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Howard Gale Bailey

Howard Gale Bailey, 76, of Columbia, Ky., died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at his home.

He was born July 9, 1941, in Irvine, Ky.

He was preceded in death by his father, H.J. Bailey and a sister, Ada Abbott.

He retired from Columbia Utilities Commission in the Water Plant Operation, was a member of Russell Heights Baptist Church, where he played the piano for years, a member of the Singing Bailey Family and an accomplished musician, making music from any instrument. He served in the National Guard during the Vietnam Era.

He is survived by his wife, Julia Neat Bailey of Columbia, his daughter and son-in-law, Missy and Shane Garmon of Columbia; his mother, Glydus Bailey of Columbia; three brothers, Junior Bailey and his wife Sue, Bill Bailey and his wife Dorthy, Danny Bailey and his wife Linda, all of Columbia; one sister, Irene Harmon of Glens Fork; two grandsons, Trey and Tanner Garmon; one great-granddaughter, Aubree Rey Garmon; several other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Puteet and Bro. Vitis Bailey officiating.

Burial was in New Hope Cemetery with full military honors presented by VFW Post 6097.

Casket Bearers were: Shane Garmon, Trey Garmon, Tanner Garmon, Eddie Regan, Steve Harmon, and David Ellis.

Honorary Casket Bearers were former co-Workers of Columbia Utilities.

In lieu of flowers, donation of Gideon Bibles or to the New Hope Cemetery Fund would be appreciated. These may be made at the funeral home.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.