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Visitation for William Harold Bailey Sr., 77, of Decatur, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Shelton Funeral Home Chapel. The family will hold a celebration of life service at 6 p.m. Monday at Grant Street Church of Christ, Alan Watkins officiating.
Mr. Bailey, who died Friday, June 2, at Decatur Morgan Hospital, was born May 12, 1940, in Cullman County to William K. and Gladys Tankersley Bailey.
He was a graduate of Auburn University and worked with Auburn Extension service, Helena Chemical, was a founding partner of Dixie Agriculture Supply and retired with United Agriculture products as seed manager for the southeast. He farmed with his son, Bill, in Greenbrier and was an elder at Grant Street Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Adonis L. Bailey; son, William "Bill" H. Bailey Jr. of Greenbrier; two daughters, Lori Bailey Shrode (Tim) of Madison and Andrea Bailey Abernathy (Ken) of Wetumka; five grandchildren, William "Tex" Bailey, Riley Shrode, Tyler Abernathy, Madeline Shrode and Emma Grace Bailey; a sister, Betty Balch of Cullman; and his mother-in-law, Nell Long of Owens Cross Roads.
Pallbearers will be William Bailey, Tyler Abernathy, Ken Abernathy, Al Cheatham, Riley Shrode, Tim Shrode, Charles Wilder and Herlan Callan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Shannon Long, Augustine Guiterrez, Pat Waldrop, Jackie Tidwell, Sherman Long, Darrell Johnson, Richard Myers and the elders of Grant Street Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HopeQuest Resources International, 320 Cheyenne Drive, West Monroe, LA 71291; or the Grant Street Church of Christ Building Fund.
Guestbook available at www.sheltonfuneralhome.net.
Published on June 3, 2017
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