Let the memory of Kenneth be with us forever
  • 57 years old
  • Born on December 27, 1953 .
  • Passed away on July 11, 2011 .

My best friend and husband Kenneth “Bongo” Watson Bailey age 57 went to be with Lord on Monday evening, July 11, 2011 at West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange, Georgia after a 2 year battle. He was given to us on Sunday, December 27, 1953 in LaGrange, Georgia to Emmett and Ruby Bailey. He was an only child and lived all his life in LaGrange, Georgia. In the time he was with us he touched many lives, made life better and sometimes crazier for being in them. He made my life and the life of our children as close to perfect on June 26, 1992 when he made us a family.

He was preceded in death by his parents Emmett and Ruby Bailey. He attended Rosemont Elementary School and then Troup High School where he graduated in 1972. He was blessed to have a second set of parents who helped shape his life during these years and that was R.T. and Betty Perdue. After high school he attended LaGrange College where he was an active member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. The Delts were a very important part of his life and still were even after graduation in 1977. He was also a member of the LaGrange Jaycees for several years. He is remembered best for his sense of humor and quick wit. He never let anything get him down and would not let anyone else around him be down.

He is retired from the U.S. Postal Service in LaGrange, Georgia where he was a Rural Mail Carrier. He was a member of Rosemont Baptist Church until 2010 were he severed as Usher and greeter in the worship service and as greeter in the Preschool Department for over 15 years until 2009 when he had to stop due to health. He is currently a member of First Baptist Church on the square.

Survivors include his wife Deborah M. Bailey of LaGrange; a daughter, Amanda M. Green of LaGrange; a son, Sgt. Thomas W. Bailey, USMC, his daughter-in-law Samantha Bailey and two grandsons Andrew(3) and Caellum(2) all of Danville, PA; his father and mother-in-law Thomas and Barbara Power both of West Point, Georgia; his brother-in-law, Chuck (Wendy) Power of LaGrange, Georgia; his sister-in-law Tracy (Chuck) Bain of West Point, Georgia; two very special nephews Devin(16) and Dillion Power(12) and two very special angels (nieces) Taylor(5) and Anna Bain(3); multiple cousins and a very special friend who is more like a brother than friend Gene (Kay) Fryer of LaGrange, Georgia. According to them before marriage to their wives they could have been called the original wedding crashers and multiple fraternity brothers and good friends,

Services will be held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange Georgia on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 11:00 AM EST. Visitation will be held Friday evening, July 15, 2011, from 5:00 PM EST until 7:00 PM EST in the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel at First Baptist Church on the Square. The family will be at their home at 209 Melrose Drive, LaGrange, Georgia.

We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and all the staff at West Georgia Hospice for their great care and love during this time.

Flowers will be appreciated but anyone wishing can make a donation to West Georgia Hospice, 1510 Vernon Road, LaGrange, Georgia, 30240 in memory of Kenneth “Bongo: Bailey.                                   

Posted by (McFH) Administrator on December 10, 2011
Larissa Heard (Co-worker @ Papa John's) wrote at
2011-07-14 23:56:10

I remember "Bongo" as a very warm and understanding individual with persistance in everything he did. Always had a smile and never met a stranger. He was a friend when you really needed someone to talk to. R.I.P. and may you enjoy Heaven much!!!
Posted by (McFH) Administrator on December 10, 2011
Kelly Griffin lit a candle at
2011-07-16 17:05:10

I did not know Mr. Bailey, but I went to West Side with Amanda and Tommy, and played in the Youth Symphony with Tommy as well. I am sorry for your loss and send all my sympathies to your family.
Posted by (McFH) Administrator on December 10, 2011
Co-worker to Wife lit a candle at
2011-07-15 14:09:24

I didn't know Mr. Bailey well, but his wife Debbie spoke so highly of him. I hope he is in peace now. May God & those you know in heaven take care of you.
Posted by (McFH) Administrator on December 10, 2011
Larissa Heard lit a candle at
2011-07-14 23:59:18

To a well-known Man of God and strong person of faith and friendship...you will be missed but remembered much for who you are.
Posted by (McFH) Administrator on December 10, 2011
Deborah Bailey wife lit a candle at
2011-07-14 21:26:41

To my best friend and husband. You have only been gone a few days and I miss you so much. I know you and Jimmie are going to keep them busy up in heaven. I love you very much.
Posted by (McFH) Administrator on December 10, 2011
Donald Boyd friend lit a candle at
2011-07-14 12:24:10

I considered Bongo a great friend and he had a great, kind of dry sense of humor. Bongo my friend you will be remembered and missed! Your friend, Donald Boyd

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