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Raymond Bailey, 68, of 123 Jackson Love Circle, Erwin, died after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at his residence.
Mr. Bailey was a native of Unicoi County and the son of the late Hiram and Rachel Peters Bailey. He was a member of Erwin Church of Christ having served as song leader, deacon and elder. But most importantly, he was a child of God.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, and friend. He served in the United States Army under special duty with the Allied Forces Southern Europe, Naples Italy, under NATO.
Mr. Bailey retired in 2005 as a machinist after 40 years of service with CSX Railroad. He was a 30 year member of Southeastern Autorama Club, and an avid antique car enthusiast. He was also a member of the Blue Ridge Pottery Club, and served as chaplain.
Other than his parents, Mr. Bailey is preceded in death by an infant brother, Frankie Bailey.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Faye L. Watson Bailey, of Erwin; son: Joey Bailey and wife, Christy, of Erwin; daughter: Lisa Hensley and husband, Mike, of Erwin; grandchildren: Jerod Bailey, Adam Fann and wife, Terri, Drew Edwards, Jamie Hensley, Amanda Goforth, Jake Keplinger, Andrew Bowman, and Amanda Bowman; five great grandchildren; siblings: Carl Bailey and wife, Margaret, of Johnson City, Luther Bailey and wife, Jeanne, of Gray, Jess Bailey and wife, Marylyn, of Erwin, Virginia Bailey and husband, Gene, of Gray, Marie Nave and husband, Charlie, of Blountville, Alvin Bailey of Gray, Hazel Jeter and husband, Michael, of Gray; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m., at Erwin Church of Christ. The Rev. Jeff Johnson and Adam Fann officiated.
Honorary pallbearers were former railroad co-workers, Autorama members, James White, Lee Williams, and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Suite 102, Johnson City, TN 37601.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.