OBITUARY GLADSTONE W BAILEY April 24, 1924 – August 31, 2018 Gladstone William “G.W”/ “Bud” Bailey, aged 94, of Little Rock, was born on April 24, 1924 in Maywood, Illinois and died on August 31st. He was the second child of Berneice Suender Bailey and Gladstone William “Glad” Bailey. He met his future wife, Phyllis Ann Dugan at the Newman Club in Cincinnati. They married on September 17, 1949 at St. Mary’s Church. Marrying our mom was his best life choice! Bud was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Phyllis, sister Patricia Coon, and brother James Bailey. He is survived by his children- Ann Bailey Bain (Jim), Bill Bailey, and Bob Bailey (Brenda). He is also survived by his grandchildren- Tara Strain (Billy), Adam Hall (Stacey), Mary Virginia Grandle (Reid), George Bain (Jenny), Eleanor Bain, Christine Bailey (Parker Brooks), Nicole Bailey, Lauren Bailey (Andrew Madden), and Jenna Bailey. As well as great-Grandchildren-Bailey Strain, Crawford Strain, Sadie Hall, Henry Hall, Olivia Grandle, Mary Brooke Grandle, and Millie Grandle. Dad was a faithful member of the Catholic Church and considered himself blessed to have been a part of the Good Counsel, St. Theresa and Christ the King church family. He was very proud of his fourth degree Knights of Columbus status and was active with that group for many years. He was also a very proud World War II Marine Corps veteran. One of his special memories was being able to go on the WWII Honor Flight to Washington (with thanks to Bob for escorting him!). Dad was a one-of-a-kind character. He was outgoing and was always just a little bit, OK, maybe a lot, full of himself. Dugan family members speculated that mom was attracted to dad because he was a handsome rascal and she was very shy while he never met a stranger. Dad helped to make her more comfortable with meeting new people and joining new groups. She kept him grounded, was a true saint on earth, and was the family “glue”. We had a wonderful childhood, have blessed lives, and are forever thankful to both of our parents for being the special people that they were. Dad’s cooking claim to fame was BBQ chicken that was blackened on the outside while remaining pink on the inside. His solution to our complaints was “put more sauce on it, it’s fine”. He also made family appetizers for the weekly family viewing of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. These appetizers were Ritz crackers with various shapes of cheese and lunchmeat. We thought they were great! Saturday breakfast included well done pancakes that dad convinced us were in special shapes such as Mickey Mouse or Christmas trees. He always had a project. Whether it was making clocks in the shape of the State of Arkansas, planting his garden (with thanks to Joe Glancy for keeping that garden going for many years), or upholstering furniture. He was always busy. At Parkway Village he was the main Bingo caller – a role he really enjoyed. He kept candy in his room to give to the children who visited the facility. He never stopped asking, “Is there anything I can do for you?”. He cherished his friends and was a very giving person. He was also a practical joker with historical jokes that will (some will say unfortunately) survive for generations to come. Dad was one of the hardest workers we have ever known and he taught each of us the value of a strong work ethic. Dad used to always say that his greatest wealth was his family. He was sometimes a challenge to us in his later years as he struggled with aging and the physical limitations that accompanied that. He loved spending time with friends, great music, dancing, the lake, his workshop area, and a stiff drink, but most of all he loved and cherished his family. Dad, we know that you are in heaven with mom! Turn on the Mills Brothers tunes and ask that beautiful dark haired woman to dance. We know mom is so happy to be with you. Rumor has it that she and Aunt Jane have a big heavenly party planned for you. Thank you dad for always being there for us, for believing in us, and for loving us. We love you and we will miss your sweet and rascally self! Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 4000 N. Rodney Parham, Little Rock 72212 with Father Taryn Whittington as Celebrant. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th St., Little Rock (501) 661-9111. The family invites you to join them in a toast to celebrate the life of Bud Bailey. The family requests that donations be made to the Phyllis Ann Bailey Endowment at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 South University Avenue, Little Rock, AR. 72204. Send Flowers Show Your Support Share Obituary share to facebook share by email share link Receive Notifications
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