Vernon Bailey, Jr.
Vernon Ford Bailey Jr., 68, died at his residence in Davenport on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
Vern was born June 17, 1945 at Stamford, the son of Vernon Ford Bailey Sr. and Margaret “Clark” Bailey. He married Judith Smith on February 9, 1985 at Davenport.
Vern was a man of many talents and a person known for his generosity to family and people in need.
He graduated from Gilboa Central School in 1963 and attended New Paltz Community College majoring in chemistry. He was a carpenter who built several custom homes in the area, and operated dairy farms in Conesville and Jefferson. He was a well-known chef and operated Vern’s Restaurant. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, restoring antiques, caning chairs,
beekeeping, and was a maple syrup producer. He was the lead singer and base guitar player for the band “Country Rain.”
His hobbies included motorcycles, reading, and putting on benefits for many organizations and people needing help. He received the Good Citizens Award from the Harpersfield Grange.
Surviving are his wife, Judith Bailey of Davenport; sons, Jeff (Wendy) Bailey of Davenport, Jason (Carly) Nellis of Fort Plain and Chris (Suzanna) Nellis of Dudley MA and daughters, Mary (David) Becker of Crystal Beach, FL, Kathy Halling of Palm Harbor, FL, Kim (Bryan) Bivins of Highland Springs, VA, and Jessica (BJ) Wilfeard of Cooperstown. Eighteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Candance Dawn Bailey.
A funeral service was held at the United Methodist Church in Harpersfield at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday June 14, 2014. The Revs. Dottie Morris and Robert Kersten officiated.
Calling hours were held at the Harpersfield Methodist Church on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
A committal services will be held at a later date at the Manorkill Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Vernon Ford Bailey may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice Memorial Fund at Margaretville Hospital, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Otsego Center for Independence.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.