Richard Douglas Bailey, 76, of Charlotte, N.C., and formerly of Camden and Dover, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010.


Richard Douglas Bailey, 76, of Charlotte, N.C., and formerly of Camden and Dover, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, at Asbury Care Center following a battle with cancer.

Born March 6, 1934, in New York City, Mr. Bailey was the son of the late Mack Woodard Bailey and Mary Pigueron Bailey.

He was married to Ellen J. Moir of Webster, S.D., his loving wife of 54 years, and was a graduate of Asbury College and Wesley Theological Seminary.

From 1956 to 1970 he served congregations in Maryland and Delaware, including Farmington Circuit, Harmony Grove, Vienna-Elliott and Whatcoat United Methodist Churches.

Over the next nine years, Mr. Bailey served as the Peninsula Conference’s Communications and Stewardship Director.

In 1975, he established and became the director of the United Methodist Foundations of the Washington, D.C. area. In 1984, he became the first executive director of the Western North Carolina United Methodist Foundation.

In 1992, Mr. Bailey became a charitable gift planning specialist and consultant in Christian Philanthropy, working with various charities, including the Salvation Army, Lake Junaluska Assembly, Spartanburg Methodist College, Wesley Theological Seminary, Saint Paul School of Theology, Kentucky Conference United Methodist Foundation, Baptist Metrolina Ministries, Children’s Home in Columbia, S.C., Coronado UMC, United Methodist Higher Education Foundation and WTVI.

He was a former president of the National Association of United Methodist Foundations, and also authored “Estate Planning: A Workbook for Christians,” and was an executive producer of WTVI’s “How I Survived World War II.”

Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife, Ellen; two sons and their wives, Mark and Kathy Bailey, and Kent and Angie Bailey; and a daughter and her husband, Kim and Raymond Cook.

He also is survived by 10 grandchildren, Ryan Bailey, Scott Bailey, Megan Cook, Joshua Cook, Zachery Bailey, Nicholas Bailey, Benjamin Bailey, Victoria Bailey, Alyssa Helms and Kelsey Helms; a brother, Mack W. Bailey; and three step-siblings, Robert Bailey, James Bailey and Milly Jorgensen.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wesley Men’s Fellowship Class Scholarship Fund, Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC. 28211.