Tony D Bailey of Flora, MS passed away peacefully on July 4th following a seven-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Tony is survived by his wife Cathy of 19 years, daughters Amanda Gray Bailey and Lauren McDaniel Thigpen (Jordan), son Jay McDaniel (Lily), sister Pam Bailey Robbins and mother Merian Shirley Bailey. Two nephews Tyler Robbins and Zach Robbins and numerous great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father S. M. (Pete) Bailey, Jr.
Tony was born in Jackson, MS and resided in Madison County for the past 30 years. He was a graduate of Forest Hill High School in Jackson, MS. He attended Hinds Community College and was a 1980 graduate of Miss State University with a bachelor’s degree in computer programming. After graduation Mr. Bailey worked as a computer programmer and successful sales representative.
Tony Bailey founded Business Communications, Inc. in 1993 as a structured cabling company. Because of Bailey’s vision, experience, and knowledge, he quickly evolved BCI to meet the demands of the rapidly growing IT industry. BCI began partnering with some of the largest technology companies in the world and focused on adding talent and gaining IT industry certifications. Bailey led BCI through years of rapid growth where BCI sold and implemented technology infrastructure for thousands of companies, governmental entities, school systems, and universities across multiple states. By the late 90’s, Bailey needed more office space so he built the current headquarters building in Ridgeland, and he expanded the building a few years later. Bailey continued to focus on creating a company culture based on innovation, hard work, talent, and family. This allowed employees to thrive and innovate, and one such employee was able to create his own remote support solution that later became Bomgar. In 2011, he would go on to build a world-class data center in Ridgeland to provide cloud services to customers across the south. Around the same time, BCI began its journey on providing managed services in addition to its current IT services, and now BCI is one of the largest Managed Service Providers in the US. During Bailey’s tenure, BCI won Best Place to Work multiples times, #1 IT Company in Mississippi, and many other accolades. Bailey always focused on making customers happy, taking care of his employees, and working honestly and diligently with all of his technology partners. That culture and legacy will continue with BCI.
Tony loved attending Miss State sporting events. He enjoyed duck hunting and deer hunting but most of all he loved being outdoors and spending time with friends. He had numerous pets which he loved but shared a special bond with Otto his mix bred blue heeler. Tony was will be missed by so many friends and family.