William Bailey

Obituary of William Henry Bailey

On a late summer evening, June 17, 1966, God blessed the late William Harvey Bailey and Willie Mae Hollie (nee Little) with a son, William Henry Bailey. William was the first grandson and nephew in his maternal family. On May 31, 2020, God called his angel, and our beloved father, son, brother and uncle home. He attended both Atlantic City and Pleasantville Public Schools; and as a 16 year old in the 10th grade, to the surprise of his educators and counselors, he earned his GED, took the SATs, and went on to attend Atlantic Community College. While attending ACC, he was a star basketball player for the Buccaneers, coached by Bobby Royal. In 1988, he married Saunta Campbell, and during this union they had three children. As an adult, he played for Pleasantville PAL basketball team and traveled annually with the team to play tournaments in Florida. He also played for the Atlantic City PAL on the team sponsored by Piggy's Bar; and the Atlantic City Midnight Basketball League, were he was a member of the 2004 league championship team. He truly loved the game and continued to play with family and friends over the years. He was ALWAYS ready to play especially when the older cousins (aka "the old-heads") were challenged by younger cousins (aka "the young'ins) in his family. And when the young'ins lost, because they always did, he made sure they never forgot it. He was loved and known by many as "Zakee", "Big Will" or "Zak Da Rock". He was THE FUNNIEST guy in the room; and the party wasn't a party if he wasn't on the mic. The lake wasn't the lake if he wasn't dunking people in the water. Your birthday wasn't a birthday if he didn't smash cake in your face! He did THE BEST Bernie Mac impression; and he was a DIEHARD 49ers fan!! If you wanted to watch the game or the fight, his house was the spot!! He enjoyed playing his PlayStation, playing cards, cooking out, riding his bike and chillin' with friends at The Seawall. He built a career in culinary arts management specializing in restaurant openings, staff training and cook line management. He was lastly employed as a chef supervisor at Margaritaville. He was also actively working with his niece, Nakiyyah, as the head chef/consultant at her new restaurant, Di'Oasis and Shug's. He was a member of Union Baptist Church. As a little boy, he ran through the aisles and crawled under the pews. He was a charter member of the Voices of Hope. More recently, he was on the Kitchen Committee and the Men's Ministry. He was also an honorary member of the World Boxing Council's World Boxing Cares. He was predeceased by: his father, William Harvey Bailey, step-father, William F. Hollie; and his paternal and maternal grandparents. He is survived by: his children, Nikisha Ceaser, Zakee, Shaheed, Zakiyyah and Kharee Bailey; his grandchildren Najee Ceaser, Sanai and Akira Dawson; his mother, Willie Mae Hollie; his sister, Melissa Newsome (Anthony); his nieces, Nia Little (LaMarc) and Nakiyyah Newsome (Le'Von); a special cousin (more like a little brother) Brian Little (Kim); two uncles, five aunts, one great-nephew; three great-nieces; special friend, Arnelle Lyles; and a host of cousins and friends. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.
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