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Randall Thomas Baileys, was born on June 16, 1954 to Donald Wayne and Betty Luella Baileys. Randy grew up in Eldersville, PA and graduated from Union High School in Burgettstown, PA. Randy attended University of Michigan before transferring to Penn State University in State College, PA where he received a B.S. in Wood Science and Technology and a Masters in Forest Resources. He worked with Penn State on the timber bridge educational program for many years.
Randy retired in 2015 from Lonza Wood Protection in Conley, GA where he was a Senior Technical Service Representative for 10 years. Prior to that, Randy worked for both J.H. Baxter in Eugene, OR as a Quality Control Manager and Koppers Company in Pittsburgh, PA as a Technical Representative.
Randy joined the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) in 1984 and served in various leadership roles. In addition to the AWPA, Randy has also been a longtime member of the Railway Tie Association. He served on the education committee and was a primary instructor for the Annual Tie Grading Seminar. Randy has an extensive list of publications having been the primary author on over 17 articles and co-author on many more. One of Randy’s proudest professional moments came in 2018 when he was awarded the American Wood Protection Association’s Award of Merit.
He loved his work and fit well into the professional career he chose being a person who loved the outdoors and physical activity. Randy’s love of nature began as a young child who preferred the adventure of the woods and farm lands around him over any other pastime. He always found joy, intrigue and peace when exploring, working or just simply being in nature.
Professional accomplishments are a small part of the legacy Randy leaves with us. He equally valued his personal relationships and everyday life, sharing his strongest characteristics on a daily basis. Friends and family describe him as compassionate, witty, giving, intelligent, genuine, and devoted. Randy treated everyone he met with equal importance, everyone became his friend.
Randy is survived by his wife of 25 years: Janet Baileys of Fayetteville; daughters: Becca & Mei Mei Baileys, both of Fayetteville; sons: Eric (Becki) Baileys and Ryan (Heather) Baileys, both of Kittanning, PA; grandchildren: Anthony, Landon, Bristol, Harper & Autumn; siblings: Barbara Deane Young (Howard) of Beaver, PA, Donald Ray Baileys (Rita) of Clairton, PA & Donna Jean Goss (Bill) of Oakdale, PA.
A Memorial Service will be held (in person and virtual) at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, GA on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 10:15 AM. Friends may visit the family during a visition beginning at 9:00 AM at the church. Details can be found on the church website, fayettevillefirst.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fayetteville First United Methodist Church (FFUMC) or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Baileys family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville, GA. Messages of condolence may be left at www.GeorgiaCremation.com.
Robin Lengyel (cousin) says
So sorry to hear that Randy has passed away. I have many fond memories of us as children as we were the same age and hung out together when we visited the relatives. Although we had lost touch over the years, he will always be in my heart. My deepest sympathy to all who loved him.
Wanda Allen says
My sincere condolences to you and your family. Thanks for sharing Mr. Randy with us. Even though it was for a short time, we felt like Randy was family as soon as he entered the doors at The Hope Center. I pray that GOD gives you all the peace that surpasses all understanding. You all are definitely in my prayers. ❤️❤️❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
The Howells says
We are so sad to hear of Mr. Randy, it’s been such a pleasure seeing him walking around the neighborhood with his kind smile. Our family will always remember him and love you guys so much!
So sad to hear of a great friends passing. Was always a jolly soul loved visiting with him and family. Always a kind friendly smile got a long with everyone. Randy you certainly will be missed ❤️
Jami Maguire says
We loved having Janet and Randy come volunteer at our group for adults with special needs. Randy was always a patient listener when one of our friends read him a story, a calming presence, and a great walking buddy. He radiated the love of Christ. Our group loved him and will miss him.
Stacey (Cunningham)Brown says
My heart is heavy with sadness to hear of Randy’s passing. He was part of many of my childhood memories. My thoughts & prayers are with Janet, his family & all who loved him. I will always remember his kind & caring soul…I keep thinking he’s now with Aunt Betty & Uncle Don & my Mom & Dad…how they all loved him & must be rejoicing in heaven…💕
Barbara Stacey says
I met Randy at a Tie Grading Seminar when he was part of the RTA Education Committee. I didn’t know him well, but I was impressed by his kindness and his interest in each person he met. I know our organization was poorer when he retired and the world is poorer now that he has gone. Prayers and condolences to his family and friends who were blessed to be part of his life. Thank you for sharing him with me in a small way.
Jayesh Patel says
Sorry to hear the sad news of Randy’s passing. A good friend and a kind human being. I had a pleasure to work with him. Will miss Randy. Our prayers are with you and girls.
Dhananjay (DJ) says
Sorry to hear about Randy. He was full of Joy. My Prayers are with his family & will Pray God to rest his Soul in Peace. 🙏🙏🙏
Gloria Walker says
Sorry for your loss
I know my grandmother & grampap Schreck enjoyed knowing him
Heather Colbert says
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Baileys family and Randy’s friends. You are in my prayers during this time of bereavement. Randy was a giant of a man. I hold him in my memories with high regard.
Caudelle & Wilson Eyecare LLC says
Prayers and Peace from Dr’s Wilson & Caudelle and Staff
Mike Dilbeck says
I was deeply saddened by Randy’s passing. Over the years I have known and worked in the industry with him and attest to his kindness and professionalism. One of the most deserving winners of the AWPA Award of Merit in association history.
My prayers are with the family during this most difficult time.