Chester Carlous Bailey, 83 - Cox's Mills

Chester Carlous Bailey age 83 of Cox's Mills, West Virginia, departed this life at 4:15 p.m., Monday, August 25, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, West Virginia, following a short illness.

Born December 15, 1930 in Hugheston, West Virginia, son of the late Nelson and Edith Gibson Bailey.

Chester was a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, with over 30 years experience. He was a farmer all his life and worked in the coal mines in his younger years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, spending time outdoors, and taking care of his dog Sweet Pea.

Chester nicknamed his grandson little Carlous "Sonny" at birth, and Sonny was his pride and joy. He was a member of the VFW, member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Sand Fork, and was baptized in the summer of 2013.

On March 3, 1951 he was united in marriage to Athilene Osborne, who preceded him in death in May 2001.

Surviving is 1 son, Carlous B. Bailey and wife Priscilla of Cox's Mills; 1 brother, Hansford Bailey and wife Opal of Wardensville, West Virginia; 3 sisters, May Lilly of Cox's Mills, Beatrice George of Charleston, West Virginia, and Sylvia Osborne of Cyclone, West Virginia; and 3 grandchildren surviving, Little Carlous "Sonny" Bailey and wife Hope of Cox's Mills, Roger Osborne and wife Annette of Charleston, West Virginia, and Bruce Osborne and wife Tressie of Brunswick, Ohio. There are 7 great grandchildren, numerous great-great grandchildren surviving and he also raised several nieces and nephews.

Along with his wife and parents, Chester was preceded in death by 1 Son, Roger Dale Bailey; 1 grandson, Nelson Edward "Eddie" Bailey; 3 sisters, Dorothy Hoosier, Evylene Marcum, and Maxine Blevins; and 1 brother, Cisco Bailey.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville WV 26351 at 11:00 a.m. Friday August 29, 2014 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the Horn Creek Cemetery, Cox's Mills, with Full Military Honors provided by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Chester C. Bailey with arrangements and online condolences may be expressed at