Cornielius Bailey
March 22, 1940 - November 7, 2017

Cornelius Bailey

Cornelius Bailey, known as Corn(y), aged 77, of Zephyrhills, FL, passed away on November 7, 2017 at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, after fighting a long battle with cancer.

Cornelius was born March 22, 1940, in Carbon Glow, KY, the son of the late Frank F. Bailey and Laura (Johnson) Bailey.   He proudly served with the US Air Force from 1957 to 1961.  Cornelius married Margaret Marie Christ on September 22, 1962 in Warsaw, NY.

Cornelius earned an Associate Degree from Genesee Community College while working with the NY State Department of Corrections, from where he retired as a Lieutenant in 1995 after 30 years of Service. He enjoyed training and racing standardbred horses throughout New York State since the early 1970s.  He also enjoyed golfing with friends and family.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Margaret (Christ) Bailey; two sons: David (Debora DeFelice) Bailey and William (June Crocker) Bailey; four grandchildren: Jacqueline Bailey, Edward Bailey, Luis Bailey, and Briana Bailey; his siblings: Isaac (Carol) Bailey, Betty LaDelpha, Mary Goodenow, Sharon Keaton; his sisters-in-law, Louise Bailey, Wilma Bailey, Betty Bailey and Debbie Bailey; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother(-in-law) of the late Rhoda (Howard) Warren, James (Charlotte) Bailey, Frank (Lillian) Bailey, Jr., Irene (Cornelius) Browning, Eugene Bailey, J.L. Bailey, John (Rose) Bailey, Anthony LaDelpha, James Goodenow, Darrell Keaton, and Warn Bailey.

A Memorial Service for Cornelius is being planned for the Spring in Perry NY.  An announcement will be forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, the Bailey family suggests memorial donations in Cornelius’ name to Moffitt Cancer Center to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer at

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