Joseph Mortlin "Joe" Bailey, 88, passed away in Texas on Monday, March 30, 2015. He was born on February 15, 1927 in Wake Forest, NC to Omie Ray Bailey and Elwood Yancey Bailey. After graduating from high school in Wake Forest, Joe worked for Armour Foods for 38 years. He was a member of the Sudan Temple and was recently recognized for 60 years as a Master Mason by the Granville Lodge #380 A.F. & A. M. Joe had a full life living in 8 states and 12 cities but he always yearned to be back on his beloved farmland. One of Mr. Bailey’s saying was “They don’t make any more land”. Mr. Bailey currently resided on The Woodlands, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 Saturday morning, April 7, 2015 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Jamie Dew officiating. Entombment will be at 5:00 Saturday afternoon at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612.
Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife of 65 years, Catherine Batten Bailey; children, Lonnie Elwood Bailey, Beverly Bailey Robinson, Joseph Mortlin Bailey, Jr. and wife, Gerry and Cynthia Bailey Wilson and husband, Alan; grandchildren, Melissa Russell, Justin Robinson, Amanda Rose Bailey, Nicholas Joseph Bailey, Noel Cain, Kelley Wilson Wolford and Brittany Nicole Wilson; great-grandchildren, Caden, Joseph, and Lucas Russell, and Lane and Wilson Wolford; sisters, Maxine O’Neal, Mamie Rogers, and Ruby Hobby. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Audrey Sandling, Estelle Bailey, Priscilla Bailey, Virginia Jackson, Ruebelle Strickland, and Susie Peterson, and by his brother, Furman Bailey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children – Galveston, 815 Market Street, Galveston, TX 77550 (www.donate2shc.com/). Be sure to designate "Galveston" as the hospital of choice.
Friends may visit with the family from 10:30 – 11:30 Saturday morning at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. (919-556-5811)