Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX


January 24, 2014

Ralph P. Bailey

Funeral services for Ralph P. Bailey, 87, of Cleburne, Texas, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in the Rosser Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Larry Moore officiating. 

A private family burial will be held in Keene Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 2-3 p.m. before the funeral service on Saturday at Rosser Funeral Home.

Dr. Bailey passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Keene, Texas. He was born in Ft. Sumner, N.M., on July 25, 1926, to Ola Lee (Padon) and John Ed Bailey.

Ralph married Dorothy Patterson and they settled near Portales, N.M.  

He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II and later received his Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

A member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ralph was called by the General Conference to serve in its Eastern Africa Division office in Nairobi, Kenya.  

In December 1990, after over 40 years of service, Ralph and Dorothy retired to their home near Keene.  

Ralph was a member of the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Dorothy Bailey; second wife, Thelma Elkins Bailey; and two sisters, Olivene Hoover and Yvonne Morton.

Ralph Bailey is survived by his son, Dwaine Lee Bailey and life partner, Michael W. Gunning, of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Doris Ann “Dee” Bates and husband, Denton, of Haskell; grandson, Jason Lee Hall and wife, Lanesa, of Stamford, Texas; great-grandchildren, Chloe and Karsten Hall; step-sons, David Elkins of Austin, Texas, and James Elkins and wife, Amy, of Burleson, Texas; step-daughter, Ruth Sopha and husband, Richard, of Paradise, Calif.; step-grandchildren, Haley Elkins Tidwell and husband, Richard, Rachel Sopha, Nicholas Elkins and Christopher Elkins; and sisters, Geraldine Phillips of Amarillo, Texas, and Jonnie Lee Bietz of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to Mission Hospice, 505 N. Ridgeway Drive, Ste. 173, Cleburne, TX 76033.

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Rosser Funeral Home


1664 W. Henderson St.

Cleburne, TX 76033

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