Bailey Wheeless, 75 of Pecos, Texas passed away peacefully on February 16, 2015.
A Memorial Service for Family and friends will be Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.
Bailey was born in Ballinger, Texas on July 17, 1939 to Ear and Pauline Wheeless. They later moved to Marfa, Texas where Bailey graduated from High School. His father Earl was a deputy sheriff for Presidio County, engaged in the feedlot industry and ran 2000 head of sheep. Bailey was active in the FFA showing sheep and steers. Another passion was rodeo, Bailey was an active participant in the American Jr. Rodeo Association. In 1957 he was champion bull rider at the Pecos Rodeo; Bailey also competed in roping.
Bailey attended Sul Ross university for two years and graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Agriculture in 1961. He taught science for two years at Fort Hancock, Texas. It was there while on a blind date he met "The Love of his life Patsy Posey." Bailey and Patsy married a year later in Fort Stockton, Texas where Pats father was the county agent. Bailey and Patsy were happily married for 50 years. Bailey taught agriculture at Pecos High School from 1961 to 1999 at which time Bailey retired. Bailey was the recipient of numerous awards over the years, he was FFA Honorary State Farmer, and Outstanding Teacher Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers association. In 1977 the West of the Pecos Program dedication was in honor of Bailey Wheeless. In 2000 Bailey was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year in Pecos, Texas. Mr. Wheeless was a longtime committee member for the Reeves County Stock show and West of the Pecos Rodeo. Many of Mr. Wheeless students excelled at showing livestock at the county level and beyond, many also competed at the highest level of leadership and AG mechanics. Bailey was a much sought after Judge for livestock and AG Mechanics. His love for his family, friends and students was his highest priority.
Bailey was a devoted husband, dad, granddad, teacher, cowboy, hunter, fisherman, rancher, livestock enthusiast, cook, craftsman, friend and story teller.
Bailey is preceded in death by his mother and father, brother Bill Wheeless and his daughter Staci Lynn Wheeless.
Bailey is survived by his wife Patsy Wheeless, daughter Tobi Stewart and husband Clint; grandchildren Bryton Gage Stewart and Hadyn Bailey Stewart who will remember Bailey as "PoP" all from Pecos. Bailey is also survived by many former students whom Bailey was proud to call "His Kids."
A memorial scholarship is being set up in Bailey's name at the West Texas National Bank, attention Teresa Winkles.
Where going to miss you, adios Cowboy