Gilbert McLeod "Gib" Bailey, age 91 of Carthage died Thursday.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday at Union Presbyterian Church with the Rev. William A. Stewart, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
A native of Moore County he was a son of the late Martin McQueen Bailey and Ina Fields Bailey. He was a US Army veteran and a member of American Legion post #12 for 60 years. He was a retired Post Master where he worked in the Carthage Post Office for 42 years. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by: his wife Ilene Blalock Bailey and his son Gilbert McLeod "Mac" Bailey, Jr.
Gib lived a very active life and was known by many throughout the County and elsewhere as "The Glad Man" for all the gladiolas he grew and gave away. He also enjoyed farming and grew pumpkins and gourds in the fall for those who wanted them. He was a tree farmer too, and had received the Tree Farmer of the Year award as well as other awards including: the Lifetime Membership Award from Union Presbyterian Church and the Citizen of the Year award from the Rotary Club of Carthage.
He is survived by: a daughter Rebecca Bailey of Carthage; son David Bailey and wife Barbara of Sanford; daughter-in-law Jean Bailey of Clayton; sister Edith Marsh; brother Charles Bailey; grandchildren Stephen and Matthew Bailey.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6:00-8:00 PM at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home and other times at the residence.
Memorials may be made to: Union Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 898, Carthage, NC 28327.
Condolences: www.FryandPrickett.com

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  1. David,
    I am so sorry to hear about your father passing you and your family will be in my prayers. We miss you truely at DOT. May God bless you!
    -Jestina

  2. David and Becky, I am so sorry to hear about your dad and my friend. I never saw Mr. Bailey when he didnt have a smile and kind word. Susan and I are out of town and regret we wont be able to make the service, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you

  3. I\’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Gilbert\’s death. My mother, Edna Earle Watson, had been keeping me posted of his recent illness. I got to meet him through my Mom and she thought the world of him. He was very sweet to bring her his beautiful glads each year

  4. Dear Becky, David and family,
    We were so saddened to learn of your father\’s passing. We know that you will miss him terribly. This past year we lost Bill\’s Dad and my Mother and the year before Bill\’s Mother. We know what you are going through an

  5. Dear Becky and David,
    I was saddened to hear about the death of your Dad. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your great loss.
    Gib was a long time classmate and dear friend of 84 years. We entered first grade, graduated in 1936 and attended

  6. I was a little boy growing up Carthage when I first met Gib Bailey. I also knew Gib\’s son, Mac, who was one year ahead of me in school. Someone told me years ago, \"You should always try to make a good impression.\" Gib Bailey did just that, ev

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