In memory of
Jimmie Lee Robertson Bailey
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In memory of
Jimmie Lee Robertson Bailey
Robertson Bailey, Jimmie Lee Mrs. Jimmie Lee Robertson Bailey was ready when she passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord surrounded by family at the home of her daughter on October 15, 2016, about two weeks shy of her 93rd birthday. The daughter of Carter Bunyan and Opal Ray Robertson, she was born in October 1923 in Murray, Kentucky. By 1930 her father moved the family to Highland Park, Michigan so he could work at Ford Motor Company. She graduated from public schools in Detroit where she played basketball. After the war, she met Marshal Evans Bailey from Glasgow, Kentucky, who was in Detroit serving as a member of the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps although he told her he washed windows at the federal building. She married Marshal in April 1951 and she eventually blessed Marshal, who was an only child, with three children. She was especially blessed that one of them was a devoted daughter. Jimmie and Marshal moved back to the south and eventually ended up in Montgomery by 1959 where they bought a house and made life-long friends on West Street and then Sommerville Drive. They also remained close to childhood friends in Kentucky. Jimmie and Marshal were able by the grace of God to, as she would say, get her children beyond the "fools hill" of adolescence to become productive citizens—even the two boys. Jimmie's father and mother moved to Montgomery when Carter retired from Ford. But soon they jointly owned and operated what was the Ace Hardware Store in Cloverland Shopping Center where Jimmie served as the bookkeeper and strict taskmaster to her children who worked there part-time. Her parents were married over 50 years when Opal died in Montgomery. Jimmie was a faithful wife to Marshal for over 45 years. After Marshal died in 1996 she never remarried. Shortly before his death, Marshal finally confided to Jimmie that he had worked undercover for the FBI during the turmoil of the civil rights movement and most of their marriage. Although awarded a Bronze Star for valor as a Marine on Iwo Jima, Marshal never had the courage to tell Jimmie at any time she could have stopped him. Although raised in the Baptist Church, after Marshal's death, Jimmie became a member of First Methodist Church with her daughter and son-in-law and attended as long as her health permitted. When health did not permit, she cherished visits from her church family. In addition to Marshal and her parents, Jimmie was preceded in death by her brother Billie Ray of Ann Arbor, Michigan and a son, Michael Elliot, by a previous marriage. "Gramma B's" living presence is more than a memory to her children: Dennis Ray (Stacia) Bailey of Montgomery; David Carter (Trina) Bailey of Orlando, FL. and Martie Bailey (Mark) McEnerney of Montgomery; her grandchildren: John Evans (Casey) Bailey of Montgomery; Stacia Marion Bailey and Emily Ailene Bailey of Birmingham; Mary Beth Bailey of Orlando, FL; Catherine Carter McEnerney of Atlanta, GA.; Laura Thomas McEnerney of Birmingham; and Carter Elliot of Florida; and to her new great granddaughter: Ella Reese Bailey who had just learned to say "B" a week before Jimmie passed and much to the delight of both. Jimmie is survived by her sister, Nancy Simpson, and her sister-in-law Marianna Robertson, both who still reside in Michigan, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends in Michigan and Kentucky. She and her family also appreciate the caring attention of sitters Tondra Smith and Sherry Barnett during the last weeks of her life on earth. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery on Tuesday October 18 at 2 p. m. Family visitation will take place the hour prior to the service in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers and in accordance with "B's" written instructions to "Keep it Simple!", the family would ask that memorials be made to the Cathedral Builders at First United Methodist Church of Montgomery.
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