Bobby Joe Bailey
Bobby Joe Bailey, age 71, of Holmes Beach, died July 20.
He was born to Herman and Jewel (Banes) May 5, 1947, in Birmingham, Alabama. He was a 1965 graduate of Southeast High School in Bradenton.
Bobby was united in marriage to Rita Dacus Oct. 29, 2001, in Key West.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran 1966-70 and started his public service career at the Bradenton Police Department 1971-76 and retired in 1999 as a lieutenant after 23 years of the Longboat Key Police Department.
He was a longtime member of the Blue Knights, Bradenton Elks Lodge 1511, Elks Riders Lodge #1511, Bradenton VFW Post 10141, Sons of the Confederacy and a fellow of the Moose Lodge.
He spent many years training in the style of Shorin Ryu, elevated to Sensei with a second-degree black belt and later became a student of Tai Chi Chih. In his spare time, he enjoyed his family, friends, reading about American history and traveling.
A memorial service was July 30 in Ellenton. Memorial donations may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation. 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa FL 33612; and Project Paws Alive at projectpawsalive.org/donation-honor-cards.
Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife, Rita; son Jeffrey and wife Misty of Toano, Virginia; brother Billy Bailey of Homosassa; sister Delaine McFadden of Deltona; as well as nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Alliene ‘Terry’ Erickson
Alliene “Terry” Blanche Erickson, 85, died in Bradenton July 22.
She was born March 1, 1933, in Aquebogue, New York, to Richard C. and Sara Hill Terry.
She graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a degree in elementary education and met her husband Jay at SUNY Fredonia.
During her early marriage, she taught elementary school in western New York. In 1966, she started traveling overseas with her family when her husband took a job as a professor in Afghanistan. Later the family moved to Nigeria.
In 1976, the family moved to Anna Maria Island and Mrs. Erickson joined AAUW and several bridge groups. Always active, she planned annual trips that included camping in the Smoky Mountains, cruising around the world and other international travel.
She always took the time to be available for her family and friends, especially for her grandchildren. She was always positive and celebrated the special events in the lives of those important to her.
A memorial service was held July 29 at the Roser Chapel at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter or the American Cancer Society.
Mrs. Erickson is survived by her husband, Jay W.; daughters Dawn and husband James and Deborah Pate and husband David; son Jay II and wife Jennifer; brothers Douglas Terry, Richard Terry and Frederick Terry; sister Jean Davis Cunningham; and eight grandchildren.