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Condolence From: Thomas "Tay" Officer
Condolence: Coach Bailey, to Mrs. Bailey and Marcus, thank you for sharing this great man with me and allowing him to be father figure to a young man. Coach Bailey taught me more than basketball and football but he taught me about life. Coach Bailey thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love you showed me thank you for being a part of my life. Rest well Coach......
Wednesday February 28, 2018
Condolence From: Willard Bean
Condolence: You will be miss Coach Bailey by all the children you have touch through the Boys and Girls club that you have giving up some much of your time too. As A friend and you as my mentor you have share so much of your life with us. You will surely be miss, rest in Peace.
Monday February 26, 2018
Condolence From: Sandra Dorsey
Condolence: Where do I start. Marvin was a friend. I met him several years ago. His gentle kindness was something special. Always a kind and caring word he had. I will remember the times I’d run into him while he would be visiting Ted. He would always ask how my family was and he would share the food he had brought which was always more than enough for anyone that would happen to stop by Ted’s. Cynthia I’m so glad to have met you and I knew you were special because Marv was. He’s gone too soon but will leave memories of a lifetime. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow. We will never forget our dear friend. God bless you and your son and that precious grandson that brought so much happiness in Marvin’s life. Take care
Sunday February 25, 2018
Condolence From: Jim and Nancy Parrish
Condolence: Goodbye Marvin and thank you for your service to kids and your loyalty to the causes that help people. To your family, we offer our sincere sorrow as we hope to reinforce the memory of a wonderful, friendly person who whose consistent steadfast character helped the lives of many children, their parents and all the people he met. We will miss you as will the hundreds of people who experienced your gentle, positive influence. jwp
Sunday February 25, 2018
Condolence From: Alonzo Harrison
Condolence: To the Family, I met Brother MB (Gotcha Back, Bailey in 1970 as a Freshman at WU. He and I Would Pledge the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity with Ten other young men. He and I were the only 2 to cross the BURNING SANDS of Omega. We have been Life Long Brothers every sense. We shared some extreme highs as young Collegians, young African American Male Athletes (Marvin because of his athletic prowess was know as "BOOM BOOM, Quick as a CAT" Bailey), and some very bad lows that caused him to fight against Racial Profiling. As a direct result Bro. Bailey dedicated his life to helping young men in general and the underprivileged in particular traverse the challenges of growing up in Topeka.

He was/is My BROTHER, all of my Kids know him as Uncle Marvin. Marvin and My wife Renita (they did not know it) shared the same Birthday, both loved coffee and every Super Bowl would share the First and Last Cup of Coffee, before and after the game. She will always brew and Save the first and last cup for him. Rest on my Brother RQQ', RQQ !!!
Saturday February 24, 2018
Condolence From: Marilyn Rollins
Condolence: Coach Bailey will be miss by the whole Topeka community, both children and parents. Thank you dor serving our community.
Saturday February 24, 2018
Condolence From: Amanda
Condolence: I have known Marvin for the past six years. He would come in once or twice a
week to my place of work. Every time I would see him he would ask how I was
and just make small talk. I work over night and Marvin and I had a started a
little joke about what I would eat before I came to work. Since I worked
graveyard shift I would eat breakfast food when everyone else would be
eating dinner food. Marvin would always ask me what I ate for breakfast.
Most of the time I would just have a bowl of cereal and he thought it was so
funny. He would even ask what kind of cereal I had, to the point he was able
to guess which brand. It became known to him my favorite cereal was "Lucky
Charms". One night he brought me a grocery sack with a couple boxes of Lucky
Charms! He was such a generous and kind hearted man. He had a great sense of
humor as well. Marvin, we sang the blues for you tonight in Uncle Bo's, you
will be greatly missed.
Saturday February 24, 2018
Condolence From: Rory Borealus
Condolence: It was always a pleasure to talk music with Marvin after a show at Uncle Bo's.

He always had time for a chat with Amanda or myself as he was leaving at the end of the night.

We already miss him

Heart felt condolences to his family

Saturday February 24, 2018
Condolence From: Chrystal Brim
Condolence: When we arrived at Uncle Bo's tonight, (Fri.); Suki sadly told us Marvin has passed on. Zac Harmon & his Band dedicated the song, "Knockin on Heaven's Door" to Marvin. All of us "regulars" will remember him, always sitting quietly, at his regular spot and we'll miss him, but not forget him. May God keep his family in his loving embrace.
Saturday February 24, 2018
Condolence From: John Morgan
Condolence: In the 3rd grade, I started going to the Boys Club, and that is when I met Coach Bailey. He was my 1st coach, and I can honestly say that he taught me and all of the boys at the Boys Club, about life, as well as sports. He took an interest in us and challenged us to be the best we could be in school, sports, and most of all, character. Coach Bailey set an example for us, on how to be successful in life. He treated coaching like it was a ministry. I can honestly say that he filled a void for so many young men who grew up without their fathers. I am thankful to God that Coach Bailey was a part of my life, and I am forever grateful for the deposits that he made to help me in life. He was a special man, and I will never forget what he did for me. To the family, you are in my thoughts and prayers, and may God comfort you during these times. R.I.H. Coach Bailey
Friday February 23, 2018
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