Raymond A. Bailey entered eternal peace on April 14, 2020 at the age of 50. He was born in Ocala, FL on Oct. 6, 1969, where he spent the first 12 years of his life before blessing the life of his mother through adoption and moving to Dunedin. He graduated from Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Student Center in 1991. He participated in the Special Olympics playing basketball and running track for many years and for which he won many, many ribbons. Raymond loved his sports. He was a staunch Alabama Crimson Tide fan, a big fan of the Boston Celtics during the Larry Bird era, a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and a Tampa Bay Buccaneer fan. He was good at recalling game scores and crucial plays from seasons gone by. His favorite pastime was watching sports and movies and collecting movie and TV series. He boasted of a collection of over 150 DVDs. He leaves behind a very loving family, his mother, Babs; his aunt, Jynx Bailey; his uncle, Roy Bailey (Melissa Pugh); his cousins, Frances deGraffenried and Ryan deGraffenried, III; his sister, Beth Manresa and her children, Eden and Evan. Raymond had a great sense of humor and delighted in playing his April Fool’s trick on his mother every year. He was such a kind and gentle soul, always so polite and a huge blessing; he was certainly one of God’s special children. We will keep you not only in our hearts, but continually share all of our happy memories of you until we are together once again. You were our Ray of Sunshine. May God bless you and keep you close to His heart. We love you more than you’ll ever know.
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