Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 22, 2013

Hersell Odell Bailey

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PEARISBURG, Va. — Hersell Odell Bailey

PEARISBURG, Va. — Hersell Odell Bailey, 83 of Giles County went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013.

Hersell was born in Glen Lyn on July 3rd, 1929 and was the son of the late Arthur Hampton and Nita Alma Blankenship Bailey.  In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Alma Susan Bailey; two brothers, Trelby and Donald Halsey Bailey; and a sister Chlorene Ruth Bailey Cecil.

He was a member of Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead.  Hersell served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and retired in 1972 after serving 23 years in the United States Navy.  He was later employed with the Giles County Sheriff’s Office, retiring in 1990.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Ruth Ann Ayers Bailey; three sons, Jerry Wayne Bailey, of Giles County, Danny Steven Bailey and wife Regina, of Botetourt County, and Barry Dean Bailey and wife Lynn, of Opelika, Ala.; a daughter, Peggy Jean Bailey, of Botetourt County; two brothers, Arthur Hampton Bailey and wife Lois, of Rich Creek, James Gillespie Bailey and wife Delores, of Montgomery County; grandchildren, Jean Ann Bailey, of Giles County, Angela Marie Tuck and husband Marshall, of Bedford County, Matthew Arthur Bailey, Jacob Edward Bailey and Rachel Virginia Bailey, all of Opelika, Ala.,, Ethan Kyle Jones, of Botetourt County, and Clayborn Daniel Bailey and Andrew Hampton Bailey, both of Botetourt County; two great-grandchildren, Ashley Marie Tuck and Bailie Nicole Tuck, both of Bedford County; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 24th, 2013 at 2  p.m. in the Chapel of Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows with Pastor Shahn Wilburn officiating.  Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows with graveside rites conducted by VFW Post No. 6000 of Narrows, American Legion Posts No. 68 of Narrows, No. 311 of Pembroke and No. 145 of Peterstown.  The family will receive friends at Riffe’s Funeral Service Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.  

The family requests that those sending memorial contributions, please consider the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program; 900 East Main Street, 6th Floor-West Wing, Richmond, VA 23219

The family is being served by Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at