George Bailey

Document Type

Finding Aid

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Scope and Content Note

The Bailey papers contain sermons notes and materials reflective of the breadth of his preaching career. It also contains materials collected by or presented to Bailey. Most of the materials are paper-based, but there are a number of cassette tapes and other media types.

Biographical Note

The following biographical note is adapted from George Bailey's obituary, Accessed 8 December 2023.

George W. Bailey, 95, passed away on Saturday November 11, 2017. He is survived by his son, Philip (Gaye) Bailey; daughter-in-law, Jill (Phil) Hoebelheinrich; grandchildren, David Todd (Lisa) Bailey; Will (Ani) Bailey; Kimber (Ryan) Scott; Caleb (Tara) Bailey; Ben (Lyric) Bailey; Kenzie (Danny) Wilson; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Bailey was preceded by his wife of sixty-eight years, Ela Beth, and eldest son, David.

Born April 3, 1922 in Ola, TX, Mr. Bailey began preaching at age fourteen. He attended Freed-Hardeman College, Southwestern Oklahoma State, University of New Mexico and Abilene Christian College. For more than fifty years, Mr. Bailey was an influential preaching minister and touched thousands of lives serving churches in Oklahoma, New York, New Mexico and Texas as well as traveling extensively and preaching in campaigns all over the world on six continents including a rare privilege preaching in Russia in 1958. He was a guest speaker at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. For three years, Mr. Bailey was a regular speaker on Herald of Truth radio & television, a staff writer for three Christian publications, and an author.

Donor Note

G. Philip Bailey


The processors retained the original order as received.

Content List

See PDF finding aid for folder-level inventory.



Extent of Collection

6 linear feet (4 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #592

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives to make an appointment.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Amanda Dietz, Mac Ice, Emma Boerm


Finding aid for the George Willis Bailey Papers.



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