Frances Alberta Bailey - (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Frances Alberta Bailey, a remarkable lady, dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at her home in Augusta, Ga. She was 91. Mrs. Bailey was born to Enoch and Lilla Cardin, October 15, 1918 in Portadale, Ga. and grew up in Griffin. She was married to Roy James Bailey for 63 years until his death in 1999. They lived in Patillo, Ga. for a time but most of their years were in Griffin. She is survived by three daughters, Brenda Cormier and husband Rene' of Augusta, Ga., Ann Bailey of Roswell, Ga., and Faye Chasteen and husband Russell of Roswell, Ga. ; six grandchildren, Lisle Cormier and wife Mary Claire and 'Elise Cormier of Atlanta, Timothy Chasteen and wife Barcia of Tucker, Ga., Terri Childers and husband Michael of Norcross, Ga., David Chasteen and wife Cindy of Sterrett, Ala., and Daniel Chasteen and wife Jennifer of Atlanta; eleven great-grandchildren, Emily, Audrey, Isaac, and Owen Chasteen, Ben and Julia Childers, Bailey, Bonnie, and Martha Chasteen, Matera and Livia Chasteen; many loving nieces and nephews. She will be most remembered for the love, devotion, encouragement, and support she has shown to her family and friends through the years. She and her husband were involved in getting the first Georgia school for retarded children started in Griffin. She loved gardening, sewing, and especially enjoyed many joyous trips all over the US. She was a member of Highland Baptist Church and the Ruths Sunday School Class. She was an active member of the Women's Mission Union where she taught the Bible from the youngest Sunbeams through the Girls Auxiliary. For the last seven years, she lived with her daughter, Brenda, in Augusta, where she was a member of Warren Road Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class where she ministered to the shut-ins for several years. Mrs. Bailey was a member of Griffin Square Dancers and the GASD where she and husband, James with Ann had many great evenings. They also enjoyed a Griffin Bowling Center League where she was the secretary/treasurer of her group. She continued going to line dance classes in Augusta and was a very active member of Senior Friends in Griffin. In Griffin she won top honors in the District Golden Olympian 1995 by taking the 'Gold' in horseshoes, basketball, football, softball, checkers and clock golf; then in Augusta with Senior Friends she participated in aerobics classes. She became the winner in the women's division of International Checkers Players competition held in Los Vegas in 2001. She joined the Augusta YMCA with a weight trainer and water aerobics to keep her strength to enjoy her life to the fullest. In 2002 at the Richmond County Fair she won first prize for her needlework and continued to cook great dishes for friends and family in Augusta. This spunky lady loved the Lord, family and her country beyond measure and enjoyed life to its fullest until her health declined from strokes these last 3 years. A time of celebration of her life will be Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin. Visitation will be Friday, 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-November 25, 2009