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Services Saturday for long-time official

Jerry E. Bailey, retired Lincoln County tax assessor-collector,died Wednesday at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonof complications following a respiratory infection.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Harrigill FuneralHome Chapel with burial in Cold Springs Church of Christ Cemetery.Visitation is Friday from noon until 10 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Brookhaven Tax Collector Pat Duckworth said Mr. Bailey helpedher greatly when she was elected and throughout their time inoffice together.

“Mr. Bailey was always willing to share his knowledge, and Iappreciated him,” Duckworth said. “I think he served the countyvery honorably.”

Mr. Bailey, 66, was born in Lincoln County on March 2, 1935, toErvin and Emma Richardson Bailey. He was a 1953 graduate of BogueChitto High School. He also graduated from Copiah-Lincoln CommunityCollege and Whitworth College. He was an active member of ColdSprings Church of Christ, where he served as treasurer.

Mr. Bailey served Lincoln County as tax assessor-collector from1976-2000. He was a member of the Brookhaven Noon Lions Club wherehe was Lion of the Year in 1990-91. He was also a member of theBrookhaven/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and the Mississippiand Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Associations. He served as presidentof the Mississippi Assessors and Collectors Association in1983.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Jeannette JordanBailey of Bogue Chitto. Other survivors are his daughter andson-in-law, Cynthia and Wade Hinshaw of Bogue Chitto; hisgrandchildren, Jacob and Bailey Hinshaw of Bogue Chitto; his fosterbrother, Eugene Richardson of Bay St. Louis, and a very specialcousin, Brenda Richardson Hall of Bogue Chitto.

Mr. Bailey will be best remembered for his friendly personalityand his willingness to always help his fellow man. He thoroughlyenjoyed his years of service to Lincoln County.