Harvey Joe Bailey, age 85, of Pearcy, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 27, 2017.
He was born on March 14,
1932 in Murfreesboro, the son of Marshall Bailey and Gurtha Bateman Bailey. On Jan. 22, 1955, he married Eva Phillips. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Phillip Bailey and Harold Bailey; and two sisters, Adell Phillips and Molly Wright.
Harvey Joe Bailey – beloved husband to his sweetheart of
62 years, Eva. He was a cherished father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who lived every day in service for the Lord.
Joe never met a stranger and was a living witness to everyone that crossed his path. Always greeting folks with a big smile and a warm hug. “The Candy Man” always had a kind word or funny joke to share along with a temptation of a piece of candy for everyone, especially the members of Pearcy Baptist Church.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter whose goal was never to simply catch or kill, but rather to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and fellowship with his friends and family. You would never see Joe without his thermos or cup of coffee in his hand. Even in 100 degree weather he’d say that it cooled him off by pushing all the heat out of his body. The amazing stories of the great adventures of the life and times of Harvey Jocephus Alphonzo Jackson Bailey will forever be his legacy.
He is survived by his loving wife, Eva Bailey of Pearcy; two daughters and one son-in-law, Terri and Willard Morrison of Malvern and Sherri Tan of Carrollton, Ga.; four grandchildren, Holly and Dustin Bosley, of Friendship, Matthew and Rachael Morrison, of Rogersville, Mo., Mandy Morrison and Jesse Morrison, both of Malvern; four great-grandchildren, Michael Bosley, Lilli Bosley, Isaac Bosley and Levi Bosley, all of Friendship; one sister and brother-in-law, Lois “Tootsie” and Kenneth Harris of Royal; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of wonderful friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Pearcy Baptist Church with Bro. Phillip Millard officiating.
Interment will be in Beaton Cemetery, near Bismarck, under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs.
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. today, at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be John Williams, Larry Bailey, Jimmy White, Rodney Neighbors, Dewey Neighbors and Bubba Spray.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Garland County Hunting Club.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Joe’s name to Pearcy Baptist Church, 5985 Airport Road, Pearcy, AR, 71964.
Guest registry is at http:// www.davis-smith.com.