Funeral Services for Mr. Eddie DeRoy Bailey, 64, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, September 29, 2008, at Alexander Funeral Chapel in Wilson with his brother Lloyd Bailey giving tribute.
Burial will follow at Reck Cemetery near Wilson with Full Military Honors from Shepphard Air Force Base. Alexander Funeral Home in Wilson is in charge of arrangements.
Eddie was born December 9, 1943, in Seminole to the late Mr. Thomas Alexander and Mrs. Opal Marie Taylor Bailey. He departed this life volunteering his time as part of the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Team at League City, Texas near Galveston on Tuesday September 23, 2008.
Eddie attended elementary school at Zaneis and high school at Cortez, Colo., where he played football. He joined the United States Air Force on October of 1961, as a Combat Medic until 1969, and then joined the Oklahoma Air National Guard, serving there as a Combat Medic until 1997. He served his country proudly for more than 36 years, retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant.
He attended college at Central State University in Edmond where he received his bachelors degree majoring in nursing. He later received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Oklahoma City University.
He married the former Joyce Fitzsimmons and of this union came two sons, Keith Alan and Michael David Bailey. He would later marry the former Marquita Pearl Johnson at Shook United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City and of this union came children, Frederick Wayne McGehee, Marc Douglas McGehee, Shandrah Sharmel Bremner and Sheila Gail Ivings.
Eddie had lived in the Oklahoma City area for almost 30 years. He also had lived in Fort Smith, Ark. for seven years and was currently residing in Cullman, Ala. with his wife Marquita.
Ed was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and Desert Storm and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cullman Ala. Post 2214. Four of his grandchildren have also served in the U.S. Military forces or are currently serving who include, Marc Douglas, veteran of Desert Storm, Jenna Bailey, currently serving in the U.S. Navy, Corpus Christi, Texas, Jessica Bailey, U.S. Navy stationed on the USS Chaffee in Pearl Harbor, and Justin Henderson, currently in Texas Air National. Guard, Fort Worth, Texas. Ed also retired from OU Medical as registered Nurse employed there for 20 years.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Brian Wayne McGehee.
Survivors include his wife Col. (Select) Marquita Pearl Johnson-Bailey, of Cullman; four sons, Keith Alan Bailey and wife, Julie, of Kentucky, Michael David Bailey and wife, Bonnie, of Oklahoma City, Marc Douglas McGehee and wife, Kyla, of Houston, Frederic Wayne McGehee and wife, Karen, of Tulsa; two daughters, Shandrah Sharmel Bremner and husband, William, of Fort Smith, and Sheila Gail Ivings and husband, Bryce, of Bradenton, Fla.; six grandsons and five granddaughters, one great-granddaughter, one brother, Lloyd “Sam” Bailey and wife, Patti, of South Padre Island, Texas; several Nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Pallbearers will be Brice Ivings, Gary Garland, Blake Garland, Hobie Horn, Jeff Horn and Johnnie Taylor, and the Sheppard Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Honorary Bearers will be members of the 137th Medical Group of the Oklahoma Air National Guard.
Family visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight evening at the funeral home in Wilson.
Condolences may be sent to www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.