William “Bill” Bailey, 87, of McLeansboro, passed away 5:22 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 9, 1925, in Golden Gate in Edwards County, the son of Carl Bailey and Ina Mae (St. Ledger) Bailey. He married Margaret Carleen (Johnson) Bailey on June 13, 1979, in McLeansboro and she preceded him in death on March 11, 2008.
Bill served in the U.S. Navy as a gunners mate 2nd class from Sept. 20, 1943, to March 15, 1946. He served on the USS Whippett in the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign during WW II. He worked for the state police, having retired from the Illinois State Police and having worked in districts 12, 13 and 19. He was also a farmer. He was Protestant by faith and attended Hopewell Baptist Church. He was a member of the V.F.W. in Carmi and the American Legion in McLeansboro.
He is survived by two daughters, Donetta Reed and companion Marvin Malone of McLeansboro and Billie Banovz and husband Randy of McLeansboro; one son, Rick Bailey and wife Janice of McLeansboro; two stepsons, John Scattone and wife Marsha of McLeansboro and Mike Scattone and wife Valerie of Crossville; grandchildren, Gina Miller and friend James Holliday of Ziegler, Angie Burgett and husband Chad of Charleston, Alex Banovz of Denver, Stacey Winemiller and husband Clint of McLeansboro, Johnathan Scattone and wife Sue, Benjamin and Makayla Scattone of McLeansboro and Meagan Bailey of Centralia; great-grandchildren, Stephanie Miller, Mattie and Logan Burgett, Alyssa, Adrianne Baily of McLeansboro, Malachi Musgrave and Jake Scattone; sisters, Nancy Fervert and husband Frank of Mattoon, Jeri Briggs of Booneville, Ind., Anna Mae Hoffee and husband John of Fairfield, Fernie Attwood of Fairfield and Dorris Marie Bergner and husband Sheldon of Olney; and special friend, Coleen Clevenger of Fairfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ina Mae and his wife, Carleen.