Tommy Alfred Bailey

November 10, 1940 - March 10, 2019

Tommy Alfred Bailey of Prosper, Texas passed away March 10, 2019, at the age of 78.  He was born November 10, 1940, to Doris Alfred Bailey and Dorothy (McNies) Bailey in Prosper, Texas. Tommy graduated from Prosper High School in 1959.  He was a third generation Prosper resident.  Tommy married the love of his life, Linda Sue Preston on October 19, 1962 at Verona Baptist Church. He and Linda had many wonderful years together.  He loved to play baseball in his younger years and loved to watch it into his older years with Linda. They enjoyed farming together for many years as she would raise a garden, haul cotton to the gin during harvest and provide wonderful home cooked meals for lunch and dinner during planting and harvest times.  They traveled nearly every summer for many years to different states.  Their favorite was the mountains of Colorado. They served at First Baptist Church Prosper together including singing in the church choir until their health declined. He was a farmer most of his life in and around Prosper.  He loved to farm and ranch.  Well known in the area for straight rows, clean fields, and honest dealings. Many young men from Prosper will remember working for him in the cotton fields during their summer breaks. For many years he was a Texas A&M Extension Service Demo Cooperator helping plant and harvest test crops for our region.   

He served two terms on the city council for the Town of Prosper and served on the Prosper ISD School Board also for two terms. Tommy was a member of the Prosper Co Op Gin Association for many years.   

He trusted in Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized in the early 1970's.  Shortly after, he was ordained as a deacon at First Baptist Church Prosper and served the Lord at FBC Prosper for nearly five decades as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, committee member, and more.  His love for Christ was always apparent and he was not shy to tell someone about Christ when the opportunity presented itself. His greatest passion was his love of Christ, love of his wife, love of his son and daughter-in-law, the love of his eleven grandchildren and three great- grandchildren, the love of his siblings and his church family.  He will be missed by them all.  

Tommy is survived by his wife, Linda Sue Bailey of Prosper, Texas; son, Scott Bailey and wife, Dana also of Prosper, Texas; grandchildren, Ashley Garcia and husband, Jonathan, Sarah Bailey, Joshua Bailey and wife, Chelsea, Morgan Bailey, Collin Bailey and wife, Maddie, Austin Bailey, Benjamin Bailey, Zachary Bailey, Gracie Bailey, Samuel Bailey and Charlie Bailey; brothers, Johnny Bailey and wife, Sandy, Kenneth Bailey and wife, June and Brian Bailey and wife, Gloria; sisters, Kathy Russell and husband, Phil, Murri Hicks and husband, Terry and Gay Potvin and husband, Ricky; great-grandchildren, Brody, Harper, and Finley.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Doris Alfred and Dorothy Bailey; sisters, Janelle Florence and Joy Fisher; and step-mother, Joyce Bailey.  

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. Interment is to follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 


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Oh how this precious man was loved. He was such a wonderful person all his 78 years. He loved his wife Linda like no other. They were just a pair. They had one son that built them an amazing big family and Linda and Tommy loved them all dearly. I remember how proud they were of their son and his baseball career. Proud daddy. Of course he is part of our big Templin/Bailey family. My parents Joe and Nell loved Tommy and all his siblings and they were so close to his momma and daddy. Made many visits to their home. Tommy was a God loving man. At our big family Christmases he always led the prayer except for maybe a few times. He was my older cousin and I loved him with all my heart. That big smile and that boisterous laugh you just can't forget. He was like a big teddy bear. Honest to the bone. He will be missed by so man family and friends. He had a big immediate family and a bunch of aunts, uncles and cousins. Linda, Scott and Dana know we will always be here for you all. We so missed Tommy and Linda at our family Christmas this year and we will miss him every holiday and family get together. Love you all. Donna Kay and Kenny feels the same way!!!
Donna Elliott, March 12, 2019 We are so sorry to hear about Tommy. Please know that y’all are in our thoughts and prayers. Darrin and Denice Green, March 12, 2019