Surrounded by love and his devoted family, John Bennett Bailey MD, affectionately known as ‘Dr. Ben’, 69, of Asheville passed from this life at his home on Monday, January 29, 2018.
Dr. Bailey is survived by the love of his life, June Craft Bailey, and his children, Elizabeth Claire Bailey, Andrew Bennett Bailey, and John Bennett Bailey Jr. (Jen), and a sister, Patricia Lynn Bailey. A native of Nacogdoches, TX, Dr. Bailey was the son of the late John Lynn and Patsy Nance Bailey.
He was a leader in the medical community, practicing for nearly 30 years. He founded Mountain Area Pediatric Associates and mentored decades of Family Practice Residents and young Pediatricians. Dr. Bailey served on the board of the hospital, as well as numerous hospital and community committees.
Dr. Bailey was a cherished and beloved pediatrician, giving selflessly of his time and talents to care for thousands of children in WNC. He was an astute clinician, but he will be remembered most for the time and care that gave to each of his patients. As a husband, father, friend, and doctor, he exemplified unconditional love, kindness, compassion, and grace of the human spirit. His legacy is enormous in both the public sphere that he occupied as the consummate pediatrician, but also as a man who built incredibly strong bonds of love in his family.
A Celebration of Dr. Bailey’s Life will be held on Sunday, April 22, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Engaged Asheville, 41 North Merrimon Ave Suite 107, Asheville NC 28804 (across from the Woodfin YMCA).
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Dr. Ben Bailey Fund to Feed Hungry Children via the Community Foundation of WNC (CFWNC). A check may be made out to CFWNC with ‘Dr. Ben Bailey Fund’ noted in the memo line and mailed to CFWNC, 4 Vanderbilt Park Dr. Suite 300, Asheville NC 28803. A gift may be made online at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1443146 or by following the link below listed under "Charities."