Funeral services to celebrate the life of William Duncan (Bill) Bailey, Jr., 89, of Camden will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Camden First Baptist Church, 1201 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020. Interment will follow at Ashwood Baptist Cemetery, 1075 Lake Ashwood Rd, Sumter, SC, 29153. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m., 1 hour prior to the service, in the fellowship center of Camden First Baptist Church.
Mr. Bailey was surrounded by his family when he died on July 18, 2015, following a long journey with Lewy body dementia. He was born in Columbia SC, July 11, 1926 and married his teen sweetheart, Helen Troublefield, on October 9, 1945. In addition to his wife of almost 70 years, he is also survived by his children, Sandra B. Ives, Charleston; Richard R. Bailey, Camden; Barbara B. Riggan, Camden; Michael D. Bailey, Huntington Beach CA; seven grandchildren, Hunter Ives (Heather); Gray Ives (Kathryn); Rick Bailey (Trisha); Mardi Jordan; Heather Tetterton (Sam); Carmen Dennis (James); Trey Riggan (Christina); 16 great-grandchildren, Drake and Hunter Ives; Grayham and Lang Ives; Josh Bailey; Bailey Jordan; Jessica, Abbi, Sarah, and Anna Tetterton; Rebekah, Harlee, Diana, and Jack Dennis; Caroline and Cort Riggan. Mr. Bailey also has 2 sisters, Iris Owens (Eddie) and Joyce Rudd; 2 brothers, Bob (Judy) and Jack (Olivia) Bailey; and 3 sisters-in-law, Betty Doggett, Corinne Avin (Griffin), and Shirley Dickson (Glenn).
Mr. Bailey, a member of Camden First Baptist Church, retired as supervisor from DuPont in 1986. He was one of the first employees hired there when the plant began production of Orlon in 1950. An avid golfer, he won various championships at Camden Country Club. He enjoyed giving golf lessons to friends and family members, as well as repairing and remaking golf clubs. In addition to golf, he participated in other competitive sports sponsored by DuPont, playing on the plant’s softball and bowling teams. His hobbies included gardening, fishing, and hunting. Family gatherings were very important to Bill, and he was the family videographer from the early years. He was a WWII veteran and a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Mr. Bailey was also a Mason and Shriner, and was a charter member of the Camden Shrine Club. He and Helen were longtime members of the Camden Highsteppers Square Dance Club.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Bailey’s memory to First Baptist Church, 1201 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020. Mr. Bailey was preceded in death by his parents, William D. and Nellie Wiggs Bailey; sister Betty Elstrom; son-in-law Sam Hammond; infant granddaughter Rebekah Lynn Riggan, and son-in-law Eddie Riggan.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the Bailey family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.