“A Few Seconds To Live” is a true story by Stan Bailey based on the author’s memories and live interviews going back to just before his third birthday.
He still has vivid personal memories of boarding a train in New Albany, Mississippi, with his mother, Christine Bailey, on their way to Memphis and eventually to Hastings, Nebraska.
In Hastings she joined Stan’s father, Henry Edward Bailey, for the final months of World War II and his ultimate discharge from the Army.
STAN BAILEY has 40 years of experience writing and reporting for daily newspapers in six states. He covered law enforcement, victims’ rights, state and federal trial and appeals courts, prisons, state government and politics for 32 years in the Montgomery, Alabama, bureau of The Birmingham News.
THORN, Miss. (June 1, 1945) PAPA GEE never owned a tractor. Instead he had two mules and two sons, Lowell and Raiford. Together they raised cotton and corn on the red clay hills of Thorn, a northeast Mississippi farming community in Chickasaw County.
They turned up an overalls pocketful of arrow heads and great clumps of Johnson grass from that dirt almost every time they plowed it.