Anyone who had a chance to know him knew what a genuinely wonderful person he was. The world lost someone special, and he will be missed dearly by his friends and family. He was the hardest worker, a caring provider, and the best dad anyone could hope to have. Bruce was the type of person who would always be there for you and would go out of his way to perform acts of kindness and selflessness the world could use more of.
He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Hoover Bailey.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Townsend Bailey; his precious daughter, Brooke Bailey Middleton (Michael); his loving son, Matt Bailey (Katie); and his little buddies, grandsons, Liam Baker Middleton and Tanner Shaw Bailey, all of whom were the gifts he prized most in this life, family. In addition, he is survived by his two furry grandchildren, Lilly Leu' and Daisy Deu' Middleton. He is also survived by his mother, Latrive Bailey; his three brothers, Larry Bailey (Shelia), David Bailey (Barbara), and Wendell Bailey; and brother-in-law, Tracy Townsend (Ellen).
Bruce was a member of East Pointe Church of Christ. Mr. Bailey was born in Birmingham and raised in Nauvoo. He was a graduate of Carbon Hill High School, where he excelled in many sports. He married Jane Townsend, July 5, 1974, and they just celebrated 38 years of marriage. They added two wonderful children, Brooke and then Matt. He worked for Maxine Mine and Jim Walter Resources. He and Jane founded Bailey's Lawn Service, where he thrived as a hard worker and provided excellent service. He became disabled but still put forth more effort than the average man. He was gifted in all things. He had a knack for being able to fix the complex of problems.
Bruce took an active role in the lives of his children. He provided a most wonderful childhood to them and insisted that Jane stay at home and raise the children. He was active in their lives, coaching baseball and an avid fan of their tennis abilities. Nothing made him prouder than for Brooke to become a nurse and Matt becoming a nurse and then returning to medical school, where he is currently a resident in general surgery. He often feared that he would not live to see all of our dreams come to fruition. Then, Liam was born. He loved that child more than life itself. He was his little buddy and he cared for him as his own child. Matt was blessed with a beautiful child, Tanner, in Lexington, Kent. and his cup runneth over.
Among the activities he enjoyed were hunting and fishing. He loved a challenge and was able to work on cars by simply reading a book. Matt remembers his father's love of fishing, hunting, hardworking, self-sacrificing, and being the best father that I could have hoped for.
Brooke remembers that he was the first person to the hospital, when my labor was started with Liam. He was so nervous that he got lost when trying to return to the hospital. After Liam was born, he went outside and whelped. He said that he was thankful his baby and new baby were fine. I will miss that about my dad. He could always be counted on and was my “Daddie.” A hole is now in my heart that will never be replaced.
Honorary pallbearers are dear lifelong friends, Carlos and Shelby Smith, Tina Johnson, Will Holman, Gene Pendley, East Pointe Church of Christ, Cottondale Church of Christ, Dr. Mark Ricketts, Dr. Kamal Raisani, Jim Walter Resources No. 7 mine, all his coffee buddies at TA Truck Stop, Southland Restaurant, and Pottery Grill.
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Memory Chapel Funeral Home, Tuscaloosa; 205-553-1430