Melvin Bailey

Melvin Lee Bailey, 70, of Havana died Friday, April 22, 2005, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Snicarte, a son of Robert Herman and Lela Friend Lippert Bailey. He married Katherine Allard on Dec. 10, 1955. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Rodney Lee (and Delores) of Ipava, and Darran and Bradley, both of Havana; three daughters, Dara (and Roy) Bennett of Canton, and Kimberly (and Terry) Bennett and Valorie Stutsman, both of Havana; one stepson, Eric (and Edith) Allard; four stepdaughters, Jeanette Antoncew, Judy Ladd, Annette (and Rodger) Bassett and Phyllis Smith; one sister, Marsha A. Roberts of Cortez, Colo; five half sisters, Eileen Eshelman of Urbana, Eloise Toland of Metamora, Estalee Maddox of Anthony, N.M., Evelyn Adami of Washburn and Ruby Yost of San Benito, Texas; 16 grandchildren; 15 stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 22 step- great-grandchildren; and five step-great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Brian Keith; one stepbrother, Aaron Lippert; and two grandchildren.

He worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 31 years before retiring in 1986. He also worked at Bailey Tree Service and at the Havana Bowling Alley when he was young.

Cremation was accorded. A memorial service was held at Dickson Mounds State Park on Sunday. Hurley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 9/28/2005

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