Fred Bailey was a man of few words who expressed and revealed himself through his art work, so discovering this short autobiography in a packed box this week makes the words all the more special:
"I was born on a farm in 1926 three miles from Fulton Kentucky, fifteen miles from Real Foot Lake and the Mississippi River. There were eight kids in the family. We lived on the farm for the next five years then moved to a farm outside Martin Tennessee, in the northwest corner of the state. I had to walk three miles to school through ice, sleet and snow like we all tell our grandkids.
"I became a Christian at twelve years of age in an old fashioned hell fire and brimstone revival meeting. Our family attended a small country church. We were so poor we only had a preacher once a month. The other three or four weeks we had only Sunday school.
"We arrived in San Diego December 6, 1941, just hours before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I worked as a bell boy for a year, worked in the defense industry for the next two years. Joined the Navy, assigned to an aviation ground crew, spent 20 months in the desert at Holtville and El Centro NAS. The next four years spent at college. Two years at Biola College, two years at Woodbury College where I received a B.S. degree in art and design.
"I was in the aerospace industry for 36 years; two years at Gilfillan Bros. And two at Bill Jack Scientific Instruments, and 32 years at Northrop in Anaheim. We lived in Anaheim before Disney arrived in 1952.
"After retirement in 1984 I entered my first Federal Duck Stamp contest in 1985. I entered eight federal and three state contests. I was selected in the top 100 one year, the top 38 another year and finally the top eight one year (the top 10 paintings toured natural wildlife museums throughout the United States as a special Federal Duck Stamp art exhibit). There are 600 to 1,000 entries per year."
In addition to having a passion for art, Fred was an avid golfer, loved watching football, had a passion for old barns, Sees Candy and coffee with the boys Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Filling Station. Most of all, Fred was a great husband, father and grandfather. Fred entered into Glory at his home on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, with his family at his side.
Fred is survived by his wife Christine; his daughter, Judy Bickford of Troy, Idaho; his son, Dan Bailey also of Troy; two brothers, Aubrey Bailey of Hemet, Calif., and Ralph Bailey of San Diego Calif.; and one sister, Doris Flick of Escondido Calif. Fred had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in Fred's honor at 11 a.m. Monday, April, 22, at Trinity Baptist Church in Moscow.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to his church, Trinity Baptist Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short's Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.com.