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On January 7th, 2024, Thomas Keith Bailey, of Speedwell, age 62, gained his Final Victory over all of life’s battles, many of which he had to endure much of his life. In that moment he entered the presence of The Lord himself, no doubt, hearing him say “Welcome Home Soldier!”. He was born August 9, 1961 in Middlesboro, Kentucky to the late James Donald Bailey and Mary Evelyn Bailey Miracle who survives. Keith was saved at an early age at the Speedwell Freewill Baptist Church. Later in life, Keith saw the great need to rededicate his life back to God, where he did so on a glorious Easter morning at GraceWay Missionary Baptist Church. There he would be baptized, ordained, and serve for a time as a Deacon. Currently, Keith was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church, a church he was so proud to be apart of with a Pastor and congregation he greatly admired.
All who knew Keith, knew he was a natural leader of men, had a huge heart, and was as tough of a fighter as they come, proving this by fighting against his illness until his very last moments in this body. Keith would also prove his strong will, and leadership abilities, by quickly rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant, as an infantryman, in the Kentucky National Guard and being promoted to Production Manager at Giles Industries at the same time. His passion for his military service would later inspire his very own nephew, Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran, Seargent Rex “Allen” Bailey, to enlist as an infantryman in the same Unit as his Uncle Keith. In addition to the military, and his work, Keith also enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting and fishing. Although he enjoyed the family get togethers, he preferred to spend much of his time alone “piddling” in his building. Even though he kept to himself quite a bit, he was always willing to help anyone he could, especially those that most others would not, and never expected anything in return.
In addition to his Father, Don, Keith is preceded in death by his Step- Father David Ray Miracle, Brother Leslie Steven Bailey, Cousin and Best Friend Rocky Webb and Nephew Devin Smith.
He is survived by his Loving wife of 41 years Angela Bailey, Son Ryan Bailey and Wife Kim, Daughter Amber Russell and Husband Ty, Precious Granddaughters Abygail Bailey and Audrey Russell, Grandson and Grandaddy’s Little Buddy Isaiah Bailey, Mother Mary Evelyn Bailey Miracle, Brother James Dennis Bailey and Wife Debbie, Sister Mary Elizabeth Bailey and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
It was in his early military days when he first met his “Angel”! as he often referred to her as. They would go on to love each other and stay by one another’s side, as mentioned, for over 41 years. Keith loved and protected his family dearly and was even willing to let his “softer” side show with his grandkids, who were his pride and joy. He would always say, in the end “family is all that is going to matter in this life”. Therefore, God granted him the blessing of leaving this world behind, with his wife and children right by his side! Keith will be missed, dearly, by all of those who knew and loved him. Especially those who called him Husband, Daddy, Grandaddy, Son, Brother, and Uncle. However, we take great comfort in knowing his earthly labor is over and he has entered into the Joy of the Father….WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING!
In addition, the family would like to extend a special thank you to Suncrest Hospice, especially, Mckayla Eads, and Andrew Ayers, who started as his nurse but very quickly, became his family.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at the Green Hills Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at the Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy Wilson, Rev. Ryan Bailey, Rev. Roger Hurst and Rev. Dee Fuson. Music will be provided by Rex Allen Bailey, Marilyn Rowland and Daniel Ellison.
The family will meet at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2024 at the Green Hills Funeral Home to go in procession to Mountainview Cemetery in Harrogate, Tennessee for Graveside Services with Rev. Richard Barnett officiating, full military honors will be given by the Jellico Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Ty Russell, Aaron Robertson, Rex Allen Bailey, TJ Hurst, Randy Hurst, Jimmy Hurst, Isaiah Bailey and friend Doug. Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert “Junebug” Ellison and Uncle Rev. Jim Hurst.
Green Hills Funeral Home, is honored to serve the Bailey Family.