Houston, TX - Retired Harris County Precinct 8 Constable Bill Bailey died Thursday, July 27.
He was elected to the position of Harris County Precinct 8 Constable in 1983, and held the position until he retired in 2011. Constable Bailey first started his broadcasting career as a DJ for KIKK Radio,
He was a board member and lifetime executive of the Houston Rodeo, having started as a volunteer decades ago, until his retirement in 2015. Constable Bailey said "I'm going to miss the kids most of all. The kids and the calves", after his retirement.
"It is with a heavy heart that I must report the passing of former Harris County Precinct 8 Constable, Bill Bailey. Constable Bailey had been battling illness for quite some time, but earlier today and with his family at his side, he went peacefully to be home with our Savior.
Though he played many roles throughout his lifetime, from award winning radio personality to being the “voice” of the Houston Livestock and Rodeo, he is best known to his Precinct 8 family as simply, Constable Bailey.
Bill Bailey was elected to the position of Constable for Precinct 8 in 1983 and served in that capacity until his retirement in May of 2011. He was the first Constable in Texas to serve as president of the Texas Association of Counties in 2002 and was a long time member of the Justice of the Peace and Constables Association.
He was very active in many local organizations and was a strong believer in County government and its role to the citizens.
Many of us here at Precinct 8, myself included, joined the ranks of this agency under Bill Bailey’s leadership. I was honored to serve under Constable Bailey for so many years and to work alongside him as a member of this law enforcement “family."
He ran a tight ship, but you always knew he was there to guide and help you in any way he could. He was a big part of many of our lives and will truly be missed.
On behalf of the staff of Precinct 8, both current and former, I offer our prayers and condolences to his family and many friends. God bless you, sir."
Constable Bailey was also a revered member of the Rotary Club of Pasadena. He was born with the name of Milton Odom Stanley, according to Des Moines Broadcasting. Years ago, when he walked into Houston radio station KTHT, their previous DJ, who was named Bill Bailey, decided he wanted to go back home to St. Louis.
The station had invested a lot of money into promoting the former DJ, including using the popular song "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey, Won't You Come Home"?
KTHT offered the DJ job to Stanley, with the condition that he use the name 'Bill Bailey,' and he's been known by that name since then. He was also a part-time announcer at the Texas Prison Rodeo for 15 years, and has been inducted into Texas Radio Hall of Fame and the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Bailey also served as a reserve officer in the Galena Park Police Department. His law enforcement career followed in the footsteps of his great, great, great-grandfather Williamson County Sheriff Milton Tucker, who captured legendary outlaw Sam Bass in 1878.