….while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. II Corinthians 4:18
Frank Jackson Bailey was born into this world on July 27, 1928, in the Holly Grove Community of Okolona, Arkansas. He was the son of Willie and Beulah Livingston Bailey.
He accepted Christ as his personal savior at a young age. He was a member of First Baptist Church-Vine in Malvern, Arkansas where he served on the usher board. He was a strong supporter of the Sunday school department and faithfully contributed financially to the Sunday School Class #8.
On December 28, 1961, he married Marilyn Stringer who was an educator in the Malvern School District. Frank was a hard working and believed strongly in the scripture 2 Thessalonians 3:10.….that if any would not work, neither should he eat. Frank worked several jobs and lastly retired from the National Lead Bayroid Division in Magnet Cove, Arkansas.
Frank was a simple man who enjoyed the simple things that life offered. He possessed a charismatic spirit and a cunning, yet pleasant smile. He was a surrogate father to many and never met a stranger. Frank never forgot his roots and always traveled back home to visit friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marilyn Stringer Bailey who made her transition on February 3, 2002, one sister, Jo Mae Gary, eight brothers, Thurman “Fat” Bailey (2006), Lacy “Love” Bailey (2006), DeWitt Bailey (2009), Jay B. Bailey, Jimmy Lee Bailey, Jessie Bailey, Herman Bailey, and Bub Bailey. On Saturday, July 6th after a full life of 84 years Frank went home to be with the Lord in the comfort of his home and surrounded by his family.
Those left to cherish his memory are his children: John H. Mitchell of Lansing, MI, Salina (Christopher) Fields of Malvern, AR, and Tonya Buckley of Little Rock, AR. He leaves behind ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Willie Mae Benson of San Francisco, CA, and Dorothy Phifer of St. Louis, MO; one brother, Joe Albert Bailey of Hot Springs, AR; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The goal of life: simple, but not empty.
The final celebration and tribute to his life will be shared at 12:00 noon on Saturday, July 13th at First Baptist Church, 225 Vine Street, Malvern. Rev. Chet D. Hart will officiate. The interment will be in Paradise Memorial Gardens.
Public visitation will be held on Friday, July 12th from 12 noon - 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 -7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church - Vine in Malvern, Arkansas.
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