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Mildred Griffin Bailey

March 24, 1930 — September 10, 2022

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

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