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Mr. Jimmy Bailey of Atlanta passed Wednesday May 23, 2018.  Funeral service will be held at 11 am  Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Olivet Baptist Church 877 GA 314 Fayetteville, GA 30214 Interment  will be held 9:30  AM  on Wednesday at Westview Cemetery. Jimmy Bailey was a fiery spirit and a persevering soul, leading a life of extraordinary courage and strength. He was born on September 14, 1943 to the late Lottie Mae Bailey and Sam Wilcher in Adrian, Georgia. Although he was an only child growing up, Jimmy could often be found with his aunts; Bertha Nell, Willie Maude, and Carolyn; as well as his uncle, Ross Bailey. When he was still young, Jimmy moved to Atlanta and attended E.A. Ware Elementary School. Jimmy hit his stride when he entered Booker T. Washington High School, where he became a proud Bulldog for life; graduating in the class of 1962. After graduating, Jimmy served his country as an Airman with the United States Air Force.While at Washington High, Jimmy was a stand-out athlete, excelling in both baseball and football. It was also at Washington High that he met the love of his life, a fellow Bulldog athlete, Louella Jamison.  Jimmy and Louella remained sweethearts throughout high school only parting for her to go to Clark College and him to active duty. While in the Air Force, Jimmy was able to exercise his love of football and baseball, even getting the opportunity to play while stationed in Japan.Following his honorable discharge in 1967, Jimmy began a career with the United States Post Office, where he remained for 32 years; retiring in 1999. Upon retirement, his family joked that after being at one job for 32 years, Jimmy had 32 post-retirement jobs in 1 year; like working on the field of the Atlanta Falcons, in the parking lots at the Braves and Atlanta Public Schools stadiums, as a security guard and clearing real estate properties for his beloved niece, Gwen. Jimmy was introduced to the world of bartending through his mother, a great and known caterer. Jimmy Bailey, who never met a stranger could often be found at parties he was bartending having as much fun as the guests, talking to the likes of noted Atlantans such as Ted Turner. On June 15, 1968, Jimmy and Louella were united in holy matrimony at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church by Rev. Howard W. Creecy, Sr. (who actually married Louella to “James”). To this union were born two daughters: Jimi Latease and Joy Lorraine. Jimmy accepted Christ at an early age as a Methodist. However, as an adult, he was baptized into Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Jimmy and family later followed Rev. Creecy and became Founding (Charter) Members of the Olivet Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia. One of his greatest sources of pride was being selected and ordained as a Deacon at Olivet.The very definition of a classic man, Jimmy loved quality more than flash. Far before rappers and their rolies, he was wearing Brooks Brothers suits and driving a Cadillac. However, he always knew the value of a dollar, saying, “you’re going to have to pay for it so you better love it!”  Wherever he went, Jimmy was always a supporter of his “hood.” Whether that was his original home of Adrian, Georgia; Vine City, or Thomasville. He was an avid Bailey-Ricks Family reunion member and seldom missed a family reunion, serving as the head fish fryer and barbecue master on many Host Committees.Many people are surprised to learn that Jimmy battled multiple illnesses including two different types of cancer and open-heart surgery because he never appeared or behaved like he was sick, returning to work, home and family stronger than before. In fact, soon after receiving an experimental bone marrow transplant, Jimmy was right back at work and on the grill with the Bailey-Ricks Family Reunion! Even after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Jimmy was able to enjoy life for almost a decade more.Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us there is an appointed time for everything and a time for every event under heaven. On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Jimmy answered the call of the Lord for his forever Victory! Jimmy leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife of just short of 50 years, Louella; daughters Jimi Latease and Joy Lorraine (Derrick); grandchildren Gabriel Benjamin and Grace Louella; siblings; Lucille Wilcher and Cheryl Lynn Jackson; aunts Bertha Nell and Carolyn; very supportive family friend Robert Close, a host of nephews and nieces, and a devoted caregiver and friend, Rose Daniel.   The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 until 7 PM at the Haugabrooks Chapel.

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  • Thursday, May 24, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Haugabrooks Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Friday, May 25, 2018
    "For this is what the High and Lofty One says, Who lives forever and Whose Name is holy: 'I reside in the high and holy place, but also with those crushed and lowly in spirit to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of those being crushed.' " Isaiah 57:15
    ~ Lorraine Denson   Kansas City, MO
  • Saturday, May 26, 2018
    We deeply feel for what you and the family are going through. At times, there isn't much that can soothe the pain this grief brings, but you may find some comfort in the words of Psalms 9:9 which reads: "Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress." Yes, our Loving God can help if we allow him to (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth, when it is restored to a Paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11,29). No, not just a dream, but for a certainty he will do it, for Isaiah 55:11 shows us that everything he says, he accomplishes without fail. You can find out more online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Saturday, May 26, 2018
    My deepest sympathies to the Bailey family. I know that your family is experiencing the loss of a dear loved one. This indeed is a very painful time. Rest assured that our loving God, Jehovah, is certainly aware of how you're feeling. In His Word, the Bible, he promises to raise up our dear loved ones through the beautiful hope of a resurrection. (Acts 24:15) May "the God of comfort" give you the strength to get through the days ahead. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4) If you would like to know more about the hope your dear loved ones have, feel free to visit jw.org.
    ~ Brittany   IL
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    Sending my love and heartfelt condolences to Louella and the family. Latease and Joy, fathers and daughters share a special bond and you will always miss him. Know that Jimmy is always with you and I pray that your memories of him will bring you comfort and will remain for an eternity.
    ~ Mrs. Pamela Davis Greene   Tallahassee, FL
  • Sunday, May 27, 2018
    Louella and Family...I am sooo grateful you shared Jimmy with us all. We all came to love him because of your love for him and his love for you. May you find comfort in knowing you're not alone. Love ya much, Classmate - Marilyn Jones Arrington
    ~ Marilyn Jones Arrington   Atlanta, GA
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    So sorry for your loss It is so hard to focus on daily activities after such a lose but hold on to all your precious memories of your loved one. and remember our Creator, Jehovah God has them in His memory as well. (Psalms 83:18) He makes this promise: "And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4) So please remember you are loved and God's word promises you will see your loved one again. (John 5:28,29) Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
    ~ Dolon Peete   NC
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    You'll be missed "Big Time". You were a "Big Time" guy.
    ~ Jeffrey & Cimmarron Davis   Arlington, TX