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Billy Joe Bailey, 73, of Jonesboro, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016, at home with his family by his side.

Billy Joe was born January 27, 1943, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and lived his life as a dedicated family man and a very successful Insurance Salesman in Jonesboro for over fifty years. Billy Joe was eternally in love with his wife Becky, his daughters Mary Ann and Penny and his five very special granddaughters: Madison, Bailey, Ally, Hannah and Mallorie.

Billy Joe was preceded in death by his parents Homer D. Bailey and Lucille Kingrey and his brother . Bailey. He is survived by Becky Bailey, his loving wife of 48 years, although those who knew them well can't remember a time when their souls were not intertwined. Additionally, Billy Joe is also survived by Mary Ann (Tommy) Lovrien and Penny (Jim) Loflin as well as his five granddaughters: Madison Loflin, Ally Loflin, Bailey Lovrien, Hannah Lovrien and Mallorie Lovrien.

As an outstanding running back at Jonesboro High School and later Arkansas State University, Billy Joe also had an infectious and welcoming personality which endeared him to his teammates and coaches. After graduation with a Business Administration Degree from ASU in January 1966, Billy Joe continued making contributions to the ASU athletic family as President of the Indian Club and as one of the five founders of the Arkansas State University Letterman's Club where he also served as President.

Following his graduation from ASU, Billy Joe embarked on a very successful lifetime profession as a life insurance agent in Jonesboro. During those intervening fifty plus years as a salesman, he was rightfully proud of his lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable, an elite association achieved by very few. He was also a member of the President's Cabinet, a prestigious honor honoring the top ten agents in American General for over 10 years and the number two agent with Conseco Life. Additionally, Billy Joe was especially proud of and thankful for the list of clients he developed in over thirty seven states.

A Celebration of Billy Joe's life will begin at 2:00 . on Friday, December 9, 2016 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 801 S. Main St in Jonesboro, where personal recollections and reflections of Billy Joe's life will be given. Visitation will follow the service and Emerson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

It will be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers a donation be sent to Brookland Basketball Boosters Club, . Box 638, Brookland, AR 72417.


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