James Lee Baily

Baily, James Lee

November 30, 1973 ~ May 20, 2017

James Lee Baily, 43, passed away at his home on May 20, 2017. James will be deeply missed by father John Baily; mother Betty Thomas and her husband David; children Candyce and Alex Baily; siblings Chantell Evans, Robert Bailey, and Peter Thomas; signifant other Julie Harris and her children Christopher and Brianna; and many friends and extened family members.  James was preceeded in death by sister Amber Thomas.

James was born on November 30, 1973 in Tuscon, Arizona.  He shared special childhood memories of living in Wyoming, Utah, and San Diego, California.  James attended Wyoming Technical Institue and received his diploma in automotive collision and business.  James had a love of the automotive world, spending countless hours at work and in his free time devoted to driving, enhancing, restoring, and detailing.  He especially loved the classic cars and didn’t miss a chance to go to a car show.  He enjoyed the mini-truck world in San Diego in the 90’s and was president of the Miracles car club.

James also attended Ocean Corporation in Houston, Texas and became certified in Non-Destructive Testing.  He worked in Nuclear Power plants for a time which kept him away from home. However, he did not want to be out of his children’s lives while they were growing up.  He continued with his automotive detailing business, Reflective Images, which he owned and operated for 25 years.  In April of 2017, James traveled to Houston and completed a 40 hour refresher course to go back into Non-Destructive Testing.

James will be remembered and missed most for his upbeat personality, life of the party attitude, and his ability to never know a stranger.  He shared many stories from his younger years that would begin with “hold my beer and watch this”.  James had a passion for his family and staying in touch with those he loved most, even having “O’hana” tattooed on his back.  He loved his Hawaiian heritage and often talked about the ocean.  James was active throughout his life in the Mormon church and sought out to do acts of service whenever he could.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel. Cremation and burial services will take place at a later date in Alabama.


  • Mollie Posted June 2, 2017 1:40 pm

    Betty and John you are both amazing people. James always a wonderful person. I am very glad he found happiness before he left this world. I know he’s surfing all the waves he wants now. My only regret is that he and I never made amends. I’m very sorry for how things were but no matter what he will always be in my heart he was a great friend and wonderful father. Alex and Candy I’m so sorry for your loss your father loved you both very much. You were his life. Live on for him make him proud like I know you both will.

  • Robert W.Bailey Posted July 3, 2018 10:36 pm

    i will love and miss you big Bro…

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