James Wayne Dailey, 90, of Martinsburg, WV, died Thursday on September 8, 2011. He was surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on July 10, 1921 in Berkeley County, West Virginia, and was the son of the late Harry Adam Dailey and Elizabeth Margaretta Engle Dailey.
He was married to the late Betty Lee Keesecker Dailey. He is survived by his only son, James W. Dailey II, and his wife, Diane; his only granddaughter, Betty Christine Dailey Bolyard; and his only grandson, James W. Dailey III, and his wife, Nicole. He is survived by six great grandchildren, Katherine Rebecca Bolyard, Andrew Bradley Bolyard, Emma Grace Bolyard, Hannah Jean Ellen Cobb, James W. Dailey IV, and Nathan Conrad Dailey.
He is also survived by his brother, Robert E. Dailey and wife, Jackie and nephews, John Robert Dailey, Mark Edward Dailey, and niece, Beth Anne Dailey Weeks.
Mr. Dailey was a graduate of Martinsburg High School and served in the United States 2nd Army Medical Corp. He was retired from the Veterans Administration Hospital serving as supervisor of plumbing and heating for engineering services for over 24 years and was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Mr. Dailey was a member of the Christ Reformed United Church of Christ having served over the years in the positions of Deacon and Treasurer.
His fraternal pride and passion was his love for the Masonic values to which he pledged as a 65 year member of Equality Lodge #44 AF & AM Grand Lodge of West Virginia serving as a Past Master and Treasurer for over 30 years.
He was honored as a member of the Scottish Rite Consistory serving as Venerable and Wise Master and awarded the distinction of Knight Commander of the Court of Honour of the 32 Degree of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite. In addition, he was also honored and awarded the distinction of Inspector General Honorary of the 33 Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.
He was a member of the Osiris Shrine Temple in Wheeling, West Virginia serving as an appointed potentate’s aide and Osiris Legion of Honor. He was Past President of the Eastern Panhandle Shrine Club. He was an Associate Member of the Ali Ghan Shrine Temple in Cumberland, Maryland and executive board member of the Hagerstown, Maryland Shrine Club. As well, he was an Honorary Life Time Member of Boumi Shrine Temple in Baltimore, Maryland and the Royal Order of Jesters in Cumberland, Maryland. In addition, he was a Charter Member of the Tall Cedars Lebanon Shenandoah Forest Chapter #150 serving as the Grand Tall Cedar for 10 years and Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star Golden Rule Chapter #69.
His social club participation commenced as a Charter Member of the Equal Rod and Club in Wardensville, West Virginia as well as a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #778 and the American Legion Potomac Post #202 in Williamsport, Maryland.
His civic and community involvement was as a Charter Member and one of the original organizers of the Berkeley County Midget Football League started in 1956 and now known as the Tri County Youth Football League.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at the Christ Reformed United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Hartshorn officiating.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Monday at Brown Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, 117 East Burke Street, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25401 and Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25403.