Ian Dane Bailey
Our beautiful son, Ian Dane Bailey (EE), age 16, passed away peacefully at home on April 4, 2023 safely held in our and his two brothers’ arms. Ian was born in Jacksonville, Florida, the eldest child to his parents David and Shannon Bailey.
Ian was preceded in death by his cousins Michael (Mick) Eberhardt and Zane Harris.
Ian’s uncanny sense of humor and his innate ability to make others laugh made all who met him feel at ease. He exuded politeness and effortlessly demonstrated the most unselfish love to all who knew him. His ability to love and see all people without predetermined thoughts or expectations was irrefutable.
Ian was not a child of worldly possessions, as the greatest gifts to him were his bonds formed with family and friends. Given a choice between a personal gift or time with others, he always chose the latter.
While battling osteosarcoma for four years, he never wavered in his poise and continued to put those he loved before himself. His concern for the well-being of others always outweighed his own. His desire to protect his parents, brothers and everyone else was prioritized over the pain inflicted upon him from his cruel disease. Our son lived his life to the fullest and always encouraged everyone around him to do the same. He navigated troubled waters with a smile on his face, grace in his heart, and the courage of 10,000 men.
Ian was an exemplary scholar whose 4.75 GPA tied him for the No. 1 ranking at Fleming Island High in a class of over 460 students. As a member of Fleming Island High’s prestigious AICE program, Ian earned an Outstanding Cambridge Learning award for his performance on his 9th grade exams and attained the Clay County School District’s highest score on the European History exam out of over 225 students. Ian was also inducted into the nationally acclaimed National Honor Society for his outstanding academic achievements.
Ian is survived by his parents David and Shannon Bailey, his brothers Lincoln and Owen Bailey, his grandparents Gary and Deborah White, Lawne and Karen Bailey, his aunts and uncles Kristen and Greg Harris, Gary White Jr., and Leigh-Ann and Craig Roy and cousins Zach Harris, Jaden Roy, and Caleigh Roy, as well as other cousins.
Ian’s life so beautifully exemplified Matthew 6:19-21; “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
After Ian’s first relapse, Ian chose to participate in a clinical trial stating, “Even if I don’t survive this, at least I have contributed to science to help find a cure for this disease.” In lieu of flowers, we are asking for monetary donations to be able to write a check in honor of Ian to Fourth and Gold, a local non-profit organization started by one of his nurses to fund childhood cancer research. 100% of donations will go directly to this organization. Venmo info is: David-Bailey-283, and for verification 2768. You may also donate directly to Fourth and Gold on his behalf. Thank you for helping us to honor our son and his desire to further and advance childhood cancer research.
Ian’s life was celebrated April 17, 2023 at Sullivan Hall at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hollyhillfunerals.com.
Issac J. Wheelis
Issac J. Wheelis (Ike) was born on 4/26/1948 and died on 4/8/23. Ike was a free spirit who enjoyed his Harley and relaxing with all company. Ike never met a stranger.
He left this life surrounded by his family. Ike has 3 surviving siblings Sarah Buie, Thetis Bryant and L.B Wheelis, 2 daughters Loretta Richardson and Margaret Pate. Six grandchildren Jonathan, Shawn and Ivan Pate. Mathew, Thomas and Kandise Bryant and 4 great grandchildren.