Rick Bailey

Frederick Meade “Rick” Bailey, 76, husband of Libby Carol Meers Watters Bailey passed away Sept. 23, 2021. Born to the now-late Colonel Bailey and Dotty Meade Bailey June 1, 1945 in Ypsilanti, MI.

Following graduation from Paintsville High School in 1963, Rick began attending the University of Kentucky and became a cub reporter for the Lexington Leader and Lexington Herald. He obtained a B.A., in English and Journalism from UK in 1967. He served honorably (’68-’72) in the US Air Force. He returned to the H-L covering: religion, entertainment and sports. He retired in 2009, after 43 years of reporting.

Rick was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lexington. He taught a men’s Sunday school class for many years. Rick participated in a Walk to Emmaus retreat, one of his most memorable Christian experiences.

Rick’s love of children led him to serve on the board at the High Street Neighborhood Center. He researched and wanted to write a book about the center. His wife drafted him to work with her on the Bluegrass Charity Regatta held on Cave Run Lake annually to benefit the Hearing and Speech Center in Lexington.

One of the most important jobs was that of being a Grandad. He expressed fear of maybe not seeing a grandchild once during an illness. He was happiest to read to them, dance with them, and joke with them.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Bethany (Sean) Abercrombie, and their daughter Rose Marie; stepson Bryan (Melanie) Watters, and their children, Avery, Evan, and Cora Mae; sister Susan Lykins; brother-in-law Malcolm (Debbie) Meers; nephew Brett (Sarah) Meers; niece Hannah Meers; and a host of cousins.

Services Friday, Oct. 15th, First UMC, 200 West High Street, Lexington: visitation 11-12, memorial service at 12:15pm. Masks required and appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations encouraged to First United Methodist Church (https://downtownlex.org/) or the High Street Neighborhood Center (http://www.highstreetneighborhood.org/) or alternatively donate at www.christiancarecommunities.org/donate-now/ and designate Best Friends in Nicholasville when making a gift.