BRADFORD — Zachary David Bailey, 23, of Bradford, Ohio, formerly of Mount Vernon, passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, from injuries received in an automobile accident near Mount Vernon.
He was born in Delaware, Ohio, on Dec. 13, 1989, son of Ernest C. Bailey of Bradford and Rhonda Lovett Bailey of Pataskala.
In addition to his parents, Zachary is survived by his son, Carson David Bailey of Bradford; Carson’s mother, Alisha Frantz also of Bradford; sisters, Stephanie Dunn of Bradford and Danielle Rose of Fredericktown; brothers, Vinton Bailey of Howard and Alexander Bailey of Mount Vernon; and maternal grandfather, Ronald Lovett of Mount Vernon. He was the favorite uncle of Erica, Tevin, Tasya, Lillian and Breece.
Zachary was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Sandra Lovett; his paternal grandmother, Imogene Bailey; and paternal grandfather, Ernest Bailey.
Zachary was larger than life, gregarious; a young man with few regrets, many dreams and, given time, the energy and intensity to obtain them all. He was keenly aware of the potential adventure to be seized in every moment of his life. Zachary’s smile ignited excitement and dared you to leap out of your comfort zone and, like him, abandon the dreariness of fear and the monotony of caution. He didn’t want to miss a thing. He fought hard against anyone who threatened to rob him of the “life” in life. Zachary was intensely independent, sometimes frustrating those who thought they knew better. He had the courage to be true to himself — always; never allowing anyone to high-jack his life. He was resistant to others’ expectations for him; he had his own path and was determined to follow it on his own terms.
Zachary had a pure faith, uncluttered by religion. He was certain of God’s love and protection, finding peace in His grace to save him from moments of chaos.
Zachary’s spirit was kind, joyful, loving and generous (to a fault, giving away what he had to help a friend, no matter how great or small the need). He was a tireless defender of the underdog; if he perceived injustice to anyone his drive to make it right knew no bounds. He was outspoken and had little tolerance for fools. He viewed most situations through the colors of black and white. No one could say they didn’t know where they stood with Zachary. Under all circumstances, Zachary did not feign to be anyone but himself and was not self-conscious in any way. It is guaranteed that each time you encountered Zachary, it was pure Zachary with no pretense.
He loved children and they’re admiration of him was returned to him in spades. But only one child occupied his big heart; his baby boy, Carson. In the little time he had with him, Zachary proved to be a tireless, dedicated and self-sacrificing father, striving to give all he had to his son and eager to cherish every new day with him. Carson was the vessel into which Zachary was pouring himself.
Zachary had a unique connection to animals; particularly dogs, but especially his beloved Turbo — his constant companion and faithful friend of many years. Those of us who love Zachary find it difficult to think of them now separated.
Zachary was born with an intuition and passion for wrenching on motors. His eyes would light up when he talked about his latest project, impatient to get it underway and get it done. He had a well-earned reputation as a tireless worker, consistently going beyond expectations. Zachary was at his greatest ease and happiest when he was outside (with Turbo); camping, swimming, hiking, fishing.
Zachary fiercely loved his son, his girl, his family, his friends ... and his dog.
Calling hours for Zachary will be held at the Apostolic Christian Church, 1635 Old Delaware Road, Mount Vernon on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Immediately following calling hours at 4 p.m. is Zachary’s memorial service at the church.
Private condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
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