Robert Theodore Bailey, 76, Mt. Juliet, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 6 at his home.
Bailey was born in Taylor, Texas on July 10, 1937. He was the son of the late, Charles Angus and Mary Hicks Bailey. Mr. Bailey attended Taylor High School and briefly attended Texas A&M and the University of Texas. He served in the United States Naval Submarine Service for 31 years and retired with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. Mr. Bailey was the Chief of the Boat (COB) on several submarines with his last tour being the Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) submarine the USS Hamilton. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Good Conduct Medal eight times. Throughout his naval career he was stationed in Groton, Conn., Shreveport, La., Amarillo, Texas and Pearl Harbor, Hi.. His service to our country spanned three decades which included the Korean, Vietnam and Cold Wars. The submarine force was a major nuclear war deterrent of that time. Mr. Bailey always had a love for animals, especially horses and dogs. He was a man of integrity and kindness. He was an honest and hard-working family man with a gentile nature. Mr. Bailey was a devout Christian and spent his life serving the Lord and helping others. As sails are to a ship, so is God’s spirit to our lives. Mr. Bailey was also preceded in death by son, Patrick Bailey; step-father, Ernest Olsen; granddaughter, Therese Renee Bailey and brother, Frank Bailey. Bob’s family was a delight and blessing to his heart.
He is survived by: wife of 55 years, Therese Gagnon Bailey of Mt. Juliet; sons, Robert T. (Julie) Bailey, Jr. of Smyrna, William (Quincy Smith) Bailey of Austin, Texas; James (Leigh Ann Reece) Bailey of Roanoke, Va.; Matthew (Beth) Bailey of Westerly, RI; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Bailey, 24 Grandchildren and 12 Great-grandchildren.
The following were also an influence in Bailey’s life and he was thankful for them: childhood friend, Herman (Marian) Leudtke; Ron (Joann) Gauss of Bishop Seabury Church, Groton, Conn.; Jim (Louise) Schneider of Pleasant Valley Church, Groton, Conn.; Jim Bennett of Christ Fellowship, Taylor, Texas; Hank (Ruth) Mueller, Don (Fran) Hellmandollar, Bill (Donna) Babbitt, all of the intercessors that prayed for Mr. Bailey and Minister James W. Goll of Ministry to the Nations. The family also wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Timothy Kreth, Cardiologist at the TriStar Summit Medical Center, Hermitage. His kindness and expert care were extraordinary.
Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 11 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Rev. Willis Orr officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Interment with full military honors followed at 1 p.m. at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, Nashville, TN.
In memory of Mr. Bailey, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663, www.bondmemorial.com.