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Dallin James Bailey Jr., age 71 of 1318 St. Andrews Church Rd., Sanford, NC passed on Friday, January 4, 2019 at his residence.
On the afternoon of January 4, 2019, our beloved Dallin James Bailey, Jr. (Skip), was given his wings and returned into eternal rest at his residence in Sanford, North Carolina. He was born the second child out of five on June 15, 1947, to the late Dallin James Bailey, Sr. and Lake Erie Judd Bailey. Our family was blessed to have had him for 71 wonderful years.
He was baptized at a young age, faithfully attended St. Paul Baptist Church in MD and later attended White Oak Missionary Baptist Church in Lillington, NC. He received his education in the Baltimore City Public School System, graduating from Southern High School in 1965. Soon after, his dad Randolph helped him get a job at the General Motors Corporation, there he worked with his siblings and best friend Ben Smith (Rosie). Dallin was introduced to his sweetheart, Gloria Wilson by his mom and on July 30, 1970, they married in holy matrimony. In 1973, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University and became employed as a pipefitter by trade at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard in Maryland.
Our Dallin (Skip) was full of energy, handsome, popular, known for his cool walk, charisma like smile, wearing his stylish clothes, cool hats, and sun shades. He loved playing spades and shooting pool with his Ace Warren (Bruno). He loved to repair things with his hands whether it was around the house or at his part time job as an automotive mechanic (younger days). Oh how dad loved his cars; to name a few, he drove a Cutlass Supreme with T-tops and a Honey Gold Camaro and displayed his Model T cars around the house. He loved his Westerns, Rawhide (Clint Eastwood) was one of his favorites that he watched over and over again with his close-knit brother-in-law Adrian; he danced and sang to his favorite music group the “Temptations’, as youngsters he and his brothers sang their tunes on the corner together.
He was a proud son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He prided catering to his Mom Lake, whom he would drive to and from work every day faithfully. His father Randy who called him “JD” for short always gave him wise advice and for that he respected him. He looked up to his oldest brother Eugene; he and Warren had a special bond because they were always together and Warren was his personal “mover” whenever we relocated; he was protective over his baby sister Toyia whom he specially loved; and spoiled his younger brother Edwin by treating him to anything he asked for. One of his best-loved sayings to his wife was “who loves you baby” in his Telly Savalas voice. His first born Andrea was the “apple of his eye, Davia was caring and loyal, and he was proud of Dallin III because he finally had a son to call his own.
After retiring, mom and dad relocated to Sanford, NC. He loved living minutes away from his favorite cousins Jessie, Cleo, Darrell, Tripp, Larry, Linwood, Diane and favorite Aunt Betty. Shortly after moving, dad started working part-time at the Habitat for Humanity. He was a hard worker and lived by the words “work hard and play later”.
In his absence, he leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife Gloria Bailey of 48 years; two daughters, Andrea E. Brown, Davia D. Bailey, and one son Dallin J. Bailey III; four grandchildren, Xiavian R. Brown, George F. Brown, Myracle K. Brown, and Kailyn R. Bailey; father, Randolph Butler; four special siblings, Eugene (Gloria), Warren Bruno (Sharon), Toyia Brown, Edwin Maurice; one aunt, Betty Judd; one uncle, Arthur Lee McNeill; three sisters in-law, Venus McKay (Adrian), Joyce Wilson, Renee Worthan (Jr.); nieces and nephews, Victoria, Veronica, Stacey, Nikki, Gene, Minyon, Kai (Lynn), Adrian, Lawrence, Joe, David, Lee, and Kelli; and a host of other cousins, relatives, and friends.
Arrangements By: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford