Robert Smith Bailey
Conflict: World War I
Branch of Service: U. S. Army
Unit: Battery B, 3rd Regiment Field Artillery
Serial Number: 4138416
Death: 12 October 1918
Cemetery: Oakwood Cemetery, Spartanburg, S.C.
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Robert Smith Bailey was born in Anderson Co., S.C., 4 September 1891. He entered the Army 29 August 1918. He was assigned to Co. K, 2 Prov Regiment, 156 Depot Brigade until 31 September1918. At that point, he was assigned to Battery B, 3rd Regiment Field Artillery, Replacement Draft Camp Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He was to have been appointed meat inspector for the government. All the papers had been completed and sent to Washington for approval when he was stricken with influenze which developed into pneumonia. He died at the Camp Jackson Base Hospital 5 October1918. He was married to Iris Gentry, wife, Spartanburg, S.C., who was at his bedside when he died.
He was a business man with the wholesale brokerage firm of Erwin & Bailey of Spartanburg.
The funeral was held at the home of his in-laws: M. O. and Sara Gentry, 132 North Dean St., Spartanburg. Services were conducted by Rev. J. J. Gentry of the Southside Baptist Church. Private Bailey was a member of the First Baptist Church and a Mason. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery with Masonic Honors.