History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Bailey Funeral Home was founded on September 12, 1997. That was the date the Bailey family purchased the facility, formerly the Aly Funeral Home, from Ralph and Mary Catherine Aly.
The Aly family had constructed and occupied the building, located at 705 North First Street, in Vienna, in 1976.
The funeral home was managed by their son, R. Douglas Aly, until his tragic death in a car accident in 1983. It was then the day-to-day operations fell to the supervision of Charles "Chuck" Aly, a position he held until the sale of the facility in 1997. Ralph and Mary Catherine have passed away, but their legacy lives on in their grandson, Mark, who operates funeral homes in Eddyville & Golconda.
Since acquiring the funeral home on that day in September, 1997, the staff of Bailey Funeral Home have worked to make a number of improvements. These included expansion of the chapel, redecoration of the coffee lounge, as well as installation of new carpet, furnishing, and wall treatments. "Every detail, every change, was made to create a comfortable, homelike experience for our families," shares Brian Bailey. "We also improved the landscaping, adding a rock garden and waterfall adjacent to the front porch. We also strive to highlight local seasonal flowers, beautifully-tended rose bushes, and well-manicured shrubbery. This creates a very peaceful, yet elegant setting for funeral and memorial services."
The Bailey Funeral Home carries on a rich tradition of service to the families of Johnson County and the surrounding area.
Our Valued Staff
Brian Bailey, Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer
Brian has owned and operated Bailey Funeral Home since 1997. "I believe that funeral service is a calling; one which allows me the opportunity to provide compassionate and caring service to members of our community during a very difficult time in their lives."
He is a 1986 graduate of Vienna High School, and a 1988 graduate of the Southern Illinois University Mortuary Science and Funeral Service Program.
Before electing to own his own funeral home, Brian worked at the former Whitnel Funeral Home in Vienna from 1988 to 1997.
Brian is the proud father of two children, Katelyn and Nathan Bailey. He is a member of the Vienna First Baptist Church, the Vienna Masonic Lodge #150 AF & AM; The Egyptian Chapter #30 Order of the Eastern Star, and is a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, as well as a Shriner.
He is also a member of the Vienna Fraternal Cemetery Board, the Vienna Zoning Board, the Board of Rural Health, Inc., as well as the Family Counseling Center Human Rights Committee.
Brian is a member-in-good-standing and past-president of the Egyptian (Southern Illinois) Funeral Directors Association.
He enjoys spending time with his children and family, golfing, fishing, reading, and cooking.
Steve Housewright, Funeral Service Assistant/Part Time Staff Overseer
Steve has been a funeral service professional for 11 years. "I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve families during such a difficult time in their lives. I also enjoy working in the family-like atmosphere of Bailey Funeral Home."
He is a graduate of Vienna High School, and attended Shawnee Community College. Steve is retired from the Department of Corrections, after 30 years of service.
Currently he and his wife Jeannie live in Vienna. They have one married daughter. Steve enjoys fishing, and is a member of the Johnson County Bass Club. He is also an active member of the First United Methodist Church, and a volunteer member of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Vienna Masonic Lodge.
In Loving Memory Of Evelyn King, Aftercare Coordinator 5/11/1942 - 9/26/2016
Evelyn had been in funeral service for 12 years. "I love my work. The highlight of my daily experience is that it allows me the opportunity to help others who are going through some of the same things that I went through, when my husband Dean, and son Kevin passed away. Together, we come to a place where they feel better. It's a special position that reaps its own reward for me."
She attended Vienna Schools, receiving her high school diploma in 1960. Prior to her work in funeral service, Evelyn was a cook in many local restaurants, a dietary supervisor at Massac Memorial Hospital, and a housekeeper at Union County Hospital. Her working life includes managing many convenience stores in Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky for nearly twenty years.
Evelyn and her husband were married for 48 years and together they raised three children. She enjoyed the company of seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vienna. While Evelyn enjoyed time with her family, she also found playing Bingo and card games especially enjoyable.
Emma Mears, Office Manager
Emma has been with Bailey Funeral Home for 6 years. "I love to keep things organized and find great pleasure in taking care of all the important details. In this way, I can help the families in our community as they face the challenges of losing a loved one."
Emma is married, and has two daughters. In her spare time she enjoys riding motorcycles, and hours of quiet pleasures with her family and their animal companions.
Scott Tapley, Funeral Service Assistant
Scott came to funeral service early in life, working with his two late uncles, Dimmer and Woodrow Wilson at their funeral home in Karnak. It was then that Scott learned and came to deeply understand the importance of caring and compassion for families during a time of loss. "It is an honor and a privilege for me to serve and assist the families who turn to us during a most difficult time."
He is a graduate of Century High School, and attended Shawnee Community College. After working for Electric Energy, Inc. for 39 years, he retired, and came into a new career as a funeral service associate with Bailey Funeral Home.
Scott is a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Shriner and member of Vienna Masonic Lodge #0150
He and his wife of forty years, Kay, live in Karnak. They have two children, and three grandchildren. Scott enjoys woodworking in his shop at home, fishing, and spending time with their family and friends.
David Rockwell, Funeral Service Assistant
David has been in funeral service for two years, which means his eye is fresh and his enthusiasm is high. "I love coming into the funeral home every day, knowing that I will bring comfort to families who are facing the loss of a loved one. Each family has different needs and expectations, and it is my goal to always meet or exceed them."
He graduated from the Vienna Township High School in 1974, and spent years at various institutions of higher learning, including the Shawnee Community College, Murray State University, and Southern Illinois University.
David's prior professional background includes working for the Johnson County Ambulance service, and Western Baptist Hospital.He is retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections, and currently serving as the Johnson County Coroner, and Auxillary County Deputy Sheriff.
He is married, with three adult children, and his extended family brings him a great deal of joy.
David enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking, and listening to music. He is a Life member of the Masonic Lodge #150, of Vienna, and a member of the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association, the Illinois Police Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police. He is also a member of the Vienna Masonic Lodge #150.