Dr. Bailey graduated from the Texas A & M University in 1943 and he was a veteran of the United States Army, having served as a Major with the Veterinarian Corps. He spent 15 months in active duty in the Pacific during World War II.
Dr. Bailey was a practicing veterinarian until the time of his death and spent several years operating the Stoddard Animal Clinic, having taken over the practice in Dexter that his father began before him. Most recently, he had served in the Sikeston area, providing veterinarian services there.
Dr. Bailey was a past president of the Missouri Veterinarian Board and was named Missouri Veterinarian of the year in 1972. He conducted numerous horse shows and rodeos, was a member of the Crowley Ridge Flyers and served on the Airport Board. He was also a member of the Dexter Masonic Lodge #532, Dexter Lions Club, and The First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Dexter, where he was an active member of the choir.
Dr. Bailey considered the most important things in life to be family, church and serving his country. "Once a soldier, always a soldier," was a favorite line of his.
On December 31, 1969, he was united in marriage to Barbara Shelby in Dexter. Mrs. Bailey survives of the home in Dexter.
Besides his wife, survivors include one son, Dr. Larry S. Bailey of Plant City, Fla.; three daughters, Carolyn Sue Caton of Missoula, Mont., Barbara Ann Hendley and Sheri Lynn Reynolds both of Bloomfield; two brothers, Max Clodfelter of Poplar Bluff and Roy T. Clodfelter of Florida; one sister, Ellen Bailey Barstad of Dayton, Nev.; and also six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Ruth Bailey; one sister, Mary Ruth Perkins; and one grandson, Cody Hendley.
Visitation will be at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 5-8 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 28, 2008.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 10 a.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Vaughn Wright officiating.
Interment will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ Building Fund, 224 E. Stoddard St., Dexter, MO 63841.