Death of John Davis Bailey

John Davis Bailey, 86, of Charleston passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, in Prince Williams Hospital in Manassas, Va.

John was born in Charleston on December 22, 1924, to the late O.E. and Sue Carr Bailey.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his loving wife of almost 55 years, Joyce Ann Palmer Bailey; sister, Rose Elizabeth Bailey Leftwich; and his brother-in-law, Shirley A. Leftwich.

John retired from the 130th Air National Guard in December 1984. He was a veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict, and spending almost two years in Germany. He also traveled throughout the years with the guard to many parts of the world, with his last big trip in November 1984 being sent to New Zealand. He came back home and retired on his birthday.

John was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church, Charleston, Kanawha Masonic Lodge No. 20, Scottish Rite Bodies, and Beni Kedem Shrine. After retirement, he spent time driving his children back and forth to the Shrine hospital. He enjoyed being with his kids.

John was also an avid deer hunter. In his younger days, he loved to get all his buddies together and take off for Webster County, where the fun would begin. He also enjoyed spending weekends with his family, in that area.

John is survived by his daughter, Susan Osborne, and her husband, Marshall; grandson, Jacob Lee; and granddaughter, Rachel Elizabeth Osborn, all of Fairfax, Va. John is also survived by his special friends, who came in to his life after the passing of his wife three and a half (3 1/2) years ago, Betty and Bobby Olson and Archie Walker. They have been such a blessing to our family.

John had many friends and was loved by everyone who came in contact with him. He will be sadly missed by all.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 11, at St. Marks United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Monty Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Springhill Cemetery, Charleston, with Masonic rites.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.