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Country Singer Johnnie Bailes Dies at Age 71

December 23, 1989

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ Johnnie Jacob Bailes of Macon, a regular with the Grand Ole Opry in 1943, has died after an extended illness. He was 71.

Bailes, who died Saturday, was a member of the original Bailes Brothers Singing Group formed in 1937. The group appeared regularly on the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts from Nashville, Tenn., in 1943.

″Dust On the Bible,″ one of the Bailes Brothers’ songs, is in the Smithsonian Institution. In 1983, the group received a star on the walkway of stars at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

A native of St. Albans, W.Va., Bailes also was one of the founders of the Louisiana Hayride radio show.

He moved to Swainsboro in 1956 and worked at WJAT Radio and the Peach State Jamboree. He later became general manager of WJAT, WBRO in Waynesboro and WSNT in Sandersville.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Smith Bailes of Swainsboro; two daughters; two stepdaughters; two sons; three brothers; and 13 grandchildren.

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