BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL CLASS '53
Earl Bailey, 82, passed from this life February 18, 2018 to join his heavenly Father. The service for retired First Sergeant Earl P. Bailey will be held at Central Baptist Church, Lawton, Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2 p.m., with Dr. Keith Miles officiating. The church will provide a meal at noon, and all are welcome to attend. He will be buried with full military honors, alongside his beloved wife, at the Sunset Memorial Gardens, Lawton.
Earl was born October 24, 1935, in Goodwill, West Virginia to Hector “Bill” and Mary Bailey. He graduated from high school in 1953 before he joined the United States Army.
He served with honors in the Republic of Vietnam in 1968-1969 with the First Infantry Division Artillery. His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device and three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device and three oak leaf clusters, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm (second award), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 device, Vietnam Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal with first oak leaf cluster (Some of Earl's medals are shown below). Earl retired from the Army in 1977, then worked for the Civil Service until his retirement in 1997.
He graduated from Cameron University with a BS degree. His sons and grandchildren loved their dad and Papaw who passed on his love for dogs, photography, hunting, fishing, and exploring the Wichita’s. Earl enjoyed his three Deutsch Drathaars sporting dogs, that he raised and trained and was a member of the Group North America, serving as a German-certified field judge.
He enjoyed his church family, studying the Bible, and always sent daily devotionals to loved ones. Earl is survived by his son, Earl, Jr., daughter-in-law, Lori, granddaughter Alexa, and grandson Trevor, of Oklahoma City and son, Michael and granddaughters Hana and Tori, of Lawton, and Makenzie Oldfield, of Duncan. His wife, Hanako Bailey, parents, brothers, and sisters preceded him in death. Visitation will be Friday, February 23rd from 6-8 pm with family visitation from 7-8 at Whinery-Huddleston Funeral Home on Cache Road, Lawton. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating a PetSmart gift card to Hana who will be adopting his three treasured, furry companions. Contact a family member for more information.
EARL BAILEY - BHS Class '53
Earl Bailey's distinguished Campaign/Service Metals:
"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
- Laurence Binyon