David Lee Bailey

November 03, 1963 ‒ October 07, 2021

Howard, Ohio
Formerly of Lancaster, Ohio

HOWARD: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121) Through life’s peaks and valleys, David Bailey’s faith in Christ remained constant.  Selfless, generous, and humble he leaves a legacy of kindness.

David Lee Bailey, 57, of Howard, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021 in Mount Carmel East Hospital following a very brief illness.

The son of Lee and Patricia (Teeter) Bailey, David was born in Mansfield November 3, 1963.  A 1982 Clear Fork High School graduate David was valedictorian of his class.  While in high school he played football and wrestled.  David completed his undergraduate’s degree from MIT in Computer Science where he was also on the football and wrestling teams.  He later earned his Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Business from George Washington University.

On June 1, 1985 he married Carrol Porter.  High school friends, David and Carrol devoted the next 36 years to one another.

Blessed with a brilliant mind, David completed numerous published works in the field of Computer Science.  He enjoyed a vast career in computer science including: The Limited, Cardinal Health, and Nationwide.  He owned and operated two companies for 10 years; Acts, Inc. and Ascendency Design.  He was currently working for Amazon in the area of computer Artificial Intelligence.

David loved to read and owned a vast collection of novels.  He did have a slight competitive streak.  David enjoyed games…all games and he usually won. From board games to war games, David even invented games for his family to play.

Time with family was essential to David.  Favorite vacations included the Outer Banks, Cayman Islands, and Montana.

David lived-out his faith in Christ. 6 am was his bible study and devotional time.   He was Christ centered and shared the Lord with everyone who came across his path.  He taught Sunday school, bible school, and took missions trips to India, Cuba, and Cambodia.  David saw everyone as a child of God, and if they were in need he gave…and David gave often.  The homeless man on the street corner or the struggling waitress, David took those moments to witness and share Christ’s love.

He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years Carrol Porter Bailey; sons Joshua (Krista) Bailey, Caleb Bailey, and Levi Bailey; two grandsons who were the light of his life Eleazar and Moses Bailey; parents Lee and Patricia Bailey; siblings Michael (Carla) Bailey, Jeff (Ticia) Bailey, and Patrick (Joanna) Bailey; father-in-law and mother-in-law Clyde and Joretta Porter; sisters-in-law Deborah (Art) Kraicinski, Connie (Bill) Schubert, Diane (Ron) Tucker and Mary Jo (David) Smith; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Harley and Mary Teeter and Lyndell and Myrtle Bailey.  As well as an infant sister Mary Jean Bailey.

His family will receive friends Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 3 pm – 7 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home.  Funeral services celebrating the life of David Lee Bailey will be 11 am Wednesday, at North Bend Church of the Brethren, 1787 Snyder Road, Butler, Ohio 44822.  His brother Pastor Patrick Bailey will officiate and burial will follow in North Liberty Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Feed My Starving Children or Voice of the Martyrs may be made at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made by visiting: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Darrell & I are so sorry to hear of your loss. David will be greatly missed by his family, but we know without a doubt he is with our Lord !! May God comfort you all & give you peace. Our prayers are with all of you 🙏🏻❤️

  • Carrol and family,
    There really are no words at a time like this. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers. We are thankful to know that David lived such a full life and now is more alive than he ever was here on earth. May it comfort you to know that he is now part of your crowd of witnesses cheering you on to your own finish line. But still we all pray, “Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.”

  • We are so very sorry for your Family’s loss. Prayers of comfort during this sad time … Love to you
    Chris and Deb Oyster

  • David was one of the driving forces for me in school and in sports. He was a brilliant man an leap years ahead of me. I know that he was a great man , great husband and father. I know that he left this world with great honor and beliefs. I mourn his death but will honor his life.

  • We are so sorry your family is going through this. Know that our family is praying for you.

  • In highschool I knew David as a brilliant person but after he married my friend, Carrol, I began to know him also as a kind, loving husband, father and then grandfather. He has touched many lives while he was here. He will be sorely missed. May his family find comfort and peace during this difficult time.
    Andrea Pentz Mathwich and Brian Mathwich

  • I am so very sorry to hear that Dave has passed. Though I hadn’t seen or spoken with him since his graduation from Clear Fork, in 1982, I’ve never forgotten what a stroke of good fortune it was that I got to spend so much time with him. For several months during my Sophomore year (Dave’s Senior) he and I would often find ourselves hanging out during conditioning practices, off running bleachers or lifting weights, and we had the most fantastic conversations. He was such a profoundly kind and thoughtful human being, even at that age, and he shared with me so much deep insight into our fellow human beings. Those conversations played a massive role in helping me feel grounded, right in the middle of adolescence, and I will be forever grateful for them.

    Please know that you will all be in my thoughts.

    Much love,
    Stan Culler

  • Carrol so sorry to see this we wandered why you haven’t been in. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • It seems there’s very little Anyone can say or do To ease the loss of one who meant so much to you. So sorry for your loss. John and Barb Streby

  • Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to the whole Family at this time. Know all the loving memories you share will be held in your hearts till you can see him once again.

  • David was a genuine & kind soul who will be missed by all that knew him.
    Prayers for you Carol , and your family – so sorry to learn of your loss

  • Grew up with David from kindergarten to senior year. He was always the go to guy if any of us needed an answer. Though he was such a smart student, David always had the common touch. He never forgot where he came from. This just breaks my heart. So sorry Carol. God Bless.

  • I’m sorry to hear about his passing.
    He always was a very kind person. I was in his graduating class of 1982.
    My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Carrol & Family,
    Sorry for your loss. I remember your family from FCA & your passion to serve others in many places. May God continue to guide you. Praying for you.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a wonderful man and brother in Christ. I am praying for all of you May God comfort you during this time. Jesus welcomed him home.

