|Julian Edwin Bailes, Sr.|
City Judge in Natchitoches, Louisiana
|Born|| January 6, 1915|
|Spouse(s)|| Predeceased by:
(1) Georgia Butler Bailes
|Children|| Georgia Ann Bailes Scott|
Juliana Bailes Lipe
|Alma mater|| Natchitoches Central High School|
Northwestern State University
Louisiana State University Law Center
|Occupation|| Judge, Attorney|
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.
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. 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 Marion 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.