Obits — November 24, 2019
Wylie Tracy Bailey
Mr. Wylie Tracy Bailey was the only son born to Wade Hill and Nellie Lee Harvey Bailey on December 23, 1949. Wylie was raised in a nurturing home in the small city of West Point, Georgia, along with his three sisters who affectionately called him “Bay Boy”. Growing up, he attended and graduated from Harrison High School and upon graduation, Wylie was drafted into the United States Marines and served briefly before returning home as the only son in his family. It was during his matriculation at Harrison High that Wylie was known for his sense of fashion and flair for dancing, often compared to the late James Brown, which captured the attention of the former Sharon Easter. That young love would blossom and grow into marriage on May 12, 1975. Wylie was a devoted husband of Sharon Easter Bailey for nearly 45 years. During their marriage, Wylie was a great provider for his family with a professional career spanning for more than 40 years working in the construction industry employed as a Rod Buster. He retired from Zachary Construction. Wylie and Sharon’s union produced three beloved children, Carman, Casey and Colby Bailey who blessed him with five beautiful grandchildren, Joshua Bailey, Tobias McDaniel-Bailey, Heaven Hill, Karter Bailey, and Skylei Davenport. He was anticipating the birth of his first great grandchild at the time of his transition. During his nearly seventy years on earth, Wylie was an avid sports enthusiast and was especially passionate about major league baseball. He loved classic cars, vehicle restoration, listening to classical Motown rhythm and blues, and playing his drums. His greatest love would always be for his family and friends with whom he shared many great memories. Wylie touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity and maintained his trademark laughter and sense of humor even as his health began to decline. Wiley survived heart surgery as a young man and had begun his battle against lung cancer when the Lord called him home where he would no longer have to fight. On November 19, 2019, Wylie passed away peacefully at his home in Lagrange, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Betty Ruth Bailey and Dorothy Bailey, father-in-law Willie James Easter and beloved brother-in-law, James Lamar Easter. Wylie will forever be remembered by his loving wife, children, grandchildren, devoted sister Louise Lovelace, his treasured mother-in-love Aurelia Easter, caring in-laws Willie Mae Dixon, Linda Easter Brown, Debra Easter Dabney and Robert Easter, along with his dear friend and colleague Michael Johnson, and countless nieces, nephews, friends and family who were blessed to know him. His spirit and legacy will continue to live on through all of us. The Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home. Dr. W. T. Edmondson officiated. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mike “Possum” Davis
Michael Whatley “Mike” Davis, age 68 of Pine Mountain, GA, passed away Monday, November 11, 2019 at his residence. Mike, who was best known to friends and family as “Possum” was born April 8, 1951 in Chipley (Pine Mountain), GA, the son of Whatley W. Davis and Betty Irvin Davis. He was employed most of his adult life with Callaway Gardens as a turf manager of the golf course. He attended Grace Family Church in Manchester and was a member of Ducks Unlimited. Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting with friends and watching religious programs on television. He was an avid pool player and in years past could often be found enjoying the game at The Inlet in Pine Mountain. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Davis Williams. He is survived by two sisters; Gayle Davis Reynolds of Shiloh, GA and Chris Davis Hobbs of Pine Mountain Valley, GA; nieces and nephews, Dennis Reynolds, Tammy R. Brown (Rev. Bruce), Greg Hadley (Susan), Dawn Carlisle (Timothy “Roho”), Clay Hobbs (Vonda) and Shannon Janney (Brandon), Dana Taunton ; several great-nieces and nephews and many friends and extended family. Funeral services were held 11:00 am, Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Chapel of Cox Funeral Home in Hamilton, with Rev. Bruce Brown officiated. Interment followed in Beech Springs Cemetery in Pine Mountain.
Joanne Thompson Stroud
Mrs. Joanne Thompson Stroud, age 84, of LaGrange, passed away on November 21, 2019 at her residence. Mrs. Stroud was born on October 24, 1935 in LaGrange to the late John Henry Thompson, Sr. and Lillian Rachel Murphy Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Stroud; grandson, Justin Lane; siblings, Elaine Bryant, Betty Moon, Dot Munday, John Henry Thompson, Jr. and William Thompson. Mrs. Stroud retired from Kleen-Tex, Inc. and was a member of Baptist Tabernacle. Survivors include her children, Wanda Webb, Steve Stroud and Sebrina Carrington (Shane); brother, Bill Thompson; Jean Moncus (Jimmy); grandchildren, Rocky Webb (Amanda), John Webb (Christy), Sidney Stroud, Jessica Lane-May (Brandon), Joshua Lane and Jarred Lane; great grandchildren, Jasmine Webb, John Webb, Jordan Webb, Caden Stroud, Mason Atkinson, Hayden May, Jayden Lane and Mason May; special niece, Jeannie Fairall (Dale); numerous other nieces, nephews and extended family. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Baptist Tabernacle with Rev. Jimmie McMillian officiating. Interment will follow at Shadowlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Sunday beginning at 2:00 pm until service hour at the church.