Meet Featured Member Fay Bailey (by Beth Hamil)
Fay Bailey describes herself as “a little dull,” but she is anything but! As a child she was inquisitive and bright enough to skip the third grade. She admits, though, she was also a little bit of a trouble maker.
Industrious at the early age of 14, Fay decided she wanted to get a real job at the Cain-Sloan department store. Fay dressed up in ladies stockings to convince the hiring manager that she was 16, the minimum age required to work. This determined young lady landed a job in the gift wrap department and soon worked her way up to cashier.
Fay married Hop Bailey, Jr. and moved to Knoxville where she has lived for the past 45 years. She joined the family business, Hop Bailey Co., Knoxville’s oldest real estate firm that was founded in 1922 by her father-in-law. The business continues to prosper and now has third generation family members among its ranks.
Fay has thrived in the real estate business and says she loves helping each client find the perfect home. She is known for giving her clients Cricket Boxes which bring good luck to a home.
In addition to a busy career, Fay has always taken leadership roles in both professional and civic organizations. Fay is a Certified Real Estate Residential Manager and holds memberships in both the Knoxville Board of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She has also been involved with the Knoxville Opera, Junior Achievement, The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation Board and The University of Tennessee Medical Center Pastoral Care Development Committee.
This hardworking and enterprising woman has received many honors. In 2002, she was a winner at the annual Tribute to Women for Volunteer Community Service. In 1996, she earned a Community Service Award from the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of National Society of Fundraising Executives, and in 1996 was awarded the Visionary Award by the Baptist Health System Foundation.
Fay perfectly embodies the spirit of EWA. This pioneer busted a glass ceiling by being the first woman asked to join the Chamber.
Finally, Fay is delighted to share the news that she is engaged to marry Willard L. Carr of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is a CPA with his own practice.