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Jody Lee Bailey, age 53, 145 Morris Road, Erwin, died Sunday, August 19, 2012, at his home.
He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County, and a son of Harold Bailey, Erwin and the late Melba Louise Street Bailey.
Mr. Bailey was a former, longtime mechanic with S.C. Whitson Garage and was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of VFW Post #5809 and Moose Lodge #22.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, son and brother.
Other than his mother, he is preceded in death by his grandparents: Joe and Ida Bailey, Vee and Rosa Street, and by his father-in-law: Robert Lee Collins.
Other than his father, survivors include his loving wife of 33 years, Linda Collins Bailey; one son: Robert Harold Bailey; one daughter: Melba Rosalee Bailey and fiancé, James O’Dell, Johnson City; two grandsons: Lewis Lee Bailey Rice and James Lee O’Dell, Johnson City; one brother: Buster Vee Bailey and fiancé, Amanda Moffitt, Erwin; one sister: Melba Bailey and fiancé, James Tester, Gray; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; mother-in-law: Hannah Collins, Johnson City and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Funeral service will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Willy Morrow will officiate.
Active pallbearers will be Jason Bailey, James O’Dell, Randall Willis, Buster Bailey, Dwayne Rice, Lance King and Mark Joyner.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home and other times at the residence of the brother, 109 Triangle B Drive, Martin’s Creek Community, Erwin.
The committal service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Garland Cemetery, Buladean, N.C.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Bailey family through an interactive Book of Memories at
Robert Ledford Funeral Home And Chapel is in charge.