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Posted on Feb 23, 2017
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Terry Glenn Bailey 1962 -2017 & Pamela Hitt Bailey 1959 - 2017



Terry Glenn Bailey, 54, and Pamela Hitt Bailey, 57, of Center, Texas, passed away together in an helicopter accident on February 15, 2017.

Terry was born on March 13, 1962, in Center, Texas. He was a self-made man and rose to be one of East Texas’ most prolific entrepreneurs.

Pam was born on August 26, 1959, and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in business. After the couple married on September 27, 1980, she quietly became the firm foundation of their immediate and extended family.

For 36 years together, Terry and Pam impacted their families and their community with their truly unique partnership which blended very different gifts. Although their tribe seems to encompass a thousand cousins, the Bailey’s thrived on togetherness and the joy of a close-knit family. That philosophy carried over into their businesses where partnerships often involved family members, but even those who were unrelated became indistinguishable from blood relations. Terry was larger than life and could not help but to inspire. Pam, marvelously drew no attention to herself, while almost invisibly making everything in their complicated lives actually work. Terry caused every man to measure himself. Pam on the other hand, made everyone feel as though they measured up. To her, status and stature were irrelevant. Pam had a servant’s heart and a genuine caring nature. She made everyone she came across feel worthwhile. Terry and Pam Bailey had a passion for putting family first and have now left an enormous group with great sadness and an even greater legacy to carry on.

CENTER, Texas - The Mayor of Center, Texas says the loss of Terry and Pam Bailey in a helicopter crash south of Shreveport has left the community shaken.

"Two lovely people, very kind, generous, very dedicated to the community, very dedicated to their family and their church and will create quite a loss," says Mayor David Chadwick, who has known the Bailey's his entire life.

As of Thursday evening local authorities had yet to release the identity of the 2 persons killed in the crash, but  DeSoto Parish Sheriff, Rodney Arbuckle, tentatively identified the victims as Terry and Pam Bailey.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration a helicopter registered in Terry Bailey's name left the Shreveport Downtown Airport late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning and went missing near Wallace Lake. Search crews discovered the wreckage in Wallace Lake near the Caddo/DeSoto parish line Wednesday afternoon.

Terry Bailey was a successful businessmen in many ventures according to Mayor David Chadwick, including a portfolio of oil and gas holdings and land development.

Chadwick says the Bailey's, who are natives of Shelby County, contributed to countless people and ventures without fanfare. Black ribbons adorned the front doors of the Bailey's business buildings in Center. They are survived by two adult children.

"They've raised generations of family here which is always a neat part about a small community, and I think that has as much to do with their devotion to our community as anything else because it was their hometown," says Chadwick.

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