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Gleta Mainer Bailes

June 5, 1931 — November 15, 2021

Gleta Mainer Bailes

Gleta Mainer Bailes, 90 years young, danced her final earthly steps on Monday, November 15th, 2021.

Gleta, lovingly known to all as Granny, was born in Paris, Arkansas on June 5th, 1931, to parents William Jennings Bryan Mainer and Maggie Neace Mainer Gossett.

Granny spent her lifetime laughing, dancing and loving others. She chose the profession of cosmetology as her career. She first worked in Comer, Georgia at Mi-Lady Beauty Shop and then owning her own salon, Hair-riffic Beauty Center in Adelanto, California.

Granny loved to dance, especially country line dancing. She became an instructor and spent many years dancing all over Southern California.

Gleta is preceded in death by her parents; husband, David William Bailes; daughter, Marcia Smith Jackson; great-grandson, Marcus Lane Kelley; and two former husbands: Cecil Smith and Joseph Daly.

She is survived by her son, Gary Smith and wife Sarah Lynn; son, Jeffery Smith; daughter, Missy Cobb; son-in-love, James “Jack” Jackson; twelve grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; six great-great- grandchildren; and her special furry grand-pup, Abe.

Service will be held on Sunday, November 21st, at 3:30pm at Celebration Outreach Center, 1333 Washington Highway, Elberton, Ga with Pastor Bill Jones officiating. Visitation will be held an hour prior to her service.

Since Granny loved taking care of others, her wishes were for donations to be made to SafeHouse Ministries, P.O. Box 6336, Elberton, Ga 30635 or to Hart County Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 45, Hartwell, Ga 30643.

Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at

Berry Funeral Home of Elberton is in charge of arrangements.

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