AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, June 20, 2002, in Billings, Mo., Lt. Col. Benjamin E. Bailey, U.S. Army retired of Wedgewood Drive in Augusta. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7 to 9p.m. at Thomas Poteet & Son. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Thomas Poteet & Son chapel with Rev. Robert F. Hunt officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park with full military honors. Honorary pallbearers will be Augusta Bowling Association, Forrest Hills Golf Association and the deacons of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 3551 Wheeler Road, Augusta, GA 30909 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1725, Augusta, GA 30903. Family members include his sons, Benjamin "Bo" Bailey Jr., of Augusta and Carl McKinnley Bailey of Martinez; daughters, Sandra L. Bailey of Augusta and Barbara B. Sonnier of Waycross; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Lt. Col. Bailey was born in Martin, Tenn., but had lived in the Augusta area since 1957. He retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of service in 1966. His career in the Army started with his being the brigade commander of ROTC at Treadwell High School in Memphis, Tenn. Before graduation he was ordered to service in officers training school. Most of his career in the Army involved positions with the military police, having been Provost Marshall, Heidelberg, Germany. At retirement Lt. Col. Bailey was battalion commander of the 4 th Military Brigade at Fort Gordon. After retirement Lt. Col. Bailey became co-owner of the Lawn and Equipment Co. in Augusta for 10 years. He was a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, where he was a deacon, treasurer and past elder. He was also a member, past president and on the executive committee of the Augusta Bowling Association where he was Distinguished Service Recipient and a member of the Augusta Bowling Association Hall of Fame, 1985. He was also a member of the Georgia State Bowling Association, where he was inducted into the the GSBA Hall of Fame, 1988, and received the GSBA Meritorious Service Award. He was also a 40 year member and past president of the Forrest Hills Golf Association, where he received the Ben Kaplan Fellowship Award. He was also a volunteer committee member for the Masters Golf Tournament for 23 years. Thomas Poteet and Son, Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Road, 364-8484.
The Augusta Chronicle June 25, 2002