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Allen Memorial United Methodist
Thursday September 5th, 2019

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Charles Allen Bailey

Charles Allen Bailey, a lifelong resident of McMinn County, died on the morning of September 2nd, 2019 after suffering a stroke only two days before.
He is preceded in death by his father, Leslie Bailey, his mother, Ann (Land) (Bailey) Lawson, and his stepfather, Frank Lawson.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Joyce (Howard) Bailey, his brother and sister-in-law, Sherman and Edith (Yoder) Bailey, his stepbrother and his wife, Joe and Rebecca Lawson, his sons and daughter-in-laws, Dr. Keith and Angela (Brown) Bailey, and Kent and Stephanie (Gardner) Bailey, and his grandchildren, whom he adored, Kaitlyn, Miller, Taylor, and Madalyn.  He had three nieces who were very special to him, Linda (Bailey) Roberts, Susan (Bailey) Tutor, and Donna (Bailey) Samsel, a nephew, Eric Lawson, and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Charles Bailey was a graduate of McMinn County High school and went on to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1959-1963.  He was stationed in the U.S. and in Germany as an Air Policeman.
He worked for Bowater as a pipefitter for over 35 years.  However, his true vocation was his service to youth through the Boy Scouts of America. In 1969, together with the leadership of Burkett Witt and Rev. Carl Ware, he began work to charter a Boy Scout Troop to give equitable opportunities to African-American youth to be a part of Scouting when they were denied access to other such opportunities. Boy Scout Troop 361 was chartered in 1970 and sponsored by Allen Memorial United Methodist Church.  He served as the Scoutmaster for over 20 years and opened his heart, his home, and his church to those whom he served.  He went on to serve in various roles on the Troop 361 Troop Committee and the Unaka District Council, giving a total of 40 years to Scouting.  He was given the Vigil Honor by the Order of the Arrow and received the Silver Beaver Award to honor his leadership in Scouting. He is a holder of the Cross and Flame Award, a Scouting award associated with the United Methodist Church, and he was given the 1979 Award of Merit from the Unaka District.  He also received the AFL-CIO’s nationally recognized George Meany Award for Outstanding Service to Youth.
He was a dedicated member of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, where he worked with youth in his early years and served in leadership on numerous committees.  He was an avid sports fan and a supporter of Tennessee Wesleyan athletics. In his retirement, he volunteered for numerous organizations, was known for his random acts of kindness for those in need, and was an ardent supporter of U.S. Military Veterans. 
He will be remembered for his service to others, his sense of humor, and his kind heart.
Memorial services will be held 7:00 P.M. Thursday in Allen Memorial United Methodist Church with Dr. Charles Ensminger and Rev. Charla Sherbakoff officiating. Interment will be 10:30 A.M.  Friday in U. S. National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tenn. The family will recieve friends from 4-7 Thursday in the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Honor Air Knoxville Chapter, c/o please make checks payable to Honor Air Knoxville, 7536 Taggart Lane, Knoxville, TN 37938-8996
and Boy Scout Camp Buck Toms, Campership Fund, Great Smokey Mountain Council, P. O. Box 51885, Knoxville, Tenn. 37950. Condolences may be sent to www.laycock-hobbs.com./notices/Charles-Bailey. Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tenn. in charge of arrangements. 


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Joe Sutton.I would not thought of you for a million dollars.This is BillNewman.Last time I talked to you we were in Alanta,you lived there.Love You Brother.

Bill Newman Oct 6 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Allen's passing. Allen, his brother Sherman and I were buddies when we were little kids in Englewood, Tn. Their house was directly behind ours. Their dad, Leslie, owned & operated a neighborhood grocery store which was adjacent to their home. I am/was two months older than Allen & we often shared sleepovers as little kids used to do. After their dad's death, their mother, Anna moved the family to Athens and we lost contact after that. In recent years I attempted to locate Allen & Sherman by googling their names in Athens without success . I didn't know or remember that his first name was Charles & I was not looking for that name. My last contact with them was probably in the late fortys or early fiftys. Sherman, if you read this contact me at joepsfg@gmail.com just to let me know where and how you are,

Joe Sutton Sep 8 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Joyce, so sorry to learn of Charles death. My heartfelt prayers and love are with you in the loss of this honorable gentleman. Hugs.

Gail Johnston Guinn Sep 6 2019 12:00 AM

Mr. Bailey was a great man. We knew him through Scouting, and his love for the Scouting program showed through his service and mentoring leadership as he guided hundreds of boys in his troop. It was an honor to know him. The Flatt Family, Riceville, TN

James Flatt Sep 5 2019 12:00 AM

Always a smile on his face,I will miss you my friend. Greg Snyder

Greg Snyder Sep 5 2019 12:00 AM

A Pedestal Arrangement was ordered on September 5, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Sep 5 2019 12:00 AM

A true friend and example of how we need to live. Enjoyed his friendship and a lot of laughs.

Brad Watts Sep 5 2019 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy to the family from the Myers family. Mr. Bailey was a friend to all who knew him and always had a positive attitude and smile on his face. Scouting has lost another dedicated leader. I always enjoyed camping with Mr. Bailey and the food and conversation shared with my dad. Frank passed away in February and I know they are sharing in wonderful conversation again! Our prayers to all the family.

Bud Myers Sep 5 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss sending prayers for the family.

Arrants Kennedy Sep 5 2019 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the family. As one of the three original Eagle Scouts of Troop 361, I can tell you that Allen was one of the great contributors to my journey to manhood. He taught me respect for others, nature and how to live a Christian life. Troop 361 was the first integrated troop not located in a large city core. It was more than an experiment, it was a rousing success for many. Allan did it the correct way and may of us learned from his example. Much love to Joyce, Keith and Kent for sharing him with the troop. His love for his family was always shining through! He will be missed by all that knew him.

Roger Barnett Sep 5 2019 12:00 AM

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