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Willie J. Bailey

Funeral services for Willie J. Bailey will be on Friday, February 5, 2016, at Galilee Baptist Church in Rockport, MS at 11:00 AM with burial to take place in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery in Crystal Springs immediately afterwards. Bro. Gene Jordan will be officiating the services while Brookhaven Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will also be at Galilee Baptist Church that same morning from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM.

Mr. Bailey, 87, passed from this life on February 1, 2016 at St Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS. He was born September 9, 1928 in Hazlehurst, MS, to John Hemby Bailey and Elma Walters Bailey. He was of the Baptist faith and a faithful member of Galilee Baptist Church in Rockport, MS. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He loved his family, his church and church family, visiting with neighbors and friends, hunting, and camping. He also enjoyed riding his four-wheeler with his faithful dog Buddy by his side, and especially riding in the mud with his daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; sons, Bobby Joe and John Wayne Bailey; and 4 brothers and 5 sisters.

Survivors are his wife, Mattie Mae McManus Bailey of Hazlehurst, MS; daughter, Rita Runnels and her husband David, also of Hazlehurst; grandchildren, Jason Bailey and Jana Walker of Hazlehurst, MS, Jamie Runnels of Prentiss, MS, and Jonathan Runnels of New Hebron, MS; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Madelynn, Peyton Bailey, Karley, Keith, Conner Morgan, Jade and Jared Whittington, Bailey Walker, and Kynlea Runnels; sister, Lena Townsend; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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