Bobby Gray Bailey

Published 1:28 pm Sunday, October 10, 2021

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Bobby Gray Bailey, 90, died at his home on Oct. 7, 2021.

He was born on Nov. 2, 1930 to Claude Odell “Ned” Bailey and Illa Aaron Bailey in Davie County. He was a graduate of Shady Grove High School. While in the fifth grade, he met Maxine, who would eventually become his bride. Following their marriage, he joined Mocks United Methodist Church. A master carpenter, he retired from Floratine and later did contract work for Pine Hall Brick Co. He and Maxine spent many hours working together on woodworking projects. He would do the building, and she would do the decorating. He loved carp fishing. It has been said that he was one of the best around. When others saw him approaching, they would pack up and leave because he would fish all the carp out of the pond. He enjoyed sports and was a fan of the Cleveland Indians and the NC State Wolfpack.

He will be remembered as a quiet, humble man with a good sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Maxine Phelps Bailey.

Survivors: 2 daughters, Sue (Henry) Johnson and Jan Bailey, all of Advance; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Betty Stevenson and Bill (Peggy) Bailey, all of Advance.

A graveside service will be held at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Mocks United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Luke Mitchell officiating.

Memorials: Mocks UMC, PO Box 2122, Advance.