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Graveside Service

Oakland Cemetery
Friday September 16th, 2022

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Mildred Griffin Bailey

Mildred Griffin Bailey, age 92, of Cleveland, MS, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Indywood Estates in Cleveland, MS.

Graveside funeral service will be held for family and friends at 2:00 PM Friday, September 16, 2022, in the Oakland City Cemetery, Oakland, Mississippi. Reverend Walter Goldsmith will officiate the service.

As she was affectionately known, Mildred, "Mickey" was born March 24, 1930, to James Webb Griffin and Elizabeth Ferguson Griffin in Lambert Mississippi. She and her family moved to Oakland, Mississippi in 1949 where she graduated from Oakland High School. On December 29, 1949, she married Ben Townes Bailey in Oakland, Mississippi. In 1963 they moved to Benoit, Mississippi. She became employed by the Bostick Brothers, where she was the bookkeeper and office manager. Mildred moved to Cleveland, Mississippi in 2005. She was a member of Benoit Union Church for many years. Mildred was a great mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved to cook, garden, play cards and bingo with her friends; watch football, and attend as many sporting events as she could for her grandchildren.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Townes Bailey, Sr.; daughter, Mildred Carolyn Bailey Burroughs, stepson, Douglas Bailey, Sr. and ten siblings.


She is survived by her son, Michael Ray Bailey (Debbie) of Hernando, MS; daughter Evelyn Burnice Bailey Eley (Bob) of Cleveland, MS; son, Robert Keith Bailey (Suzanne) of Madison, MS, Son- in -Law, Ronald Lynn Burroughs of Jacksonville, FL, stepson, Ben Townes Bailey, Jr. (Ann) of Cleveland, MS; two stepdaughters, Patricia Ann Bailey of St. Louis, MO and Nan Bailey Blackmon (Richard) of Madison, MS. She also leaves 17 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.

Pallbearers are grandsons; Bubba Bailey (Michelle), Zack Bailey, Mickey Bailey (Mickey), Doug Bailey, Jr., Mason Bailey, Matthew Harmon, Brayden Harmon, and Ron Burroughs, Jr.

Honorary bearers are grandsons in law; Scotty Harmon (Amy), Ross Barkley (Lara), Pete Golding (Carolyn), Curt Spencer (Alicia), Josh Roberts (Katie Anne), and Chris Kemp (Stephanie).

Memorials may be made to Benoit Union Church or the First United Methodist Church of Cleveland.

Cleveland Funeral home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. The online guest register may be signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net

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To all of the Baileys, I’ll always cherish the times I spent with Carolyn at your house. Mickey was the best cook! My Mother enjoyed the years she worked with her at Bostick Bros. I’ll always treasure the times I took her to MSU to watch Katie Ann play softball. We laughed and got caught up on Benoit news!! She loved to laugh!! I will miss my sweet friend. Love to all!!

Ramona Rizzo Sep 18 2022 6:05 PM

Mickey, Ben and all the children were like family to us Robinsons. Mickey was always a joy to be around. Loved her. Condolences to the family. R.I.P Mickey

Linda Robinson Colston Sep 16 2022 8:35 PM

Ms. Mickey and family were our neighbors in Oakland and they were all a huge part of our family. I think we all cried when they moved to Benoit. Much love and many precious memories of the entire clan. Mickey was a very special person! Mike Robinson

Mike Robinson Sep 16 2022 7:43 PM

I am forever grateful for the short season of life I got too share with Ms Mickey. It was ordained by God that our paths came together. I remember she loved to laugh and she loved her family.

Melissa Ware Sep 14 2022 2:47 PM

My deepest sympathies to all of Mickeys family. She was a special lady and I loved her very much. She was a hard one to beat at rummicube and I played with her for years. A classy lady, she was! May she ready in peace.

Nancy Satterfield Sep 14 2022 2:18 PM

We send our deep sympathy to all of you. What a remarkable gift of love and joy she was to all .

Mary Sue and Don Mitchell Sep 14 2022 12:24 PM

May she Rest In Peace.

Chris Balducci Sep 12 2022 2:09 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mildred Bailey

Jack Sexton Sep 12 2022 1:28 PM