Michael Patrick Bailey, age 19, of Parchment, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at home with his family by his side after a year long battle with brain cancer.
Mike was born January 27, 1992 in Plainwell, the son of Mike and Brenda (Layne) Bailey who survive. Also surviving are his sisters, Mallory Bailey and Kelsey (Joe) Passage; nephew, Connor; grandparents, Noreene Bailey Walsh, Don and Lucy Layne, and Don (Willie) Bailey; uncles, Larry (Julie) Bailey, Jeff (Ruth) Layne, Charlie (Rebecca) Layne; aunt, Sondra Layne; cousins, Jennifer (Cory) Hinga and Alex and Elyssa Layne; and family dog, Molly.
Mike graduated from Parchment High School in 2010 and attended college, studying to become at teacher at the time of his illness. He was a standout basketball player and golfer. Mike helped lead the PHS basketball team to 60 victories in his varsity career, won Districts, and advanced to Regional's twice. He also advanced to Regional's and State in golf. Mike played basketball from an early age and won many camp awards but he and his family's favorite was the Ultimate Teammate. He was the ultimate team player, always trying to include everyone. He had a heart of gold and always put other people's feelings before his own.
Mike will be missed by many. The family would like to thank Hospice of Southwest Michigan, especially his nurse Pam Post, Dr. Marcia Liepman, and how could we not thank Zelda (you really are a big deal). Mike and Brenda would like to thank their families for all their support, the Parchment Schools and Administration for their understanding, and the many, many, people who organized, worked, and gave support to Mike's fundraisers. They also thank Mike's many friends, teammates, and opponents (he became friends with) and Parchment and surrounding communities. When word of his illness got out the support, prayers, and kindness shown to the family was absolutely incredible. We will eventually get to all of you to say thank you.
A memorial service to celebrate Mike's life will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM at Haven Church, 5350 N. Sprinkle Rd., Kalamazoo, with Rev. Dan Minor officiating. Visiting hours will be held on Friday at Haven Church from 12:00 to 3:00 and 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Immediately following the service on Saturday all are invited to attend a luncheon at Wayside West. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Michael's name may be made to Parchment Athletic Boosters (Mike loved Parchment). Honorary pallbearers will be Aaron Cox, Ryan Swartz, Ryan Steffler, Darren Pomenville, Jack Rider, Kody Chandler, Taylor Johnson, and Jake Rykse.
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Little Mike, thanks for all the laughter and thrills in your short 19 years with us. P-town is really gonna miss you! And on a personal level I want to thank you for all those Saturday morning smiles during youth basketball season. Your enthusiasm for life was contagious. You infected me! I'll carry it with me always in honor of you. Oh and, also thanks, of course, for inventing "Najoes"!! The world is a better place with Najoes!! Say hey to Wilt "the Stilt" Chamberlain for me if you get a chance. And don't be telling him you think MJ is better. No way! Wilt was the greatest! I told you and now you get to find out first hand. Save me a "next" game and work on your handles between now and then (ha). Rest in peace Money! Coach T.
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