February 27, 1929 ~ November 21, 2004

Born in: McDowell County, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

William Johnson “Bill” Bailey, Jr., 75, of 23 Birchwood Lane, Asheville, died Sunday, November 21, 2004, at his residence. A native of McDowell County, he was a son of the late William Johnson Bailey, Sr. and Della Sherrill Bailey. He was a US Navy Veteran of the Korean War and was retired from the NC State Alcohol Beverage Control Board. Bill was an avid golfer and thoroughly enjoyed his family and his life. He never met a stranger. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Morris Bailey; four sons, Rick Bailey and his wife Marsha, Mike Bailey and his wife Toni all of Fletcher, Tim Bailey and Steve Bailey both of Asheville; a sister, Mona Hooten of Miami; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Wednesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Gayle Brown and Joe Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

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  1. Dear Aunt Elaine & family,
    I am thinking of you all and wishing I could be there right now. Eb and I will be there for the service on Wednesday. I hope your memories will give you some comfort. I’ll be praying that God will be with you in your grieving.
    Love always,

  2. Dear Elaine & Family,
    I was a dancer with the Stoney Mountain Cloggers when you and Bill were married and remember you from that time frame. Bill and I had good times together with the cloggers that were run by Ben and Margret Smathers. Ben is also gone now so maybe he and Bill can get together again. I have thought many times through the years of how our paths cross and I have fond memories of my knowing Bill and going to danceing engagements with him. He was a delight to any that came in contact with him. He will be missed by many of his old friends and any others that came in contact with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. I’d like to extend my condolences to the Bailey family. His son Steve was a groomsman in my wedding and the one thing I remember about Bill is he was always telling jokes. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh. My heart goes out to the family as I know what you’re all going through having lost my own Dad 2 years ago. God Bless your family during this difficult time!

  4. I am sorry I could not be there. Bill was a true friend to everyone he met. His laugh and sense of humor will be missed. The Harris family sends our prayers to all of you.

  5. I can’t remember when i first met Bill ,but one things for sure i could quickly see where steve got his sense of humor.I went to school with steve and want to send him and his family my deepest sympathy, for steve the best ,his mom and the rest of the family. May God Bless you all .

  6. Bill was extremely special to all of us here at the Outpatient Clinic and we will miss him greatly. Our prayers and thought are with each member of the family.

  7. Mike & Rick: We are very sorry that we could not attend the visitation or the funeral, if there is anything we can do, let us know, you are both precious to our family, and we will be praying for you

  8. Dear Elaine and family,

    I just found out this evening,(November 23rd), that Bill had passed away and I apologize for not being at the visitation this evening. I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. I will remember Bill as a person who loved to make people laugh. He always had a joke to share and a story to tell. His smile always lightened up the room and when you finished talking to him, he made you feel good about yourself. He was a special person who will be greatly missed. Please let me know if we can help in any way. I trust God will bless you and help you through this difficult time.

  9. Tim,

    I just read about your dad’s passing and I am so sorry. There is nothing I could do or say to make it better right now – just try to stay strong. I know it isn’t an easy thing to go thru, we lost my dad this year also. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.



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