Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green, Mo. with Pastor LaMar Hester officiating. Burial will be in the Jefferson Barrack National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Arthur was born Sept. 1, 1932 in Tuckerman, the son of Arthur Frederick and Bessie Mae McGinnis Bailey. On April 4, 1953 he married June Bailey in Newport. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Mark Bailey and wife, Debbie, of Wright City, Mo.; daughter, Linda Ann Cokley and husband, Mike, of Defiance, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Terri Bailey of Bowling Green, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Nathan, Justine, Trent, Joshua, Shawn, Ryan, Steven and Ashley; and seven great-grandchildren, Micah, Isaac, Eli, Mackinley, Jaxtyn, Landon and Jadyn. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Rickey Arthur Bailey; and a brother, Charles Bailey.
Arthur lived in the St. Charles, Mo. area before moving to Bowling Green, Mo. in 1978. He was a member of the Fairgrounds Road Church of Christ in Troy. He served in the US Army during the Korean War as a member of the 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, N.C. He worked as an electrical engineer for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in St Louis, Mo. for 36 years and retired in 1992. He enjoyed farming, taking care of the farm and being on the tractor. He loved fishing, hunting, the outdoors, and tinkering in his workshop. He volunteered at the Hope Center and volunteered helping with the Boy Scouts. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Joshua Bailey, Nathan Cokley, Trent Cokley, Tyler Baker, Ryan Raby, Shawn Raby, Luke Bollinger, and Steven Bailey.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be left at www.muddveach.com.