Nov. 10, 1926 - April 17, 2013
Fred Bailey was a man of few words who expressed and revealed himself through his artwork, 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, 3 miles from Fulton, Ky., 15 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, Tenn., in the northwest corner of the state. I had to walk 3 miles to school through ice, sleet and snow like we all tell our grandkids.
"I became a Christian at 12 years of age in an old fashioned hellfire 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 Dec. 6, 1941, just hours before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I worked as a bellboy for a year, worked in the defense industry for the next two years. I joined the U.S. Navy, assigned to an aviation ground crew, spent 20 months in the desert at Holtville and El Centro Naval Air Facility. The next four years were spent at college. Two years at BIOLA college, two years at Woodbury College, where I received a bachelor of science 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, and had a passion for old barns, See's 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 Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at his home with his family at his side.
Fred is survived by his wife, Christine; his daughter, Judy Bickford of Troy, Idaho; and his son, Dan Bailey, also from Troy. Fred has two surviving brothers, Aubrey Bailey from Hemet, Calif., and Ralph Bailey from San Diego; and one sister, Doris Flick from 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 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.net.