a practice. He was often seen in dugouts and running down the sidelines cheering on his grandchildren.

"Coach", "Poppy", "Doc" or "Son" is walking the streets of gold today with his white ADIDAS tennis shoes, Boston Red Sox polo and Evangel hat.

The family is grateful to Dr. Jimmy Smith, Dr. P. V. Blanchard, the nursing staff and the fifth floor ICU at Willis-Knighton North for the loving care he received.

Honoring Doc as pallbearers will be Justin Hermes, Blake Charrier, Brandon Charrier, Landon Crane, Tyler Mills, Douglas Tucker and Micah Berteau.

A private graveside service for immediate family will be held on Monday, August 10, 2020. A service celebrating the life of Doc Bailey will be held at a later date.

The family would like to express our love and appreciation to Patricia Ann Burns for the 40 years of faithful service she poured into the entire family. We would also like to express our thanks to B.J. Harrison, Taki Epps, Felisa "LeLe" Leary and Tina Salone throughout the years for the expression of love to Doc.

Memorial remembrances may be made to F.C.A. in Doc's name.

We will cherish all the precious memories we had with him. There is no more suffering, and heaven is rejoicing as our hearts are broken to welcome the one and only "Doc" Bailey.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Aug. 8 to Aug. 11, 2020.
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August 20, 2020
Dr. Bailey was always a very kind and gentle man grew up with his family and loved all of them. He is now with Jesus and having a stress free life.
Kathy Zator (Hale)
August 11, 2020
Jackie, Kenny, Jan, Diann and Donna

We just wanted to let you know that you all are deeply in our thoughts and prayers. What a loss...

but What a Life! What a man! and What loyal service to mankind!

Such a legendary cousin for us all the be so proud of (and wow did our parents love him too), such a faithful model of HIS parents strong Christian values (our beloved Aunt Ruth and Uncle Otis), and such an authentic earthly representation of our Lord’s benevolent and joyful vision of love.

To tie together in one lifetime, so beautifully, the full potential of all his passions - family , athletics , dentistry, and bringing souls to Christ was a masterpiece, a large and important body of work that still shines.
He really did it.
He really did.
What a Life!
Tearfully Yours
Dennis , Ronnie and Gary McCain

Gary McCain
August 11, 2020
May God wrap His loving arms around you all.
Robin E. Vosbury
August 10, 2020
Jackie and family - What a blessing for us to know Doc Bailey! I am so blessed to have been influenced through the ministry of FCA since high school. All the work Doc did in the early years impacted my life, and thousands of coaches and athletes over the years! We cherish the memories of Doc at FCA Camp, and many FCA events! The trip we took to the National FCA Office in 2010 was special! I will not forget the look on Doc's face when he saw his plaque on the wall of the FCA Hall of Champions! We all shed a tear that day. It was an amazing day with great friends! Of the ten that went on the trip, four have gone to be with the Lord! Mike Moore, Dick Whittington, Billy Maples, and now Doc. He is missed already. But, he is receiving his many rewards of a life lived for Jesus Christ! And like Coach Maples always said, "We will all be in the same dorm together in heaven!" We will praying God's peace and comfort over you and the family in the coming days. God Bless the Bailey family!
Terry and Peggy Slack
Terry and Peggy Slack
August 10, 2020
Dear Jackie and family,
I’m sending my deepest sympathies and prayers to you and your family. I remember that Doc never met anyone that he didn’t try to lead them to the Lord. Remembering our trips to the mission in Mexico, our trips to Florida and the many dinners we shared he was always praising God. He showed his love for the Lord in everything he did. Being with you both was always a joy. Keeping you all in my prayers.
Diane Worley Tarr
Diane Tarr
August 10, 2020
Dear Jackie and family,
I send my deepest sympathies And prayers to everyone! I remember Doc as being so caring and full of life. He never met anyone that he didn’t try to tell them about the Lord! I will never forget the times we traveled with you both to the mission in Mexico, our trips to Florida, and the many times we met for dinner. I know that he is at peace with his Lord! Sending my love and prayers to everyone! Diane Worley Tarr.
Diane Tarr
August 10, 2020
I remember Doc was always full of joy and Christian love. Kindest regards, Jan Holland.
Jan Holland
August 9, 2020
August 9, 2020
Jackie and all the Family,
Rita and I sent our deepest sympathies and our prayers for your comfort and strength in the days ahead. Doc was a man among "true men," and set a shining example of his love for Jesus and an unashamed witness for God.. His love for others as was as close the Agape love as it gets.. So many precious memories of Doc, his unconditional friendship, and his love for his family and his God. We can just picture Doc and his rejoicing in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and hearing "well done, thy good and faithful servant."
Tommy and Rita Wynn
August 9, 2020
Just want to say how sorry I am for your loss but how thankful I am that as God’s children we never say a final goodbye. Doc meant a whole lot to our family and never more so than to my dad, “Bro Bill” Stowell. Some of my best memories with Doc were on our mission trips to Mexico! Doc Worley, Dad, and Doc Bailey were a “hoot” on those trips and made sharing Jesus with others real! God bless the Bailey Family - Doc will be sorely missed but in Jesus, we will meet again one day! Mike Stowell
Mike Stowell
August 9, 2020
Dear Jackie and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time for your loss.
Dr. Steve Beck and Dr. Sherri Madden Beck
Evergreen, Colorado
Dr. Steve Beck and Dr. Sherri Madden Beck
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