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Eddie Lee Bailey Sr.

November 17, 1927 ~ March 7, 2019 (age 91)

Mr. Eddie Lee Bailey Sr. was born November 17, 1927 in Hollygrove, AR, to the union of Leslie and Vernita Bailey. He married the love of his life, Rosie Burnette Taylor, on April 15, 1947 in Forrest City, AR. Out of that union they had 12 children.

His family relocated to South Bend, IN. He retired after 42 years at South Bend Lathe. Eddie established his own business; Bailey’s Rubbish Hauling. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, landscaping, and bowling (he participated on several bowling leagues). He enjoyed sports, and home improvement projects. He spent endless hours educating and nurturing his family and community. He was a pillar of the community known as “Granddaddy”. He was a member of Emmanuel Church of Deliverance, where he served on the Deacon board, and several other auxiliaries. He was a member of the Martin Luther King Senior Men’s Club.

Eddie departed this life on March 7, 2019 at his residence after a brief illness; surrounded by loving children and grandchildren.

Eddie leaves to cherish his precious memories six loving daughters; Fines Bailey-Mosby (Maurice Mosby), Verda Bailey (Gregory Broadnax, Sr.), Barbara (Robert) Reese, Joyce (Roger) Giles, Katherine Bailey, Cynthia (Edward) Thomas, two sons; Eddie L. Bailey, Jr., Arthur L. Bailey all of South Bend, IN. One brother; Columbus G. Bailey of St. Louis, MO. Three sister-in-laws; Lillian Taylor-Harrison, Daisy Winborn, and Viola Taylor, one brother-in-law; James Taylor all of South Bend, IN. A daughter-in-law; Anita Bailey of Indianapolis, IN. 21 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 52 great-great-grandchildren.

Eddie was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years; Rosie B. Bailey, two sons; Elvie Bailey and George Bailey; two daughters; Eddie Mae Bailey and Patricia Bailey, his parents; Leslie and Vernita Bailey, one sister; Viola Vaughn, two brothers; LaMarr Bailey and Jewel Bailey, two grandsons; Jamarr Broadnax and Brian Bailey, and great-granddaughter; Briana Bailey.

Eddie L. Bailey, Sr. will be greatly missed.


Services for Eddie L. Bailey Sr. will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Pentecostal Cathedral C.O.G.I.C. Visitation will take place at 12:00 Noon, with services following at 1:00 p.m.

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