Paul and Elsie Bailey celebrate 75 years of marriage


Paul and Elsie Bailey of Lillian are marking major milestones this year. The couple, who were married on Sept. 12, 1942, is celebrating their 75th anniversary. And, both will turn 96 within a few weeks of each other.

The pair - both long-time residents of Baldwin County- have three children, seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Many local residents may remember Paul Bailey who owned and operated H. Paul Bailey Building Contractor and built many of the homes and businesses in Baldwin and Escambia counties.

Elsie Bailey said give and take is the secret to a happy life.

“If either one of us was not willing to cooperate with the other, we probably would never have made it,” she said. “Give and take - I think that’s the secret to life. We both worked hard all of our lives and that’s pretty well it.”