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Robert Freeman Bailey
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DURHAM: Robert Freeman Bailey, born June 23, 1930, passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. He was born in Raleigh, the son of the late James William Bailey, Sr. and Carrie Cooper Bailey.

Robert attended grammar schools and Needham Broughton High School through his junior year. His family moved to Durham in 1947 and he graduated from Durham High School in 1948. He attended the University of North Carolina and received a BS degree from the School of Commerce, majoring in accounting.

In 1952, he was employed by J. Fred Prescott CPA and A.T. Allen & Co, CPA’s until entering into the Army in 1954 and was discharged in February 1956. He married Anne Holloway in 1956.

Bob was employed by J.B. Harris CPA in 1956 and received his CPA certificate in 1962. He was a partner of Bailey, Self, Harris and Co., CPA’s until 1995 when the firm was dissolved. He has been employed by Neal, Bradsher & Taylor since that time as a consultant.

In addition to his wife, Anne, he is survived by his brother, James William Bailey, Jr. and wife Elizabeth; nephew, James William Bailey, III and wife Catherine Owen and their children, Alexandria and Veronica; niece, Elizabeth Anne Bailey and children, Kyle and Ryan Peoples.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Monday, September 11 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. He was a member for over 60 years and was a member of the Vestry and served as Treasurer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St, Durham, NC 27701 or a charity of your choice.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Donna Percy for the wonderful care she provided to Bob and Anne.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

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11:00 AM
St. Philip's Episcopal Church

403 E. Main Street
Durham, NC 27701


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