Bill D. Bailey

April 23, 2020

CHARLOTTE –– Billy Dan (“Bill”) Bailey, 92, passed away peacefully at home on April 23, 2020 of natural causes. Born on September 30, 1927 in Kershaw, South Carolina, he was the son of Bessie Floyd and Ernest Jackson Bailey. Bill was a proud graduate of Clemson University, from which he earned an electrical engineering degree in 1950. During and after his college years, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps in both World War II and the Korean War. Following his military service, Bill worked at Southern Bell/Bell South/AT&T for more than 40 years until his retirement in 1991. Bill had a gift for connecting with people, made everyone feel special and leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love.

Bill was a Life Deacon at First Baptist Church, where he served in many roles including teaching Youth Sunday School. He was loved by both youth and adults due to his affable personality, his quick wit and his abiding faith in the Lord. He also served in his community as an active member of Civitan Club, a board member of the Carolinas Memory Fund, an active member of the Telephone Pioneers and a volunteer for many organizations including the Red Cross and Boy Scouts of America. Bill was an avid fan of Clemson athletics and never missed the chance to watch his Tigers compete during the football and basketball seasons.

Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Martha Maurice Bailey. Bill and Martha were married at First Baptist Church in 1962. They lived in the same SouthPark home for the last 54 years where they raised their children and were active in the neighborhood. As Bill’s health declined in recent years, Martha provided him with extraordinary levels of love, care and companionship.

Bill also is survived by two of his children, Brian Bailey (Dianne) of Charlotte, NC, and Dana Bailey of Marietta, GA; son-in-law Jerel Law of Huntersville, NC; five grandchildren, Katherine Bailey, Bradley Bailey, Bailey Law, Christopher Law and Luke Law; and many beloved nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his five siblings, Reba Little, Roberta Van Riper, Sylvia Worthington, Ernestine Gold and Kent Bailey. He also was preceded in death by two of his children William Christopher Bailey and Susan Bailey Law.

Bill’s family wishes to express gratitude to those who have provided him with care and support in recent years. A private burial will be held for the family, and a public memorial service will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Charlotte chapter of either the American Heart Association or, in celebration of Bill’s daughter Susan’s life, Susan G. Komen.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Cathy Hall

    I remember this wonderful man by his kindness and most of all by his humor. I definitely see where Dana got hers from. When I had the opportunity to be around him, I never saw him without his great smile that would always light a room. I especially remember visiting Spain with him along Dana, Martha. Wow, what a fun time!! Bill will be missed by so many; however, we can all be grateful that his time here on earth impacted us in such a marvelous and positive way! Enjoy Heaven, Bill, for you are so worthy!

  • Audrey Metcalfe

    Dear Martha, I am praying for you and your family during this time of sorrow. May God surround you with His comfort and perfect peace.

  • Vernae' Pippen

    My Dearest Dana,
    I'm so sorry to learn what you and your family are going through. The bond that you had with your father is both profound and everlasting. Your father was an outstanding man, who lived a wonderful life and left us too soon. I know that his family meant the world to him. He will be truly missed. You and the family have our deepest sympathy on your loss.

    The Pippen Family

  • Julie Reith

    Prayers, peace and love for you all during this time.

  • Tommy Ferrell

    God bless the Bailey family as Bill’s life was a blessing to many!

  • Martha Misenheimer

    What a gentleman!! This was Bill Bailey He was indeed one of the smartest men I ever worked with. He loved his family so dearly and was so very proud of his children. He never missed an opportunity to brag about his wife and children but not in a boastful manner, just one of pride. I will always remember him. RIP, friend.

  • Joan and Paul Wyche

    What fun it was to have known Bill. He always had such a wonderful smile and made you feel he was so glad to see you. We were so blessed to have had him as a mentor to all our children. Just know we are missing him too.

    Our love to you and Brian and Dana.

    Joan and Paul

  • David Poindexter

    My very best wishes to Billy's family. I have known him for many years now, both at BellSouth and in the Charlotte Civitan Club. Billy was a great guy, always friendly and sociable.

  • Patsy G Cram

    When I think of my mother, I'm always reminded of her siblings and their families, and our grandmother. These people have been an influential part of my life.

    When Uncle Billy spoke we paid attention. You inherently knew how smart he was, the respect he had for everyone, and the love he had for his family. His stories made us roar with laughter and we would beg him to repeat them over and over throughout the years.

    We will all miss Bill Bailey, but we have so many good memories. Tally-ho.......

  • Bob Carpenter

    Always a man of faith nod faithful living. With his Father in Heaven.

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