William Tarrant Bailey - Obituary - National Loan & Exchange Bank of Greenwood - Cashier

WT Bailey

06/06/1886 – Greenwood, SC
11/02/1938 – Greenwood, SC

William Tarrant Bailey

Willie T. Bailey Died Last Night
Prominent Citizen Succumbs To Heart Attach.  Funeral Tomorrow
Willie Tarrant Bailey, prominently identified with the business and social life of Greenwood for many years, died at his home No 323 Hampton avenue last night at eleven o’clock.  Although friends had known that he was ill it was not generally known that he was critically ill.  The new of his death gave his large circle of friends a great shock.
Mr. Bailey was stricken with a heart attack two weeks ago but as he had recovered from an attack about a year ago it was hoped that rest and treatment would gain be effective and he would be out soon.  He had a turn for the worse Sunday night and yesterday it was realized that he was seriously ill.  The end came about eleven o’clock.
Mr. Bailey was a native of Greenwood and had spent the greater part of his life in active business here.  He was born June 6, 1886 and was in his fifty-third year.  His parents were Joel Smith Bailey and Clara Tarrant Bailey, both also natives of Greenwood and members of families who had been residents of the community from its early days.  His grandfather, James Bailey, was a native of Laurens county but as a young man he had come to this section, first as a clerk for Joel Smith at Stony Point, then as a partner and finally locating in Greenwood where he was a pioneer merchant.
Mr. Bailey’s maternal grandfather, the late Capt. J.R. Tarrant was also one of the early settlers of he village of Greenwood and was a prominent citizen of the community.
Completing the course in Greenwood High School in 1902, Mr. Bailey entered Davidson College in that year and was graduated from that college in June 1905.  After graduation he went to Birmingham to work for his uncle, the late James Bailey, but after one year he began work as bookkeeper for the First National Bank of Greenwood, becoming assistant cashier and when this bank was merged with the Loan and Exchange Bank to form the National Loan and Exchange Bank Mr. Bailey became cashier and later was vice-president and cashier.
In 1930 Mr. Bailey was appointed an assistant State bank examiner and served about two years when he resigned to accept the position of field representative for the Hanover National Bank or New York City, now Central-Hanover Trust Company.  Mr. Bailey represented the bank in the two Carolinas and Georgia in handling collections and other business matter for it.  His effective work won him high praise from the officials of this bank.
In 1935 Mr. Bailey, having closed up the work for the Central-Hanover Trust Company, accepted appointment as director of employment in the State division of WPA with headquarters in Columbia.  Last fall he resigned this position and returned to Greenwood to become secretary-treasurer of the Greenwood telephone company.  He was serving in that capacity at the time of his death.
Mr. Bailey was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian church and had served both as deacon and as elder.  For over twenty-five years he played piano in the Sunday School and for much of that time was assistant superintendent of the Sunday School.  He was not only fond of good music but was an accomplished musician himself.  He also taught a Bible class of young men in this Sunday School and many of his former pupils today as they had done before expressed their appreciation of his work as a teacher.  He had the most remarkable record of never having missed attendance at Sunday School in the 25 year period.
Mr. Bailey served as trustee for several years of his alma mater, Davidson.  He was the “alumni trustee”, the man for the place being selected by vote of the members of the alumni association and the honor was a tribute to his high standing among his fellow graduates.
Both in his high school and college days Mr. Bailey was a great baseball player and was fond of all athletics.  He was full of energy and vitality and was widely known by lovers of clean sport in this State and in North Carolina also.
On June 14, 1911 Mr. Bailey was married to Miss Rosalie McCaslan of Greenwood.  She with three daughters survive him:  Miss Rosalie Bailey, a teacher in the public school of Summerville; Miss Clara Bailey, a voice student in New York City; and Miss Jean Foster Bailey, a student of Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana.  One sister, Mrs. Arch M. Smith of Greenwood; and two brothers, J. Bowen Bailey of Lafayette, Indiana; and C. Bernard Bailey, of Charlottesville, Va., also survive and two nieces, Miss Margaret Bailey, of Greenwood, and Miss Lucy Bailey, of Charlottesville, and four nephews, Bowen, Joel, Robert, and Donald Bailey, of Lafayette, Indiana.
Funeral services will be conducted at the First Presbyterian church tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock by Dr. R.C. Long and Dr. A.T. Jamison.  Interment will be in Magnolia cemetery.
The following will serve as pallbearers: Active – Lee Hodges, James Bailey, Guy Tarrant, Henry L. Reynolds, C.H. Camp.  Wilmot Hughey, Carl Barksdale, and Eugene Goodwyn; honorary – J.W. Sproles, C.B. Barksdale, G. Roy Barksdale, W.D. Wilkinson, T.M. Myers, P.G. Hartzog, J.T. McLees, Dr. J.M. McLees, H.G. Hartzog, Dr. S.C. Hodges, Frank Hodges, James Hodges, W.E. Black, George Hodges, Bonner Harvley, John B. Sloan, Dr. W.P. Turner, Dr. C.H. Blake, Enest Rosenberg, Grover Henderson, A.W. Henderson, J.P. Abney, Dr. Henry K. Thayer, George R. Holloway, M.G. McDonald, Dr. H.L. Fellers, E.P. Wideman, Arthur Lee, Nick Sterghos, H.L. Watson, George E. Watson, J. Williams Watson, J.M. Elliott, L.K. Hartzog, R.B. Curry, R.B. Cain, Clarence Smith, W.W. Benson, E.H. Blake, W.A. Williams, Dr. G.P. Neel, W.A. McDowell, Dr. Lowry Pressly, Joel S. Morse, T.K. Johnstone, I.P. Graham, Leslie M. Milling, Royden Watkins, and R.E. McCaslan.