ATLANTA — Mrs. Mexie Hairr Bailey, 89, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. She had a friendly and outgoing personality. Mexie never met a stranger. This served her well even into her later years when she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Despite the disease, her personality allowed her to live semi-independently for a number of years. However, in 2005 she fell and suffered a severe head injury; resulting in complete dementia, and ultimately leading to her death.
Mexie Hairr was born on June 19, 1923, in Clinton to Augustus Davis and Vinnie Honeycutt Hairr. They were a large farming family (11 brothers and sister, all deceased). The family worked as share croppers in Sampson County. Her early years were challenging, including picking cotton from fields owned by others. She was ambitious and aspired to a more financially secure life by working hard and learning skills in accounting. She was married to Frank Gardner Bailey, who passed away in 1978. In the 1940’s, they ran a printing business in Philadelphia. After selling their business, they moved to Atlanta in the early 1950’s, where they lived the rest of their lives. Mexie worked from a young teenager into her 70’s; including the business offices of Irvindale Dairy, Georgia State University and Georgia Tech. Mexie was born into a hard rural life, but raised her family in the middle class suburbs of Atlanta (Beechhaven Road in DeKalb County). Here they raised two sons; Richard and Bruce. Richard lives in San Francisco, Calif. and Bruce lives in Decatur, Ga. Mexie was a member of the Clairmont Presbyterian Church.
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