DEXTER -- Dr. E. G. Bailey Jr., son of the late Dr. Earl G. Bailey Sr. and Lessie Pittman Bailey was born on Aug. 1, 1920, in Maywood, and departed this life on July 24, 2008, at his residence in Dexter, at the age of 87 years.
Dr. Bailey graduated from the Texas A & M University in 1943 and was a veteran of the United States Army, having served as a major with the Veterinarian Corps. Dr. Bailey spent 15 months in active duty in the South Pacific during World War II.
Dr. Bailey was a practicing veterinarian until the time of his death and spent several years operating the Stoddard Animal Clinic, having taken over the practice in Dexter that his father began before him. Most recently, he had served in the Sikeston area, providing veterinarian services to that area.
Dr. Bailey was a past president of the Missouri Veterinarian Board and was named Missouri Veterinarian of the year in 1972. He conducted numerous horse shows and rodeos, was a member of the Crowley Ridge Flyers and served on the Airport Board. He was also a member of the Dexter Masonic Lodge No. 532, Dexter Lions Club and First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Dexter, where he was an active member of the choir. Dr. Bailey considered the most important things in life to be family, church and serving his country. "Once a solider, always a solider," was a favorite line of his.
On Dec. 31, 1969, in Dexter, he was united in marriage to Barbara Shelby, who survives of the home in Dexter.
Other survivors include: one son, Dr. Larry S. Bailey of Plant City, Fla.; three daughters, Carolyn Sue Caton of Missoula, Mont. and Barbara Ann Hendley and Sheri Lynn Reynolds both of Bloomfield; two brothers, Max Clodfelter of Poplar Bluff and Roy T. Clodfelter of the state of Florida; one sister Ellen Bailey Barstad of Dayton, Nev.; and six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Ruth Bailey; one sister, Mary Ruth Perkins; and one grandson, Cody Hendley.
Friends may call at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 5 until 8 p.m. Monday, where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Vaughn Wright officiating.
Interment will follow in the Dexter Cemetery with full military honors.
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Memorials may be made to:
The First Christian Church
Disciples of Christ Building Fund
224 E. Stoddard
Dexter, MO 63841