Funeral services held for longtime Ripley alderman

By NEMS Daily Journal

RIPLEY – Former alderman Gilroy Bails Sr., 77, who became the first black alderman for the city of Ripley, died Dec. 19 at Tippah County Hospital.
It is believed that Bails had a stomach aneurysm at his home before being transported to the hospital.
His funeral was Friday at St. James Church of God in Christ.
Bails, a longtime deacon at Ripley Second Baptist Church, was elected Ward 3 Alderman in 1985 and served for 24 years under five different mayors. He never missed a meeting during his entire time as alderman.
He was a retired employee of Jitney Jungle, where he worked for many years. He also was a bus driver for the South Tippah School District. He was a member of the Ripley Lions Club.