Collin Franklin Bailey, 72, was born to Ernest “EL” and Gladys Bailey in Jacksonville, Arkansas on May 13, 1946 and departed this life on Friday, January 4, 2019.
Although involved in many businesses, he was most proud of his military service from 1972-1992. He began piloting “Voodoo” RF 101’s for the Air Guard then moving to the Army Guard to become a M60-A1 tank commander and finished his career piloting UH-1 “Huey” helicopter. He also loved motorcycles, cars, fishing and travel.
Collin was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ernest Bailey, Jr. and sister Linda Blair-Webb.
Collin is survived by his two special girls, his wife Melissa Clay-Bailey and daughter Bridgette (Matt) Smith; son Chip (Tonya) Bailey; grandchildren Morgan Waymack, Christian Bailey and Cayden Bailey; brother Bob (Donna) Bailey, several nieces and nephews; bonus daughter Cheryl (Russ) Tyler and their children Kristen (Dave) Gean, Clay, Jake and Madi Tyler.
Graveside service will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Cemetery at the Bailey family plot.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.
Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400