  • I was truly sadden today when I heard one of my best friends in High School had passed away. When he got married to Carrol I was so happy for him because I knew in high school how he felt about her and was glad it worked out for him. David was not only the smartest person I ever knew but he was just as kind and friendly. My prayers and thoughts go out to his entire family.

  • So sorry to hear this I can’t imagine what that family is going the so to all of you your in my thoughts and prayers. Tracie Lape ❤️

  • Our deepest condolences during this time, and always! Our hearts break for each of you. May God give you strength – our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Carrol and family,
    So sorry for your lose, as Daves journey on earth has ended, he is now started a new one with his Lord and Savior. Dave was a great man and will be missed but never forgotten.

  • Carrol and family, so sorry for your loss. David was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Hold onto God’s promises and remember the great hope we have of new life in Christ.

  • So sorry to hear his passing!
    We worked together briefly at Nationwide Insurance and my impression of David is a very calm and smart computer professional. Now heaven has a new brilliant IT architect.
    My condolences to David’s family!

  • It’s so touching to learn more about David from these posts from his life-long friends, family, and community. Thank you for all who have shared memories.

    I’ve had the good fortune to work very closely with David at Amazon since April. We’ve been on daily calls, send flurries of emails and messages throughout the day, and provide feedback on one another’s contributions to our shared goal, a vision that originated with David. But I’ve never met David in person. Because of the pandemic, all four team members have worked from home and have never organized an in-person meet up.

    Here is what I know, loved and admired about David:
    He was a very private person, yet somehow managed to wear his heart on his sleeve. He led with kindness. He was deeply thoughtful. He was more of a listener than a talker. He had a powerful and fascinating intellect, and deep experience in a very vast and complex field. He devoted his career to science but I had the feeling that he equally loved and revered art, storytelling, and other “un-scientific” things, most of all his spiritual life. He led in a very egalitarian manner, preferring that our small team rotate the role of meeting facilitator. He hated being on video and intentionally angled the camera to give us a limited and unflattering view of his kind face. He adored his sons and grandsons Eleazar and Moses and lit up every time he mentioned the latter, which was pretty frequently, especially for a quiet guy. His final professional vision was brilliant and I feel very honored to be part of the team working to make it a reality, so make something his grandkids and kids everywhere will absolutely love. David, our team won’t be the same without you. Thank you for recognizing a kindred spirit in me and bringing me aboard. I hope not to disappoint you!

  • Carrol and family,
    We remember all of you from Fairfield! Such a loving family. We are saddened to hear about the passing of such a nice and caring man, a wonderful husband and father. Dave was a true servant at FCC and he will be missed by many. Love and prayers lifted. Jim and Sherry Morris

  • You will be missed David! But you left an amazingly wonderful family as we are learning from these posts, and a strong inspiration on all of us who worked with you.
    My deepest condolences to the family and friends.

  • I was blessed to work with David off and on throughout my software career in Columbus. I could tell early on he elevated Christ in his life and business. He was a good mentor, always patient and kind, an inspiration, and was always ready to help when he could. My deepest sympathies and prayers as you celebrate his life!

  • I had the pleasure to join David’s team of dreamers and doers at Amazon a year and half ago and embarked on an adventure of pushing the state-of-the-art of Artificial Intelligence technology to create delights and magic. David was not only a brilliant and visionary leader, but was a great colleague, coach and mentor. David gave always the best and expected the best from each of us because he knew we had it in us. David always shared interesting learnings, papers, blog posts and such with all of us, but most importantly, there was never a day where he didn’t ask about how we are doing and really wanted to know. I had the pleasure to have long conversations about technical topics and push the limits of what is possible where the sky is not the limit anymore. Furthermore, I was always amazed by his knowledge in art and literature and enjoyed every bit of our conversation. I will miss those moments and cherish the ones we had dearly.

    Although David was a very quiet person who preferred to listen more than talk, he shared with us his love for his wife Carol, children and specially his grandchildren Eleazar and Moses. We never got a chance to meet in person but had special moments when my daughter and his grandchildren took over a meeting and they were running it for several minutes. He was always ok with that and was always inclusive of having our special guests (children and pets) be the spot light of some of the meetings.

    We will long remember David’s energy, tenacity and ability to leap tall hurdles and motivate us to always raise the bar. In David, we had a friend and I know I will miss him greatly.

  • My heart is breaking as I learned of this just today. What an INCREDIBLE influence David had on my life and most importantly my walk with the Lord. I will be forever grateful for the blessing you both ( David & Carrol ) were in my life in so many ways and at so many different times – all orchestrated by our heavenly father. My personal God talks with David and those he had and shared with my Father while he was sick and passing I will always remember and be incredibly grateful for. I pray as David entered into the arms of the Lord that joy unspeakable overwhelmed him and that – that joy and unconditional love of the Lord will encompass him throughout eternity.

  • It’s with heavy heart that I learned of David’s passing. I remember my time working at ACTS very fondly, and David was a positive role model for me. I am praying for Carrol and the rest of the family.

  • Carol, my heart is heavy for you, your boys, and the rest of your family. Words don’t seem adequate enough right now. But will be asking God to provide you and the family with strength, comfort, and peace. May you feel His love surround you and within you in the days ahead.
    Teresa Dickson

  • Dear Carrol and family. We were sad to hear of David’s death. Prayers for you and the family. It was a privilege to know him and his great mind and heart. In Christ’s love, Mark and Lori Barbee

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