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John Warren Bailey August 7, 1923 - September 28, 2020

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Rev. John Warren Bailey (aka Jackie, Padre Juan)
1923 – 2020
Pastor John “Jackie” Warren Bailey, 97, after a lifetime of faithful & dedicated service to Jesus
Christ, went peacefully to sleep and awakened to glory on September 28, 2020, the Day of
Atonement – Yom Kippur. After retiring at age 84, he continued to declare the Good News of
Jesus Christ throughout the various regions he resided. Since 2011, he resided in AZ where in the
early 1950’s he conducted deputation as a career missionary. It all began in 1899 – 1901 when his Italian grandparents immigrated to the United States from Bai Latina, Italy. Rafael Mone’ married Anna Castrillo (age 15) in 1902 and settled in New Castle,PA, where Rafael eventually died at a young age of 42 leaving Anna at 38, to raise her ten
surviving children (six boys and four girls). The eldest child grew up to be John’s mother, a godly
prayer warrior — Clara. Upon arrival in the USA from Bagnacavallo, Italy, his immigrant father,
Guisseppe Anselmo Bellenghi, was officially renamed Joseph Anselmo Bailey. Clara & Joseph
married in November 1922. In early August 1923, their first-born son John’s middle name was
chosen in honor of deceased President Warren Harding, whose body was reportedly transported
by train through Newcastle on the same date. John soon became elder brother to siblings Robert
Bailey (deceased) of Greenville, SC; Donald Bailey of Woodstock, GA; and Sylvia Greenway of
Houghton, NY. The Italian heritage of John’s grandparents exemplified the early traditional habits
of value in family unity & togetherness. That hallmark became a family tradition which continued
for more than a century, expanding to John’s grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Affectionately known by his parents and siblings as “Jackie,” he soon learned and followed the example of ingenuity, hard work and a strong desire to do what was necessary for a family. At the ripe age of 10, he experienced a mysterious working of the supernatural. After retrieving a
pound-sized Hershey’s chocolate bar from the cupboard kept in his grandmother’s downstairs
basement, he immediately grabbed the sharp chopping knife and placed the chocolate on the
counter top. Positioning his fist in the air in order to deliver a mighty crushing blow to the
chocolate bar directly below, suddenly a powerful whishing noise stopped him. An unseen force
gripped his right arm – immobilized and held it suspended mid-air. Unable to move his arm, he
looked closer and noticed the blade of the knife was sharp-side up. Had he pounded his fist
against the knife with the force intended…it was at that very moment deep within his inner
sanctum he responded to the divine calling to serve the Almighty as a full-time career missionary. It didn’t take long before he was known around school contemporaries as the “Rev,” receiving
theological training at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, with a Bachelor’s degree from Western
Michigan University. In 1946, he married the only woman he ever kissed — Ruth Kees, of home
church Bethel Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, MI. In addition to playing his baritone and
accompanying Ruth’s duets with George Beverly Shea of the Billy Graham Evangelistic
Association, he also spoke routinely on radio station WMBI in Chicago. Together Ruth and John
adopted their 18 month-old son, David M. [Beelick], while serving at Day Bible Church in
Kalamazoo, MI. Shortly thereafter, at an ordination service held on Thursday, May 3, 1951, at
Calvary Gospel Tabernacle in New Castle, PA, John was examined by the Council of 16 –
comprised of several pastors from Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Southern New York
State. Following this rigorous examination, he was deemed to have met the requirements for
Ordination as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After attending language school, the young
family served as missionaries in San Jose & Quepos, Costa Rica, under the auspices of the Central
American Mission board founded in 1890 by Dr. C.I. Scofield. During their tenure on the foreign field, John contracted tuberculosis, was forced to leave the beloved people of Costa Rica and the mission he established. The heartache of paradise lost was compounded by the debilitating illness, yet God’s hand of protection remained upon him. The
kind-hearted, generous descendants of Rafael & Anna (Mooney Brothers Trucking, PA) graciously
provided support, and after 10 months, he was able to relocate his young family to the medically
recommended dry climate of the southwest – El Paso, TX, where daughters, Anne and Rachel,
were eventually born. While working full-time, John also actively served as Precinct Chairman for
the Republican party of El Paso, TX, President of the El Paso TB Association, CPCU Agent for
Allstate Insurance Company, and established the first Protestant Chaplain’s program at RE
Thomason General Hospital in El Paso, all while performing duties as Associate Pastor to Hillside
Bible Presbyterian Church. These duties in addition to faithfully conducting two separate services
each week for more than 30 years, ministering to families in the extremely poverty-stricken
village of Zaragoza, Mexico. After retiring from Allstate Insurance Company, he moved to Rio
Rancho, NM, where he served an additional 25 years as an Associate Pastor, planting several
church ministries on behalf of the GARBC, delivering donated food and bread items to single
parent homes, the blind, and numerous others in need. A humble man, “Padre Juan” was also
recognized in 1993 by the New Mexico Secretary of State, for his “exemplary dedication and
service in enhancing the quality of life among all peoples.”
For the adored grand-daughters he raised, Dr. Ashley (Great-grandson, Xavier – Seattle, WA),
Karen (Great-grandson Cedric – Carlsbad, NM) and Holly (Great-grand daughter, Bailey –
Bremerton, WA), “Grampa” will be sorely missed. Grandchildren of son David & Virginia Bailey of Cantonment FL, include Christopher (deceased),Dianna (Pensacola, FL), Sharron (Hinton, OK), Kimberlee (Panama City, FL), and many more
beloved great-grandchildren. Due to COVID-19, a private-immediate family FB Messenger virtual viewing with a time of caring
& sharing to honor Rev. Bailey, Wednesday, September 30th. Final farewell at the yet-to-be determined “Celebration of Life”, to be officiated by son-in-law, Mr. David V. Atkins. Interment at the Vista Verde Memorial Garden Cemetery in Rio Rancho, NM.
Life verse: John 17:3 – And this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
Associated Baptists for World Evangelism: https://www.abwe.org/work/missionaries
Sudan Interior Missions: https://www.sim.org
The Jesus Film Project:
https://www.jesusfilm.org/how-to-help/ways-to-donate.html
Hacienda HealthCare Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled:https://www.haciendainc.org/

