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Don W. "Bill" Bailey Jr.

Monday, November 10th, 1924 - Tuesday, February 4th, 2020
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Don W. “Bill” Bailey Jr., passed through Heaven’s gates the afternoon of Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 95 years of age. He was born in Denison, Texas to Don William Sr. and Emma D. (Rice) Bailey on Monday, November 10, 1924. Bill married the love of his life, Mary Bailey, on August 15, 1948, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Denison. For almost 8 years, the newlyweds remained in Bill’s hometown of 32 years and began their family. In 1956, after the birth of their first son, they moved and made Irving their forever home. Bill worked in the petroleum industry for 35 years for Humble Oil, then Exxon Oil Company in Sherman and Irving, Texas until his retirement in 1982. Being a man of great honor and integrity, Bill joined the United States Army, where he proudly served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre during WWII and later during the Korean War. Bill was a Mason for 60 years, his most recent affiliation being the Irving Masonic Lodge #1218, A.F. & A.M., a Shriner as well as a founding member of the Dallas Fort Worth Airport Ambassadors. Bill joined First United Methodist Church of Irving in 1984, and was an active member serving in many areas as well as being a member of the Wednesday Work Crew.
During his time of leisure, he enjoyed traveling, square dancing with the Swinging Squares and playing dominoes, especially 42. Bill is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Mary Frances (Potts) Bailey, parents Don and Emma, one brother and 3 sisters. Left to cherish his memory are son COL (R) Don Wayne Bailey, U.S. Army and wife Mary; daughter Deborah Bailey Bellew and husband Jimmy; grandson Dr. Daniel Wayne Bailey, MAJ U.S. Army and wife Dr. Michelle Bailey, MAJ, U.S. Army; grandson Jonathan Wayne Bellew and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and loving friends. The family will receive friends between 6:00 and 8:00pm, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church, 211 W. Third Street in Irving. A funeral service will be held at 10:00am, on Thursday, February 20, 2020, this service will also be held at the church. A committal service with Full Military Honors will be held at 12:30pm the same day at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway in Dallas.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    First United Methodist Church
    211 W. Third St.
    IRVING, TX 75060
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 10:00am
    First United Methodist Church
    211 W. Third
    IRVING, TX 75060
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery
    2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    DALLAS, TX 75211
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A committal service with Full Military Honors will be held at 12:30pm, Thursday, February 20, 2020.


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Don Huffman

Posted at 12:45pm
Expressing extreme gratitude for the US Army Service of T/Sgt Don (Bill) Bailey Jr. His legacy of service to his country and community is monumental and was passed down through his family, many of whom also have served (and are serving) their country in a similar manner, and leaving their legacy. Prayers go up to heaven for comfort for the family and many friends for their loss, yet were blessed throughout "Bill's" life on earth. Now may he rest in Paradise with His Savior, and may that legacy of faith continue on through his family.
d Huffman, Army vet, DFWHG member

Donns Craig

Posted at 08:35pm
One of the nicest people I’ve had the honor to know in my life. He will be so missed I’m sure. Lovingly remembered by Donna Pope Bailey Craig

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