James Keith Bailey

James Keith Bailey

James Keith Bailey, 54, of Kelso left us too soon. He was born on July 5, 1963, to James W. and Kathy (Flick) Bailey in Longview. He graduated from R.A. Long and attended Lower Columbia College. Jimmy is survived by three children, daughters Aubree and Addison, and son James. He worked at Reynolds Aluminum until it closed. At his last place of employment, the Americana, his coworkers loved his ability to tease them out of bad moods and he would bring the residents treats.

Jimmy had a love of fishing, music (particularly Kiss), playing guitar, old westerns, and watching sports. He attended his daughters’ sports from the time they were old enough to play through high school and he let all know that his kids were the best at whatever they were doing. If Jimmy could not attend one of Addie’s games, he was glued to a computer watching and would let everyone know what the stats were. Second to his love of his children was his love of hunting. Before they could crawl, his kids were out in the woods with him and Aubree’s first word was “buck.” Young James recently learned to use the elk call and was able to get an elk to bugle back, which confirmed that whatever Jimmy’s kids did, they were the best at it.

Jimmy is survived by his children, Aubree Bailey, Addison Bailey, and James Bailey; a grandson, Jaxyn Bailey; a sister, Kim “Kimmy” Davis (Frank); his father, James W. Bailey (Shelley); a niece, Baylee Keagan; an uncle, Joe Bailey; and his cousins, Sarah East and Heidi Bunn. He had many close friends, including Rick Anyan, Chad Osborn, Bobby Weatherby, Dave Provolt, Forrest Schilling and many others. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, mother, uncles and a cousin.

A celebration of life potluck will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at the ILWU (Longshore Hall), 617 14th Ave., in Longview. The children request you wear camo, casual or your favorite rock T-shirt for this event. They also hope you are willing to share your favorite memories of him, though no one can tell a story as well as Jimmy could. In lieu of flowers, the girls request you pay it forward with an act of kindness to someone in need and that you hold your loved-ones tight a little bit longer.

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