A memorial service to honor the life of Jerry Clifton Bailey, Sr., age 76, were held on Saturday, June 11, 2022, 3:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Haynesville, Louisiana, Rev. John Campbell, officiated. Inurnment followed in Gordon Cemetery near Haynesville. Visitation was from 1-3:30 p.m., at the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers honoring Jerry, his family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
Jerry’s life began in Haynesville, Louisiana, on May 22, 1945, and sadly ended May 16, 2022. His parents, Wilson (deceased) and Aubyn (deceased) knew early on that their baby boy was going to be full of curiosity and endless energy. As a young adolescent, Jerry attended Haynesville High School where he played for the Golden Tornado football team. As a member of the Future Farmers of America, Jerry’s high energy and grit earned him the name of “Poncho.” After graduating from high school in 1963, Jerry began working in Mississippi. There he met a pretty girl by the name of Linda Beck. She quickly stole his heart and they married March of 1965. From 1965 thru 1971, Jerry served with the Army National Guard in Carthage, Texas. Through the early years, Jerry and Linda’s family grew with the birth of Jerry, Jr., Daryl, Jacob (deceased) and Patsy. Their family continued to grow with five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In October of 1979, Jerry and his Uncle J.A. Bailey bought J&L Moon’s Grocery and Market in the Antioch Community. In this very location, Jerry had the time of his life for 42 years preparing his delicious barbeque ribs, served up with the most flavorful beans, potato salad and sweet tea. Fans from everywhere came to Moon’s on Friday and Saturday nights to savor his delicious choice ribeye steaks and bake potato. Through his fame at the grill, Jerry stayed busy with his catering business. Even though Jerry enjoyed barbequing, he loved the outdoors and could be found gardening or on his John Deere tractor, cutting hay all over Claiborne Parish.
Through much of his life, Jerry had the opportunity to meet and befriend many people from all walks of life and places. “Poncho,” as many called him, treasured many memories made with these special people.
Jerry spent much of his free time squirrel hunting with friends in the woods of Middle fork or Corney bottoms. If not hunting, Jerry could be found playing dominoes with Lum Edwards. With his busy life style, Jerry still could find time to sit in his favorite chair and visit with all those passing through Moon’s. During Jerry’s 76 years, that once curious, high energy little boy grew up to be a multi-tasking businessman that never met a stranger and was a special friend to many.
He is survived by wife, Linda; two sons, Jerry, Jr., of Arcadia, and Daryl of Homer; daughter Patsy and husband Chris of Haynesville; five grandchildren, Dustie and husband Robert of Oklahoma, Reed of Arcadia, Briiana of Homer, Parker of Haynesville, and Carmon of Ruston; great-grandchildren, Gauge and Paige of Oklahoma, Kinley of Arcadia, Averie of Sarepta, and Mila of Homer; two sisters, Shirley Miller and husband Richard of Shreveport and Lajuana Reeder and husband Robert of Dubach; three nephews, Jeff Teague and wife Mary of Texas, Greg Teague and wife Jennifer of Texas, and Clint Benefield and wife Leslie of Shongaloo; a niece, Holly Weaver and husband Chris of Choudrant; and Celee, his English bulldog.
The Bailey Family would like to thank family and friends for the cards, flowers and kind expressions of sympathy shown following Jerry’s passing. Your support at this difficult time is deeply appreciated and a great comfort to us. The family would also like to express their gratitude to Dr. Clifton Salmon, Dr. Manish Dhawan, Regional Hospice and all their staffs for the care and compassion given to Jerry in his final days.
Honoring him as pallbearers were Brian Pepper, Sammy Sims, Mike Hollenshead, Patrick Bailey, Reed Phillips, Danny Lee, Pat Branch, and Jody Pugh.
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Rose-Neath Funeral Home