[AARA] Ole Bailey - W5DKA - Silent Key

graham204 at cox.net graham204 at cox.net
Fri Oct 21 19:10:10 EDT 2011

If I'm not mistaken, Herman, he was also instrumental in the starting of radio station KJEF in Jennings, or at least was instrumental in its history at some point/


---- Herman Campbell <kn5grk at lusfiber.net> wrote: 
> Clovis Bailey aka "Ole Bailey" long time amateur radio operator W5DKA 
> became a silent key at 9:15 am Thursday.  Many of our fellow hams knew 
> him if they checked in on the Gulf Coast Sideband Net and Delta Sideband 
> Net on 75 meters where he became an icon.  He usually attended the AARA 
> Hamfest in Rayne each year.
> His comical comments  and knowledge of electronics were a inspiration to 
> all. /*He will be greatly missed by all !*/
> Picture from AARA Hamfest 2010 in March
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> /*Obit from Miguez Funeral Home*/
> http://www.miguezfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1290215&fh_id=11674
> Funeral services for Mr. Clovis L. Bailey, 94, will be held at 10:00 
> a.m., Saturday, October 22, 2011 in the Miguez Funeral Home with Deacon 
> Bennett McNeal officiating.
> Burial with full Military Honors will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in 
> Crowley.
> Funeral home visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday 
> and 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Saturday at time of services.
> Mr. Bailey died at 9:15 a.m., Thursday, October 20, 2011 in the Jennings 
> American Legion Hospital. Mr. Bailey was a native of Rayne and a 
> resident of Jennings since 1953. He was a high school graduate and he 
> also attended McNeese State University, Lake Charles. He attended 
> Chenier Radio College of Beaumont and MIT where he obtained a degree in 
> Radio Communications. He also obtained a teaching degree at taught radio 
> communications at Ft. Polk and Florida. He served in the United States 
> Army Signal Corp serving in the Aleutians, North Africa, Corsica, Italy, 
> Southern France, South Pacific and Okinawa. He was a former member of 
> the Lake Arthur Yacht Club, member of Immaculate Conception Catholic 
> Church, member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was a 
> member of the Masonic Lodge # 249, Order of the Eastern Star, owner of 
> Jennings Broadcasting Company and KJEF. He was a Legion of Honor member 
> of the Kiwanis Club and was the oldest living Kiwanian in Jennings. He 
> was a past member VFW Post and American Legion Post # 19. Mr. Bailey was 
> also one of the founders of KSIG in Crowley. He was an avid ham radio 
> operator and his call sign was W5DKA, he operated actively with the Gulf 
> Coast Hurricane Net. He was an honorary State Senator appointed by 
> Senator Bill McCleod, he also was a former mayor in Jennings for three 
> years. Mr. Bailey was the founder and publisher of the Lake Arthur Sun.
> Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Mrs. Barbara Wilder Bailey of 
> Jennings; one daughter, Barbara Reppond of Westlake; one son, William 
> Wilder Bailey of Jennings; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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