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Elisha Allen Bailey
(August 3, 1921 - December 23, 2013)

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Elisha Allen Bailey, Jr. 92, of Indianola died Monday, December 23, 2013 at South Sunflower County Hospital in Indianola. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Bailey Hall, First United Methodist Church, and the service will be Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:00 A. M. Burial will follow in Indianola Cemetery under the direction of Burton Funeral Home of Indianola. Bro. Bailey was born August 3, 1921 in Vardaman, MS to Elisha Allen and Annie Smith Bailey. He has degrees from Mississippi State University, Emory University, and received his Doctor of Divinity in 1980. Proud to be a veteran, he served in the Air Force from 1942-1946 as a Champlain. Bro. Bailey preached his first sermon in 1938 at the age of seventeen and has continued to preach for over 70 years. His first appointment was Bruce-Pittsboro United Methodist Church. He served as minister for the following churches: First United Methodist Church, Okolona; First United Methodist Church, Indianola; First United Methodist, Grenada; First United Methodist Church, Starkville; and St. John United Methodist Church, Greenwood. From 1971-1977 he served the Cleveland District as District Superintendent. In 1988 he retired and was appointed back as Associate Minister for the First United Methodist Church in Indianola. Bro. Bailey received the following awards: Harry Deman Award in Evangelism, Cecil Williamson Award in Evangelism, Young Citizen’s Award from the Chamber of Commerce, Certification of Appreciation Awards, Starkville; Certification of Merits from Wood College, the city of Indianola, and the Methodist Children’s Home. Bailey Hall, First United Methodist Church, was dedicated to Bro. Bailey in his honor for his church and community ministry. He has written a weekly column for various newspapers. Prayers and sermons have been published in different Pastor’s magazines including the Mississippi United Methodist Advocate. Community involvement has always been important to him. Wherever he has served as a minister, he has belonged to a Civic Club and the Chamber of Commerce. In the past he has served as Chairman of the Red Cross, Heart Fund, Cancer Fund, and Friends of Scouting Campaign. Bro. Bailey wrote to his two daughters concerning death: “Death awaits—when? Only God knows. In the meantime my plans are to work daily for the life of my family, church, and community to give my energy for the good of others. Praise be to God!” Allen Bailey will be remembered by his faith in God, sense of humor, and leaving the trail of bananas! Allen Bailey is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Lavell Ferguson Bailey, brother Edmond R. Bailey of Loyd; sisters, Lela Belle McCluskey of Slate Springs; Helen B. Crawford of Oxford, and his son-in-law, Mike Schuller of Lauderdale, MS. He is survived by two daughters Patsy Diann Schuller of Lauderdale, MS and Judy Bailey Barr (Bobby) of Greenville, MS; sister, Lanetia Richardson (Merlin) of Anguilla, MS, brothers, David Bailey (Louise) of Bruce, MS and Homa Bailey (Ruth) of Tupelo, MS; three grandchildren, Kristie Allyn Anders, Jessica Allyn (Mark) Seale, and Robert Bailey (Chelsea) Barr; and two great grandchildren, Michael Bradley Anders and Caleb William Seale. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 86, Indianola or any charity of the donor’s choice.

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