Due to COVID-19, a private-immediate family FB Messenger virtual viewing with a time of caring & sharing to honor Rev. Bailey, Wednesday, September 30th. Final farewell at the yet-to-be determined “Celebration of Life”, to be officiated by son-in-law, Mr. David V. Atkins. Interment at the Vista Verde Memorial Garden Cemetery in Rio Rancho, NM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
Associated Baptists for World Evangelism: https://www.abwe.org/work/missionaries
Sudan Interior Missions https://www.sim.org
The Jesus Film Project:
https://www.jesusfilm.org/how-to-help/ways-to-donate.html
Hacienda HealthCare Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled: https://www.haciendainc.org

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    Donna Wohlfert says

    Thank you, Anne, for letting me know about your father’s homegoing. It was special to read of your parent’s legacy. Many of us have lost a faithful prayer partner. Heaven grows closer as the Lord takes our loved ones and friends to glory. May God console your hearts with His love as you adjust to an empty spot in your heart and life. Lovingly, Donna

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    Patty Chestnut says

    David and Anne – I just wanted to say I have been praying for you both. I don’t remember the last time I saw your dad but have wonderful memories of him. Thanks so much for the family history in his obituary also. I didn’t know a lot of those things. It is a wonderful,Godly heritage we have. Love Patty Bailey Chestnut

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    Gina White and Paul White says

    Our Dearest Anne, we’re so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great man and a faithful son of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are thinking of you and your family at this time, and have you in our prayers. Much Love,

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