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Thomas E. Bailey

October 25, 1930 - July 11, 2020
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Mr. Thomas E. Bailey, age 89, of Fayetteville, TN passed away on July 11, 2020 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born on October 25, 1930 in Elm Grove, Wisconsin to the late Thomas J. and Adele Louise Doering Bailey.

Tom earned a civil engineering degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, in 1953 and served in the US Army’s 503rd Engineer Company in Germany from 1953 to 1955.

Tom worked as a Professional Civil Engineer at Stearns-Rogers Manufacturing in Denver CO, and Brown Engineering in Huntsville, AL. Tom worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority and at the University of Tennessee Space Institute and retired in 1996. Tom earned a master’s degree in aviation systems in 1995 while at UTSI. Tom worked as a civil engineer providing consulting services to the middle TN area for 23 years, starting in 1996.

Tom served as a member of the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Industrial Development Board, Fayetteville Regional Planning Commission, Fayetteville Building Code Board of Appeals, and the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce.

Tom was a member of the Fayetteville First Presbyterian Church for 62 years where he served in many capacities, including as Elder, and leading many committees. Tom’s hobbies included model railroading, and historical and technical writing.

Tom is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Lou Wells Bailey; sons, Mark (Jenny) Bailey of Woodinville, WA, Alan (Connie) Bailey of Shelbyville, TN, Lynn (Michelle) Bailey of Denver, CO; grandchildren, Cooper and Makenna Bailey; brother-in-law, David (Ellen) Wells of Winchester, TN; nieces, Wendy Wells and Kim (Steve) Arnold, and their families.

Visitation with the family will be from 5 PM until 7 PM on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Higgins Funeral Home. Private burial services will be held at Riverview Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville at P.O. Box 472, Fayetteville, TN 37334, or a charity of your choice.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Thomas E. Bailey.

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Schedule of Services
  • Visitation
  • Date: July 15, 2020
    Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM