(MT. ZION, Ill.) Jerome Allen Bailey, 87, of Mt. Zion, Ill., died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at HSHS St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur, Ill.
Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at 2 p.m. in Pieta Mausoleum at Graceland Cemetery.
Jerome was born July 15, 1933, in Randolph County, Ala., the son of Fred Allen and Nannie Sue Jackson Bailey. Jerome worked as a mechanic for Firestone until retiring and also worked as an outboard mechanic for many years. He was a member of First General Baptist Church and Summit Lodge #431 A.F. & A.M. in Warrensburg, Ill. Jerome married Nellie Sue Cline on Nov. 19, 1966, in Athens, Tenn., and she preceded him in death on Jan. 23, 2004.
Surviving are his daughter, Betty Page (Wyatt) of Golden, Colo.; grandchildren: Amber Schaumburg and Austin Page; a great-grandchild due in June; siblings, Maxine Breed of Alabama and Glynis Perdue (Raymond) and Wayne Bailey (Syble), both of Georgia; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Jerome was preceded in death by his parents, wife, infant sister Beatrice, and sister, Mary Jim Washington (Ray).
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to First General Baptist Church Mission Trips. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Decatur, Ill.