Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 24, 2013

Ronald L. Bailey

PRINCETON — PRINCETON - Ronald L. Bailey, 77, of Princeton, passed into Glory on Monday morning, September 23, 2013 around 8:00 a.m. at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, W.Va. following being diagnosed with lung and bone cancer. Born May 17, 1936 at his grandparents' farm on Pisgah Road in Princeton, he was the son of the late, Forrest Bailey and Ruth Donally Bailey.

Ronald was a 1954 graduate of Princeton High School. He was a former employee of Rish Equipment Company and was a shipping clerk for North American Rockwell Corporation in Princeton. He also was a real estate appraiser for the Mercer County Assessor's Office. Ronald worked as a postal clerk in Narrows, Virginia until his retirement at the age of 68 in 2004 following quadruple bypass surgery. Ronald was a member of Kee Street United Methodist Church in Princeton. He was active in many organizations including Princeton Masonic Lodge #134 where he served as Past Master, member of Chapter #53 Order of the Eastern Star, Royal Arch Masons, Bluefield Commandery, Knights Templar, Bluefield and Charleston Scottish Rite, Beni Kedem Shrine Temple, Bluefield Shrine Club, Mercer County Farm Bureau, past president of the Narrows Virginia, Lions Club, served on the Camp Creek State Park Foundation and was a member of the Clay Memorial Park Foundation.  He was also elected to Mercer County Democratic Executive Committee. He was also very active in the annual Bailey Reunion and served as chairman for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Nancy Harvey Bailey; his son, David Bailey and wife, Sandee of Roanoke, Va.; and five grandchildren, Matthew, Jason, Michael, Krisee and Carol Ann, all of Roanoke; one brother, Gene Bailey of Camp Creek; and one sister, Ann O'Quinn of Baltimore, Md.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Reverend Ray Stonestreet officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton where graveside rites will be conducted by members of the Princeton Masonic Lodge #134 AF & AM.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Kee Street United Methodist Church, 311 Kee Street, Princeton, WV 24740.

Friends may visit from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, September 25 at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. To view a video tribute to Mr. Bailey or send the family online condolences please visit

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