On June 19, 2021, the City of Burleson honored former City Councilmember Jim Bailey by dedicating a red oak tree at Bailey Lake Park in his name. Jim Bailey was born in Marshfield, Missouri, on June 19, 1933. After graduating from Marshfield High School in 1951, he served four years with the U.S. Coast Guard. In January 1970, he married his favorite dancing partner, Bettie. After the service, Bailey studied to be an Electronic Engineer which brought him to Texas where he worked for General Dynamics for 30 years, retiring in 1993.
Jim Bailey was one of the longest-serving members of the Burleson City Council, serving a total of 18 years. During his tenure on City Council, he championed the revitalization of Old Town, the preservation of Burleson’s history, strong fiscal management, and building solid infrastructure in the city. Bailey was so respected by his City Council colleagues that they named Bailey Lake in his honor upon his retirement from the City Council in 2006. Sadly, Jim Bailey passed away at the age of 86 on September 21, 2019. Friends of the Baileys', the Wrister family, arranged with the City of Burleson Parks Department to have an engraved plaque and a red oak tree planted at Bailey Lake Park in Jim’s memory. We will find tremendous joy in remembering his many contributions to our city, which will live on for generations to come.
Pictured with Bettie Bailey, L to R: Jimmy Stanford, Council Place 3; Ronnie Johnson, Council Place 6; Chris Fletcher, Mayor; and Dan McClendon, Council Place 5 & Mayor Pro Tem.