In Loving Memory

Charles “Charlie” Bailie, d. February 17, 2017



In Loving Memory

November 1, 1938 – February 17, 2017



Mobile, AL

Charles ‘Charlie’ Jacobus Bailie, age 78, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017 following a long struggle with his health.

He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Marentha (Bannerholt) Bailie; 3 stepchildren whom he loved as his own, Kim (Dean) Akre, Tamara Letkeman (Henri Persaud) and Shawn (Deanna) Letkeman; Elizabeth Bailie, former wife and mother of his 3 children, Maggie (Ed) Smith, Shirley (Gerry) Bzowy and Michael Bailie; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and many close friends and nieces and nephews in South Africa.

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was predeceased by his parents, Montague Tamplin Hope Bailie and Maria Johanna Corneelse; and his 3 brothers, Monty, Dudley and Fred.

After his mandatory service in the military, at the age of 27, he immigrated to New Brunswick, Canada to begin his career as Safety Director in the Pulp and Paper Industry.  Charlie continued working in safety roles which brought him to the Potash industry near Saskatoon for 14 years. He then accepted a position with BE&K Construction in the USA in 1988 and obtained his US citizenship.

 He had a strong work ethic and was responsible for the health and safety of thousands of employees over the years. His job took him to several locations within the United States, but their main home was in Mobile, Alabama. 

Charlie enjoyed traveling to South Africa, Denmark, and many cruises including Alaska, Caribbean and Panama. He made new friends during these travels whom he remained in contact with. 

Sports were also a big part of his life. He played rugby for 27 years, enjoyed racquetball, fishing, and golf. He had a love for animals, nature, art and music. He was a life long learner and spent many hours in his home office on his computer.

After retirement, he spent several years attending Springhill Rehabilitation Hospital where he became close with many other members and staff. He received ongoing friendships and support even after he was no longer able to go.

Charlie was a very kind and charitable man who always put the needs of others before his, regularly giving away personal items to friends and people in need. He had a positive outlook on life and kept his sense of humor to his last day.  Always a joke up his sleeve, he had the ability to make everyone laugh. Charlie was a loving husband, father and friend.  Many of his close friends considered him to be more of a brother. 

This wonderful man will be greatly missed and will remain forever in our hearts.

The family will hold a private celebration of his life at a later date. Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.


  1. Dago and Maebelle Mitchell

    Our dear sweet Charlie was a good friend to all. He was a generous man and so very tender hearted. He never complained, though his struggle with health issues was most difficult. Charlie loved people, he loved to laugh and he always had a joke or a funny story to share.

    Charlie loved his wife, Marentha and all his children and family deeply. He will be missed by all his family and friends but in our loss we know his gain is glorious for he is free of all pain and sorrow and rejoicing with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    Marentha, we love you and our prayers will continue to support you through this very difficult time.

    Dear Lord, Comfort Marentha, as she deals with her grief and loss. Help her to know that you are near to the brokenhearted and you are the source of all comfort.
    She may think she can’t survive her pain, but you are faithful and your promises are true. Remind her that with your help, she will get through all she is facing.
    We pray she will find your strength in her weakness and we pray your hope and peace fills her heart. In Jesus’ name we ask these things. Amen

    Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    Our prayers are with you every day. Dago and Maebelle Mitchell

  2. Shirley Bzowy

    We will be with you in spirit today. Wishing you peace to bring comfort and courage in the days ahead. May you hold his memory in your heart forever.
    “Miss you Dad”
    Love Shirley, Gerry and family

  3. Shirley Bzowy

    We will be with you in spirit today. Wishing you peace to bring comfort and courage in the coming days. May you keep his memory in your heart forever.
    Love Shirley, Gerry and family
    “Love you and miss you Dad”

  4. Peter Potgieter

    I had been a friend of the local (South African) Bailie brothers and their families when Charlie & Marentha came to South Africa soon after they had married, (it may have been their honeymoon). That is when I met Charles and of course Marentha. The whole Bailie family plus friends spent some time together in the Kruger National Park. On one occasion an elephant chased the vehicle Charles and Dud, et al, were in and Charles was determined to face this charging elephant so that he could get the necessary photograph, meanwhile the ladies were quite frightened and wanted to move quickly but ‘Charlie m’lad’ was determined not to lose the opportunity.

    My bff (later generations terminology) was Dudley Bailie who passed in August last year. Through this friendship with Dud I was considered one of the family and I felt that Charles had included me in the family as well. He would often call me in SA and made regular weekly phone calls to Dud once Joey had passed.

    This concern for his fellow man was a quality not often found in modern society, yet Charlie displayed it freely.

    My deepfelt sympathy to Marentha and all his family. I pray that God will give you strength and comfort during this very difficult time.

    R I P Charlie m’lad. I’m going to miss my birthday card this year and years to come.

  5. Maggie Smith

    Thinking of you all as you celebrate Dads life. I’m sure he is there with you in spirit ❤ We pray for your peace and strength as you cherish all the wonderful memories you had together. Our heavy hearts are sending love and hugs to all during this difficult time….
    Love you Dad……
    Love Mag&Ed and family

  6. Liz Cicansky

    Dear Marentha and family,
    My heartfelt thoughts and condolences I send to you during this difficult time. Just know I am thinking of you.
    Liz Cicansky (Mackay)
    Saskatoon (formerly of Aberdeen)

  7. Tamara Letkeman

    My heart goes out to all friends and family who are dealing with the loss of this wonderful man.
    Sending extra love to my mother who stood by his side for nearly the past four decades. Throughout their union, her dedication and support was an honourable representation of true love and friendship. May God give her the strength to heal and reflect upon the happiness they shared in their journey together.


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