John Bailey, 80, Knoxville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at the Select Specialty Hospital. He was born in Oliver Springs to Alfred and Jessie Williamson Bailey. John was a long-time member of the Bethel Baptist Church where he served as Deacon and treasurer for many years. He was a kind, generous, soft spoken and a servant of the Lord. John was an avid University of Tennessee football fan and held season tickets for many years. He was also a member of NRA and loved Southern Gospel music. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by: Mother-in-law, Dell Horton; sister-in-law, Linda Bailey; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Survived by: Loving wife of nearly 50 years, Ruth Ann Bailey; devoted brother, Gary Bailey; special cousins, Rick Gibbs of St. Jude, Fla., and Wayne and Marian Gibbs of Dade City, Fla. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, with the funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. with Dr. Darrell Taylor officiating. John’s interment will be held at Anderson Memorial Garden at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. In lieu of flowers the family ask that you donate to St. Jude or a charity of your choice.