William "Bill" Bailey
William Frederick “Bill” Bailey, 79, of East Palatka, passed from this life on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at his home following an extended illness. He was a native of Palatka and a lifelong resident of Putnam County with the exception of his 15 years in the U.S. Army. Bill bravely and honorably served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Following the war, he taught Earth and Space Science and Physics at Palatka South High School from 1972-1976. Following this, Bill worked 32 years at the Palatka Daily News as Circulation Director. He then returned to teach Earth and Space Science at Palatka High School from 2000-2011. He was also a former member of the Palatka Kiwanis Club. In his leisure time, Bill enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, raising Bonsai Trees and collecting guns.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick E. Bailey and Rachel Graves Bailey, a daughter, Suzy Kaye Bradford and a sister, Rachel Rebecca Tomberlin.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Judy Bailey of East Palatka, a sister, Linda Lucille Bailey of East Palatka, 4 grandchildren, Logan Bailey-Judd (Demi Janett), Bryan Judd (Jennifer), Judy Bradford and Jason Bradford (Kim) and 4 great-great-grandchildren, Brixon Judd, Kason Bradford, Haley Feagin and Noah Feagin. Also Wesley Levine and Kaley Rene Mew; two very dear special grandchildren.
Memorial services celebrating Bill’s life will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Trinity Baptist Church in Palatka with Pastor Willie McKinnon, Jr. officiating. The U.S. Army will also render military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to SAFE Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 188, Hollister, FL 32147.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Bill’s Book of Memories page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.