James “Norman” Bailey, age 84, passed away at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Tuesday April 24, 2013.

Norman was born on September 24, 1928 in Clay County, Ark.

He moved with his family to Poplar Bluff, Mo. as a child, where he later met and married Sue Alexander McKinney in February, 1967.  He retired from Kelly Electric as a foreman in 1993.  He moved with his wife to Colorado Springs in May of 2009, to be closer to his son and grandchildren.  Norman enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, and antiquing.  He spent many happy hours at the Sale Barn.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James E. and Nota (Stafford) Bailey; five brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Sue;  his son, Richard McKinney and wife, Denise; one grandson Steven McKinney and wife, Bjana; one granddaughter, Sarah McKinney and husband, Hector; and five grandchildren, Taylor, Caitlyn, Inesia, Isaac, and Eloise, all of Colorado Springs.  He is also survived by one brother, Olden Bailey; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends; and a son, Jim Bailey, by a previous marriage.

Norman was a kind and gentle man who was beloved by his family and will be greatly missed. 

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013 at Mt. Zion Cemetery, on W Highway in Williamsville, Mo., with Rev. Ralph Mayes officiating.  Arrangements made by Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, 844 Cedar Street, Poplar Bluff, Mo.