Gary Alan Bailey, 74 - Elizabeth

Gary Alan Bailey, 74, of Elizabeth, WV, passed away February 18, 2014 at his home on Beulah Hill. He died within yards of his March 19, 1939 birthplace. He was the second son of the late Forrest and Inez (Roberts) Bailey.

Gary proudly served 27 ½ years in the United States Army. He retired from DuPont, Washington Works after 38 ½ years of service where he worked in Nylon, Filaments, Power & Services, Transportation, and as a Dispatcher.

He was a member of the Junior Order United American Mechanics, Rockport Council #106. He served as National Committeemen and National Representative, and as West Virginia State Councilor.

Gary was awarded an Associate in Arts degree by Parkersburg Community College in 1972 and he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration by Glenville State College in 1981.

He was elected and served as a Wirt County Commissioner from 1972-1978. He was a founding member of the Wirt County Emergency Squad.

Gary was a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was a long-time WVU sports fan, holding football season tickets for the past few years.

He was a member of the Elizabeth United Methodist Church.

When not tending to the mules or the chickens, Gary was an avid reader and family researcher. He held an incredible memory for family and local history.

He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years Martha (Vanfossen) Bailey; son, Mark Bailey of King George, VA; daughter Lori (Terry) Wilson of Vincent, Ohio; two grandsons, Jason Ward of Ripley, WV, and Brian (Amber) Ward of McCordsville, IN; a great grandson, Leo Ward; brother, Steve Bailey of Elizabeth, WV; and sister Barbara Story of Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by both parents and older brother Larry Bailey.

Services will be Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Matheny Whited Funeral Home of Elizabeth, WV, with the Rev. Lee Williams officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 4 p.m. until time of Service. Interment at Beulah-Humble Presbyterian Cemetery, will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Elizabeth United Methodist Church P O Box 549, Elizabeth WV 26143.