Charles Ray Bailey, 93, of St. Marys, Georgia, commonly known to family and friends as Chuck or Ray, was called home by his Heavenly Father Thursday morning, December 31, 2015. Chuck was currently a resident of the Senior Care Center in Brunswick, Georgia, where he would keep up a constant chatter with health care nurses and share with them his secret stash of milk chocolate candies.
Chuck was one of six children born to Willie M. and Clyde E. Bailey Sr of Lithonia, Georgia. Chuck was the last of all the siblings to join his Father beyond the River of Jordan. He is survived by two daughters, Ruth Ann Dyals (Roger) of St. Marys, Georgia and Donna Davis (Ronnie) of Loganville, Georgia; and two sons, Kenneth (Faye) of St. Marys and Brett of Forsyth, Georgia. Chuck also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Christa Edwards of Fayetteville, Georgia; Dale Dyals of Brunswick, Georgia; April Freeman of Loganville, Georgia; Beth Davis of Decatur, Georgia; Jessica Baily of Juliette, Georgia; Mackenzie Bailey of Maryland; Matthew Bailey of Fort Meade, Maryland; and Kim Pope of Canton, Georgia. Chuck also says goodbye to twelve great grandchildren Ashley, Ashton, Austin, Cade, Cameron, Davis, Hunter, Jackson, Kaitlyn, Lindsey, Ryan, Zack and one great, great grandchild, Kieryn.
Chuck was a veteran of World War II, having served aboard the USS Missouri throughout the war. He stood proudly on the deck of the Missouri and witnessed the signing of the peace treaty that resulted from the Japanese surrender, signaling the end of World War II. Following the signing he was one of a group of seamen that went ashore and cleared weapons and hidden soldiers from the various bunkers and tunnels they occupied. During his retirement it was very seldom you saw Chuck without his USS Missouri cap sitting proudly on his head.
Chuck retired from Western Electric and he and his wife, Mickey, who passed in June of 2015, spent numerous days traveling, camping and sightseeing his beloved America. Chuck and Mickey later moved to a home on the Withlacoochee River in Istachatta, Florida and enjoyed a leisure life of fishing and socializing with their many friends and visiting the Monday flea market in Webster, Florida. They moved to St. Mary’s in 2001. They were both members of the First Presbyterian Church of St Marys, Georgia.
Visitation will be held Saturday morning, January 2, from 10:30 to 11:30 at Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home followed by graveside services at noon in Oak Grove Cemetery with Pastor Rick Douylliez officiating.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.