Sam Bailey, Jr. entered into the world weighing in at 12 lbs on Saturday, February 11, 1950 in Barry, Texas to the loving parents of the late Sam Bailey, Sr and Earlean Daniels-Bailey. He attended the Blooming Grove ISD, where he was a very talented football player and was awarded All-District several years in a row. He graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1969. After receiving a football scholarship, he then went on further his education at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.
In the winter of 1976 on December 18, he was wed in Holy Matrimony to Mattie G. Washington in Fort Worth, Texas at the Lake Como Church of Christ in Ft. Worth, Texas. To this union, 4 beautiful souls were born; Misti, Samuel, Shannon and Melodi.
Sam and Mattie were avid supporters of Christian education and both received the Southwestern Christian College Trailblazers of Valor award, for achieving greatness in the Home, Community, Public Service, and Education and were titled Honorary Alumni.
Sam had strong work ethics. He worked for Chattanooga Glass for 14 years and went on to become a truck driver for Consolidated FreightWays for 16 years, receiving consecutive safety awards. While continuing to drive trucks, he began his own business buying/selling wooden pallets. After retiring from truck driving, Sam began working in the Corsicana ISD transportation department as a bus driver until his health began to decline. He retired in 2017.
He was baptized into Christ at the early age of approximately 10 years old at the Eastside Church of Christ in Corsicana, Texas. He and his family later attended the Eastside congregation in Ennis, Texas, where he remained a faithful leader until his passing.
Sam was proceeded in death by his parents, and 1 brother-in-law, Irvin Smith.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Mattie, 2 daughters; Misti Houston (Justin), Melodi, 2 sons; Sam (Lori), Shannon (Brandi), 5 grandchildren; Madison, Reagan, London, Jackson, and Dakota, 4 siblings: Dorothy Edmerson (Charles), Hellen Mullins (Frank), Thelma Smith, Joe (Jean), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, church family across the brotherhood and dear friends.
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