John 14:1-6 (KJV)
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
The story began for Paul Bailey Jr, when has was born on August 2, 1953 to Paul Daniel and Lela Bailey in Malvern, AR. As a young child Paul attended Tate Temple Church of God in Christ. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it Proverbs 22:6 KJV… During the latter part of his life Paul was extended an invitation of salvation and confessed his belief in Christ. Paul was a 1971 graduate of Arkadelphia High School. He was very popular during school and loved by many in the community. During his adult life Paul worked for various production plants; however, his favorite employer was Reynolds Aluminum Plant, where he was faithful employee for over 30 years until he retired due to his health issues. Paul loved sports from a child until his death. Paul’s family jokingly deemed him the honorary coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks Basketball Team, he was a diehard fan of Coaches Nolan Richardson and Mike Anderson.
Paul loved his family dearly making great sacrifices throughout his life to ensure that his wife and “chillins” were well provided for. Family, as well as friends, will miss his strength, smile and love, but will never forget his spirit and compassion.Paul united in holy matrimony to Mattie McClure Bailey on April 21, 1973 and to this union three children were born: Lenette, Robin, and Paul. Paul considered it an honor and privilege to carry on the Bailey Family name. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold Proverbs 22:1 KJV. In the final days of his life Paul expressed his love and appreciation for all his loved ones, stating “family is all I have, all the money in the world can’t buy family”. He enjoyed sharing stories and laughing with friends and family even in the mist of his illness his voice could be heard loud and clear as he reminisced over old times.Those left to forever cherish his love, sense of humor and laughter are: his soulmate, Mattie Bailey of Curtis, AR; two daughters Lenette (Barry) Jones of Curtis, AR; Robin (Dedric) Jones of Arkadelphia, AR and one son Paul Bailey III of Marion, AR. Two brothers: Shannon Beard (Cathy) of Summit, KS and Daniel Bailey of Arkadelphia, AR. One sister: Ella Jones of Arkadelphia, AR. One uncle: Chester Bailey Marianna, AR and one aunt: Queen V Robinson of Malvern, AR. Four precious grandchildren: Addison Davis, Aydin Jones, Adelyn Jones, and Avianna Jones. His bonus daughter and grandchildren that he treated as his own, Dominique Morris, Malik Jones, Diamond Jones, & Ashelynn Morris. He also leaves a caravan of nieces, nephews, cousins, sister in laws, brother in law, and other relatives and friends. In addition to his Reynolds Aluminum Plant Brothers.