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Ollie Dwayne Bailey, 86, of Hoopeston, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center in Hoopeston. He was born Dec. 16, 1929, in Goodwine, Ill., the son of William and Ella (Lewis) Bailey.
He married Peggy Ann Hedgecock on Sept. 23, 1951 at First Church of the Nazarene.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Peggy; two sons, Rodney D. and Roselyn (Miller) Bailey of Gilbert, Ariz. and Phil D. Bailey of Hoopeston; daughter-in-law, Carla Bailey of Danville; one sister, Shirley (Rex) Counseller of Topeka, Kan.; three grandchildren, Masen Norton, Phil Bailey Jr. and Summer Bailey; two great-grandchildren, Bentley Smothers and Kaisley Bailey; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Brad Bailey; seven sisters and two brothers.
Ollie was a meat cutter for 54 years, before retiring from County Market in 1999. Over the years, he received many sales and performance awards in the meat cutting industry. He served four years in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955. He was a member of Hoopeston Community Church of the Nazarene, where he was also the Sunday school superintendent for 25 years and a church board member for 35 years. Ollie enjoyed working in his yard and loved watching Bobby Knight coach. He also enjoyed journaling every day.
A visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Hoopeston Community Church of the Nazarene, 402 E. Honeywell Ave. Hoopeston, with Pastor Jeff Alexander and Robert Norris officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery, with military rites being accorded by Hoopeston American Legion Post #384 and the VFW Post #4826.
Memorials may be made to Hoopeston Community Church of the Nazarene, 402 E. Honeywell Ave Hoopeston, IL 60942.
Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Ollie's eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Published on August 5, 2016
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