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Obituaries

June 11, 2014

Vernon Ford Bailey Jr.

Vernon FordBailey Jr.

DAVENPORT — Vernon Ford Bailey Jr., 68, died at his residence Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

Vern was born June 17, 1945, in Stamford, the son of Vernon Ford Bailey Sr. and Margaret “Clark” Bailey.

He married Judith Smith on Feb. 9, 1985, in Davenport.

Vern was a man of many talents and a person known for his generosity to family and people in need.

He graduated from Gilboa Central School in 1963, and attended New Paltz Community College majoring in chemistry.

He was a carpenter building several custom homes in the area, operated dairy farms in Conesville and Jefferson, and well-known chef operating Vern’s resturants.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, restoring antiques, caning chairs, beekeeping, maple syrup producer. He was the lead singer and base guitar player for the band Country Rain.

His hobbies included motorcycles, reading and putting on benefits for many organizations and people needing help.

He received the Good Citizens Award from the Harpersfield Grange.

Surviving are his wife, Judith Bailey of Davenport; son, Jeff (Wendy) Bailey of Davenport; daughter, Mary (David) Becker of Crystal Beach, Fla., daughter, Kathy Halling of Palm Harbor, Fla., daughter, Kim (Bryan) Bivins of Highland Springs, Va., daughter, Jessica (BJ) Wilfeard of Cooperstown; son, Jason (Carly) Nellis, Fort Plains, and son, Chris (Suzanna) Nellis of Dudley, Mass.; 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Predeceased by his parents; and sister, Candance Dawn Bailey.

Funeral services will be held at the United Methodist Church, Harpersfield at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, with the Rev. Dottie Morris and the Rev. Robert Kersten, co-officiating.

Calling hours will be at the Harpersfield Methodist Church from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday followed by the service at 1:30 p.m.

Committal services will be held at a later date in the Manorkill Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Vernon Ford Bailey Jr. may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, Memorial Fund at Margaretville Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Otsego Center for Independence.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.

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