The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 11, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, July 11, 2014

Betty James Ashley

Graveside memorial services for Betty James Ashley, who passed away Feb. 11, 2014, will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Restwood Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Dr. Barbara Romfo officiating. Those attending the service are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Daniel L. Bailey

On Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, our most beloved, Daniel Lee Bailey of Harper, died at the Beckley Veterans Area Medical Center following a short illness. He was 65 years of age.

The second of five children, “Dan” as he was affectionately known all his life was born on January 21st, 1949. He was the son of the late Charley and Audrey Knox Bailey. In addition to his parents, Dan was preceded in death by a brother, Charley Edward Bailey.

Dan leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 37 years, Debbie; his children, Charley Bailey, Jonathan Bailey, Joshua Bailey and JoJo Bailey all who make their home in Beckley. Dan now joins his deceased twins, Laura Lee and Lisa Ann who died in 1983. Dan was the proud grandfather of Dani Leigh Bailey, Lucien Trevor Bailey and Trinity Jayne Bailey. He was the fond brother of Donna Szczypinski of Lake Lotowana, Mo., Rosetta Sperring of Pensacola, Fla., and Dianna Lane of Savannah, Ga.

Dan’s early years were spent in West Virginia. In 1964, the Bailey family moved to Indianapolis, Ind. Dan joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967, at the age of 18. He served on active duty until he returned home early due to the unexpected death of his mother, Audrey.

After serving in the Marines, Dan traveled through various states working at various jobs, and eventually settled down in California, working as a stage hand for various movie productions. Dan was especially proud of meeting one of his favorite actors, John Wayne, among various other actors during his work. Dan would eventually move back to Indianapolis where he worked side by side with his father for Bailey’s Asphalt Company, retiring in 1992. In 1994, Dan returned back to West Virginia where he and his family made their home on Lilly Mountain. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid history buff. Dan immensely enjoyed his family until his untimely death.   

On Saturday, July 12th, at 1 p.m. we will honor the life of Daniel Lee Bailey with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Dan’s uncle Rev. Perry Smith will be officiating. Daniel will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 11th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

To his family, the world will never be the same without our Dan. To his family, there will never be a heart so big. To his children, there will never be a better father. To his grandchildren, there will never be a prouder “GrandPa.” To this world, there never, ever be another Dan. Semper Fi

The arrangements are being handled by Melton Mortuary.

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