Gerald Allen Bailey passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Moses Cone Hospital.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 2:00 pm with Rev. Sarah Carver officiating. A reception will follow in the Haywood Duke room.
Allen was born in Tulsa, OK to the late Gerald Robert Bailey and Caretha Fern Allen Bailey. Allen was active in scouting and earned the Eagle Scout Award. His father served as leader of his scout troop and earned the Silver Beaver Award during his leadership with the scout troop. He was involved with baseball from childhood into adulthood and coached his children's baseball teams. Allen played in the band in high school leading the marching band and the high school dance band. He continued his love of music into adulthood. He was a member of the Nashville Community Band and American Legion Post 5 band in Nashville. He also sang in church choirs much of his adult life.
Allen graduated from Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, OK in the class of 1958. He continued his education at Tulsa University graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked at North American Aviation in Tulsa, OK; Avco Aerostructures (now Triumph Aerostructures) Nashville, TN; and VF Services in Greensboro.
After retirement Allen was a volunteer during the early formation of the Barnabus Network; he participated as a volunteer with the Greensboro Interfaith Hospitality Network and he volunteered with the English as a Second Language program and with the Hot Dish and Hope program. He was grateful for the love and support he received from the clergy, staff and members at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. He served on the Gateway Commission, completed a four year Bible study Education for Ministry, participated in the Servant Leadership program and was a member of the TWIGS group.
He enjoyed woodworking and made many items for the family. One item in particular has been enjoyed by most of the grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed gardening and shared the love of quilting and machine embroidery with his wife. They were both Charter members of Gate City Quilt Guild.
He was grateful for the many supportive resources that were available to him as he battled Parkinson's disease. He joined the Rock Steady Boxing group in Greensboro where he proudly addressed himself as "Buster", his fighter name. He also worked out regularly at A.C.T. by Deese with his trainer Josh and received support from the Hamil Kerr Challenge Foundation.
In addition to his parents, Allen was predeceased by his brother, Paul Logan Bailey and his son, Thomas Ward Bailey.
Allen is survived by his loving wife, Janet Greene Neff Bailey; son, Robert (Bob) Bailey (Michelle); daughter, Paula Bailey Vanderpool (Larry); sisters-in-law, Jane Bailey and Terry Cox; step sons, Thomas Neff III (Kathy), Randal Neff (Lisa); step daughter, Sandra Neff Harju (John); grandchildren, Kristin Vanderpool Wills (Jason), Cory Vanderpool (Amanda); step grandchildren, Thomas Neff IV (Amer), Ashley Neff, Jordan Neff, Jayne Harju, John Harju Jr., Johnathon Pace; great grandchildren, Audrey Wills, Emiley Wills, Charlotte Wills, Arabella Neff, Aubree Peterson, Kyler Wallace, George Key, Jayden Key, Michael Pace; nephew, Quinn Bailey; niece, Kimberly Black.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. 607 N. Greene St., Greensboro, NC. 27401 in memory of Gerald Allen Bailey.
Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is serving the Bailey family. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com