Leonard Wayne Bailey was born on February 5, 1959, in Lubbock, Texas. He transitioned on May 8, 2019, in Fort Worth, Texas, at age 60.
Leonard graduated from Dunbar High School and went on to enlist in the United States Army. He served his country from July 1977 to September 1980. He was honorably discharged.
On December 31, 1988, Leonard married the love of his life, Debra. The two remained united in holy matrimony for more than 31 years until his transition.
Leonard enjoyed many hobbies, including traveling, playing pool, watching the Dallas Cowboys and Golden State Warriors, and spending time with family. His love was endless for immediate and extended family alike.
Affectionately regarded as "PaPa" by his grandchildren, Leonard accepted Christ and was a member of First St. John Baptist Church. His greatest passion was knowing, trusting, and serving his Lord and Savior. He was ordained to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ on August 7, 1994.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave Bailey, Jr. and Gloria Thomas Bailey; son, Leonard Wayne Bailey, Jr.; sister, Marva Bailey Aimes; niece, Autumn "Audie" Roberts; and nephew, Michael Paul Davis. Those left to cherish precious memories include wife, Debra Bailey; fur babies, Precious and Sadie; son, Kelvin Phillips, Sr. (Nicky); daughters: Kamesha Phillips (Rasul), Shawana Phillips, and Jolynn Gaines (Mark, Sr.); grandchildren: Mark Gaines, Jr. (Breeanna), Kelvin Phillips, Jr., Jocelyn Phillips, Tre'Shawn Daniel, Jasmine Gaines, Kaili Phillips, and Quianna Daniel; siblings: Dave Bailey III (Jerry), Donna Kay (Garnett), Glenda Bailey, Sandra Bailey, and Belva Green (Sammy); nieces: Rashema, Kalesha, Gloria "Rissa" (Donald), and Angie (Bryant); nephews: Dave IV, Rodrick (Dedra "Dee"), John, Reggie, Keith, and Tyrell; and a host of other relatives and friends.