Decatur County Journal-Iowa
Thursday, June 6, l9l8
JOSEPH BAILEY, son of JOSEPH and ELIZABETH SOUNDERS BAILEY, was born in Cambridgeshire, England, May 7, l844, and died at the home of his daughter, MRS. R.A. SAYERS, in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was visiting. He was aged 74 years, and l6 days.
When a child he was christened in the Episcopal Church of England. At the age of l8 he came to the United States in company with his brother, and lived in Illinois for l5 years, from there moving to Iowa, where he has since resided. On June 24, l870 he was united in marriage to MISS VIRGINIA ARNOLD. To them seven children were born, MARGARETTA, who died when nine years old; HERBERT, who died when he was 22 years old; DELLA, the wife of ROBERT SAYER; GRACE, the wife of WM. CARTWRIGHT; and GEORGE, JOSEPH and GLADYS, who reside at home.
Besides the wife and children, he is survived by three grandchildren, HELENA, JOSEPH and LEO CARTWRIGHT, and by three brothers and a sister, SANDERS BAILEY, of Chariton, Iowa; JOHN and MOSES and MRS. MARGARETTA MARSHALL, of Wicken, England.
"UNCLE JOE", as he was familiarly known, was a man of marked personality. He was different from the ordinary man. To be in his presence was to be impressed by his originiality. He was generous, kind and hospitable. He believed in truth and honesty and his life was marked by integrity and uprightness. He was a good neighbor. The testimony of his friends who were his neighbors, bear witness of the esteem in which he was held. He loved his home. He loved his children. His affection for them manifested itself whenever he could appropriately speak of them. He was intereted in present day problems and his observations on the trend of current events were sound. In a way he was a student of affairs and his heart went out toward England, his native country, in the dreadful war in which the Allies are engaged. He lived and died in the Christian faith. While uniting with no church in America, the life he lived expressed his belief and hope in the hereafter.
He will be missed in the home. He will be missed in the community. He was a good man, gone to his reward. He began ailing some few months ago and went to the home of his daughter, MRS. SAYERS, of Des Moines for recuperation and medical treatment. He gradually grew worse despite all the attention and care given him and passed away at the home of his daughter on the 23rd day of May, about four o'clock in the morning.
Those from a distance attending the funeral were MR. and MRS. SAYERS, of Des Moines; WM. HARRIS, a dear friend of the deceased; REV. SANDERS BAILEY, a brother from Chariton; MR. and MRS. MARK BAILEY of Chariton; JOHN BAILEY, STEVE and ISRAEL REED and daughter, of Decatur City.
The funeral services were held in the High Point M.E. Church Saturday, May 25th, at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. G.J. Winslow. The body was laid to rest in the High Point Cemetery.
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