Matthew James Bailey

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:17 a.m. CDT

WILMINGTON, Ill. — Mr. Matthew James “Lil Man” Bailey, 14, of Wilmington, Ill., passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 12, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Born March 18, 1998, in Joliet, Ill., Matt is a son of Geri Ann Cameron (nee Jones) and James A. Bailey. He was raised in Joliet prior to moving to Wilmington in the seventh grade. Matt was currently a freshman at Wilmington High School and will be remembered for his enjoyment of playing baseball and bow hunting.

Survivors include his mother, Geri Ann Cameron of Romeoville, Ill.; father and step-mother, James A. and Kelly Bailey of Wilmington; brothers and sisters Jessica Bailey (Charles Mooney) of Joliet and Philip Riggs, Jeffrey Redman and Ryan Bailey, all of Wilmington; maternal grandmother Jeanette Jones of Joliet; paternal grandmother Nancy Fury of Rockdale; step grandmother Susan Dorsett of Avon Lake, Ohio;  step great-grandmothers Margaret Dorsett of Manhattan, Ill., and Norma Geiss of Wilmington; nephew Johnathan Mooney; and aunts and uncles Larry Jones of Joliet, Mike Bailey and Diane Bailey, both of Rockdale, Ill., and Donald Dorsett of Avon Lake, Ohio.

Matt was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Larry Jones and Dee Ray Bailey, and step grandfather, William Dorsett.

Visitation and video tribute will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road, Wilmington. Private family funeral services will follow Friday, with Deacon Don Dyer officiating.

Matt will then later be laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery, Romeoville.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Matt’s memory to his family for their distribution.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto http://www.frbfuneral.com/

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Matthew R. Baskerville, CFSP. For additional information, call (815) 476-2181.

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