Julian Bailes

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Julian Edwin Bailes, Sr.

Judge of the
Louisiana 10th Judicial District Court
In office

In office

Born January 6, 1915
Longview, Texas
Died Shreveport, Louisiana
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Predeceased by:

(1) Georgia Butler Bailes
(2) Nell Sandefur Bailes

Children Georgia Ann Bailes Scott

Juliana Bailes Lipe
Sara Nell Bailes Williams
Julian Edwin Bailes, Jr.
Emily Bailes Haines
18 grandchildren
21 great-grandchildren

Alma mater Natchitoches Central High School
Northwestern State University
Louisiana State University Law Center
Occupation Judge, Attorney

First lieutenant in United States Army at Battle of the Bulge in World War II

Julian Edwin Bailes, Sr. (January 6, 1915 – February 1, 2010), was a judge of the Louisiana 10th Judicial District Court in Natchitoches, with service from 1960 until retirement in 1972.

A native of Longview, Texas, he was a son of Larry Thaddeus Bailes and the former Ethel Ballard. He graduated from Natchitoches High School (later with desegregation renamed as Natchitoches Central High School) and Louisiana Normal College (now Northwestern State University), also in Natchitoches. While obtaining his legal credentials from the Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge, he worked as an elevator operator in the Louisiana State Capital. Bailes and was an eyewitness and the last surviving witness of the assassination in 1935 of U.S. Senator Huey Pierce Long, Jr.

On March 11, 1942, Bailes enlisted in the United States Army. He was wounded in an artillery attack and awarded two Purple Heart medals in 1944 for action with the 7th Army at the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.[1]

A Democrat, Bailes was elected as city judge of Natchitoches in 1948 and reelected in 1954. he was elected as a judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit in 1960, on which he served for two six-year terms.[1] In 1976, he was the interim judge of the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge, a position he vacated after several months when the Republican Douglas Gonzales, Sr., won election to that court.

Judge Bailes was preceded in death by his second wife, the former Nell Sandefur. He had five surviving children, Georgia Ann Bailes Scott and husband, Homer, of Natchitoches; Juliana Bailes Lipe and husband, Jim, of Shreveport; Sara Nell Bailes Williams and husband John Payne Williams Sr., of Natchitoches; Dr. Julian Edwin Bailes, Jr. and wife Colleen, of Morgantown, West Virginia, and Emily Bailes Haines and husband, Paul, of Shreveport.[2]

Judge Bailes died of a stroke in Shreveport at the age of ninety-five and is interred at the American Cemetery in Natchitoches.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 In Memoriam: Julian E. Bailes. lasc.org. Retrieved on March 26, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Julian Edwin Bailes obituary. The Shreveport Times (February 3, 2010). Retrieved on March 26, 2015.