"I hear the comments," says Bailey of life in a mixed marriage.
"I hear the black women say, 'There's another one gone.' I've been treated well in Utah, but it's a colorless thing when you're a celebrity. Sindi Southwick, 6 feet tall, was a basketball player at Utah Valley State College when they met in 1989.
His community work and music have attracted audiences, but his biggest demand is to speak to LDS groups about his conversion to the Mormon faith and about his marriage.
They are used to the stares (or glares) that come with mixed marriages, but sometimes it turns uglier. I don't care what you think." Getting nowhere, Bailey returned to his family, but, unsatisfied with the exchange, he approached the woman again.
"I'm proud of Thurl," says former Jazz coach and president Frank Layden. He's doing things with his life." When Bailey hired Scholes to be his manager, one of the first things he told him was, "We don't need to make money off everything.
There are people out there we need to work with who don't have a budget." But Bailey does have a business side.
That includes his own basketball camp, which he does gratis.
He contacts various charities and organizations to identify kids who could benefit from attending the camp but can't afford it, and admits them free.
Their backgrounds couldn't have been more different.