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Edward M. Bailey

Former Floyd County Councilman and Georgetown Town Council member Edward M. (Ed) Bailey died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany after a bout with cancer. He was 80.
Bailey served one term on the Floyd County Council in the 1970s and two terms on the Georgetown Town Council, one in the 1980s and another in the early 1990s, said Charles W. Wilson of Edwardsville, who knew Bailey more than 25 years.
A Democrat, Bailey, was seeking his third term on the council in this fall’s election, as he faced Republican Gary Smith for the Ward 1 council seat.
‘He’s been a very important man for the city of Georgetown,’ Wilson said.
Wilson said he and Bailey were ‘the best of friends’ and spent lots of time together over the years. Wilson said Bailey’s health deteriorated during the last month, and he spent time with him almost every day while Bailey was in the hospital and rehabilitation center. Wilson served as a pallbearer at Bailey’s funeral.
Bailey worked more than 30 years as transportation director for the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. and operated a cattle and water hauling business for many years, Wilson said. Bailey also drove a school bus for years in Floyd County.
Wilson said Bailey supplied many people in the area with water who do not have access to a city water system and he never hesitated to donate his time and money to the community that had been his home nearly all his life.
‘They’re going to really miss Ed Bailey,’ Wilson said. ‘I just can’t say enough good things about him.’
A native of Georgetown, born Oct. 1, 1922, Bailey was the son of the late John R. and Florence Roten Bailey.
He owned Bailey Trucking Co. in Georgetown and was a member of Indian Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include a sister, Margaret Dean Hammersmith of Georgetown.
Funeral: Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Georgetown with burial in Wolfes Cemetery.
Officiant: The Rev. Roy McClain.
Pallbearers: Les Burden, Charles Wilson, Henry Peper, Carl Seacat, Steven Raisor and Robert Chase.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society.