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Howard Gale Bailey, 76, Adair County, KY (1941-2017)

He had retired from Columbia Utilities Commission in the Water Plant Operation. He was a member of Russell Heights Baptist Church, where he played the piano for years, and was a member of the Singing Bailey Family. He was an accomplished musician, who could create beautiful music from any instrument. He was a member of one of Adair County's most beloved and honored families. He was a native of Estill County, KY, the son of the late H.J. Bailey and Glydus Bailey, who survives, as does his wife, Julia Neat Bailey. He leaves four direct living descendants. His final resting place will be in New Hope Cemetery, in the Ella Community of Adair County.
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Howard Gale Bailey, 76, of Columbia, KY, died Friday, January 5, 2018 at his home.

The funeral service will be at 1pmCT, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Jerry Puteet and Bro. Vitis Bailey officiating. Burial in New Hope Cemetery, 131 New Hope Cemetery Road, Columbia, KY. Visitation will be after 4pmCT, Monday, January 8, 2018, at the funeral home.

Howard Gale Bailey, 76, Adair County, KY (1941-2017)

He was born Wednesday, July 9, 1941, in Irvine, Estill County, KY. He was the son of Glydus Bailey, who survives, and the late H.J. Bailey. He died Friday, January 5, 2018, in Columbia, Adair County, KY, at the age of 76 years, five months, and 27 days. In addition to his father, H.J. Bailey, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ada Abbott.

He retired from Columbia Utilities Commission in the Water Plant Operation, was a member of Russell Heights Baptist Church, where he played the piano for years, a member of the Singing Bailey Family and an accomplished musician, making music from any instrument.

Survivors include:
  • His wife: Julia Neat Bailey, Columbia, KY

  • His daughter & son-in-law: Missy & Shane Garmon of Columbia, KY

  • His mother: Glydus Bailey of Columbia, KY

  • Three brothers: Junior Bailey & his wife Sue; Bill Bailey & his wife Dorthy; and Danny Bailey & his wife Linda, all of Columbia, KY

  • One sister: Irene Harmon of Glens Fork, KY

  • Two grandsons: Trey and Tanner Garmon

  • One great-granddaughter: Aubree Rey Garmon

  • And several other relatives and friends
Send condolences to the family of Howard Gale Bailey

In lieu of flowers, donations of Gideon Bibles would be appreciated. These may be made at the funeral home.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home/a>, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, is in charge of arrangements.

This story was posted on 2018-01-06 14:19:37

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Howard Gale Bailey, 76, Adair County, KY (1941-2017)

2018-01-06 - 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo from Grissom-Martin Funeral Home.

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