Marietta, GA - Jule “Bill” Wilson Bailey, age 88 died Friday, August 21 at home surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Bailey and his three children, Michael Phillips, Steve Phillips and Julie Isom (Steve). He also leaves behind his sister, Jeannette Bailey, four grandchildren, Amanda Isom, Stephanie Phillips, Christy Phillips, and Clay Isom, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Originally from Hartwell, Georgia, Bill joined the military after high school and served on a flight crew in the US Air Force from 1951 – 1956 and left the service as an Airman 1st class and was awarded the Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He also served in the Air National Guard from 1956 – 1959 as a Staff Sargent. He served in the US Navy from 1960 – 1964 and then the US Navy Reserves until 1980 were his final rank was Petty Officer 1st class. He had fond memories of his time in the service, especially in the Air Force where he spent time in Japan.
Bill moved to Marietta after his time in the service and went to work for Lockheed where he eventually retired in 1987. He married Liz in 1965 and enjoyed raising their three kids and spending time with family over the next 55 years. He was fortunate to retire in his 50’s. After several years of riding and showing horses, he and Liz traded in the horses and bought a motor home. They traveled all over the United States until well into their 70’s. During these years, he and Liz fell in love with antiquing and combined their travels with their love for treasure hunting.
Up until last summer, Bill worked for Big Shanty Antiques at both the original Kennesaw location and the current location in Marietta. Bill was loved by employees and customers alike. Bill enjoyed meeting new people and often entertained them with his wit and humor. Two of his favorite pass times were watching the Atlanta Braves and cable news. He was very passionate about his politics.
Early this year, he was diagnosed with ALS, a horrific disease. He fought it valiantly, but lost the battle.
Bill was loved by many and will be sorely missed.
The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 26 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Medford-Paden Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Medford-Peden Funeral Home on August 27, followed by a burial at the National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bill’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the ALS Association.
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