William Scott Bailey, Sr. , 85

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(3/17/2013)
William  Scott Bailey, Sr. , 85A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 22, 2012 at 10:00AM in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, with Father Brian Sanderfoot officiating.  Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD.The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM with prayers recited at 7:00PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD.William Scott “Bill” Bailey, Sr. of Compton, Maryland passed on March 17, 2013. Born on December 11, 1927, he attended Margaret Brent Middle School and in 1946 was drafted into the Army where he served a tour of duty in Japan. In 1949, he wed the former Hilda Ann “Boots” Lee of Compton, Maryland at St. Francis Xavier’s Church in Compton Md.  In 1950, Mr. Bailey joined his father in running Bailey’s Snack Bar located adjacent to the New Theater in Leonardtown. Bill moved the restaurant to a larger building in 1957 across from the First National Bank and expanded the business on the site where the famed old St. Mary’s Hotel once stood.  Bill, with his wife Boots, successfully operated “Bailey’s Restaurant” for many years. In February 1970, Mr. Bailey stopped to help a stranded motorist during a snowstorm when another car went into a skid and struck him standing on the side of the road. He was in a body cast for months and while he mostly recovered, he was unable to continue running his restaurant due to mobility issues. While recuperating, Mr. Bailey attended classes at the St. Mary’s Technical Center and through strong-willed determination learned a new trade to start an entirely new business “Bill’s Interiors and Upholstery.” About a dozen years later, in 1985, he and his wife were able to retire to their waterfront home, enjoying their children and grandchildren, performing volunteer work with seniors (taxes and Medicare issues), and engaging in various leisure activities such as fishing, crabbing, hunting, gardening and yard work.                                                 Bill was preceded in death by his parents Marion Rae Maddox and John Louis Bailey Sr., his brother John Louis “Junior” Bailey Jr., and his sister Patricia “Patsy” Spalding.  Mr. Bailey is survived by his sister Shirley Alvey of Hollywood; and Hilda Ann “Boots” his wife of 64 year; three children: Marsha Barton (John), William “Will” Bailey Jr, (Eleanor Ann), and Debra Jo Jennings (Vaughn);seven grandchildren: Michelle Warren (Matthew), Melissa Thompson (Jeffrey ), Jason Bailey, Allison Barton, Travis, Nicole, and Courtney Jennings; and four great grandchildren: Mason and Miles Warren, and, Avery and Everett Thompson. The family will receive friends and family on Thursday March 21st at the Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home from 5 to 8 PM, with prayers at 7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday March 22nd at 10 AM in St.Francis Xavier Church, Compton, Maryland. Pallbearers will be Jason Bailey, Travis Jennings, Jeffery Thompson, Matthew Warren, Ray Bailey and Bunky Taylor. Interment will follow at the Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad P.O. Box 299 Leonardtown, MD  20650.





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