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R.D. Bailey

R.D. “Rick” Bailey, 95, of Mulberry died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at a local nursing home. He was a retired truck driver, attended Vine Prairie Baptist Church in Mulberry and was an Army veteran of World War II, where he was a member of the 36th Infantry Division as a medic. He served in Patton’s Army under commanding Gen. Alexander “Sandy” Patch. He received seven major battle ribbons and a Silver Star and was the most highly decorated living World War II veteran in the state of Arkansas. He was born Jan. 6, 1919, in Clarksville and was the widower of Velta Jean Bailey.

Survivors include two daughters, Theresa Williams and Ollivette Bailey, both of Mulberry; a son, Douglas Bailey of Spiro; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ocker Chapel in Alma with burial with military honors at New Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Cody Bailey, Doug Clardy, Jeremy Brake, Jesse Williams and Audie Bailey.

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