Joe Edwin Bailey, 67, of Nevada, Mo., died Wednesday July 25, 2007, at Nevada Regional Medical Center, after fighting a battle against lung cancer. Joe was born June 26, 1940, in Nevada, Mo., to Henry Edward Bailey and Kathryn Howell.
He was married Oct. 4, 1961, in Las Vegas, Nev., to Kathryn Banes.
Mr. Bailey spent 12 years in the United States Air Force serving in Vietnam. Full military honors will help celebrate Joe's life.
He and his family moved back to Nevada, in December 1969, where he worked for the Ford Dealership for many years before becoming co-owner of Auto Spot until 1997. Joe was a past member of the Eagles Organization in Nevada and the VFW. Joe was an avid sports fan when it came to the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs, along with Nascar races. He loved all aspects of nature whether it be hunting, fishing or just watching the wildlife out his back window.
Survivors include his wife Kathryn Bailey, one son, Robert Bailey and wife Julie of Nevada, two daughters, Tracy Garren of Henderson, N.C., and Abby Cagle and husband David of Kirksville, Mo. Also included are eight grandchildren. Ryan Miller. Brittaney and William Bailey; Katie, Tyler and Nicholas Cagle, and Joe and Jared Garreti. Also with one great-grandson, Ethen. Joe is survived by his stepmother., Sarah Bailey, of Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada, a stepbrother, Victor Minnis and wife Rosann of Raymore, Mo., two half sisters, Cheryl and Kathy, and his mother-in-law, Ellen Bowker of Irwin, Mo., and many nieces, nephews, friends and beloved pets.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Henry Bailey of Nevada, in May of 2005, his mother, Kathryn Bunker, two daughters, Carla and Barbra Bailey, one sister, Francis Kay Bailey, and one stepbrother, Kenneth G. Minnis.
Services to celebrate Joe's life will be Saturday, July 28, at 1 p.m., with family receiving friends at 12 p.m., the same day at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. The burial will be at Newton Burial Park in Nevada with the Rev. James McCoy officiating. Joe's obituary may be viewed online at Evergreen Memorial Chapel's Web site.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in his name to the American Cancer Society.