Coach George L. Hailey, 85, passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at his home in Louisville.

He coached and taught school in Mississippi for 29 years.

Visitation was Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, in Louisville.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel, in Louisville. Interment followed in the Hailey Richie Cemetery.

He coached basketball for 29 years. He coached at Burn's, Lambert, Bruce, Calloway, Philadelphia, Burnsville and Edinburg. He was the high school Principle at Burnsville for two years. His crowning achievement was winning the State Basketball tournament in 1962 at Lambert. He was elected in the Coaches Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Coaches Hall of Fame at E. M. C. C. in 2008. He had a record of 867 wins and 17 losses when he retired.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ceceile Bostick Hailey; his son, Marc Hailey, of Louisville; his grandson, Rev. Ben Hailey and wife Beth, of College Station, Texas. Coach Hailey is also survived by his great-grandson, Nathan Hailey and his great-granddaughter, Hannah Hailey both of College Station, Texas. He leaves behind one sister Jerry Dees, of Sebring, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Mike and Terry Hailey; sisters, Hazel, Francis, Rachel, Sybil and Aldean; and brothers, Chancellor, Boleyn and Duane Hailey.

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