Russell E. Bailey
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Suffolk - Russell Ernest Bailey, 93, of Chesterfield, Virginia passed away peacefully on Friday, May 2, 2014 at his home. Born in Ivor, Virginia, March 28, 1921 to Emma Lee and Ernest Hugh Bailey. He resided, the majority of his life, in Suffolk, Virginia. For the last 24 years, he lived in Chesterfield County to be close to his children and grandchildren.
Russell is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nellie Downs Bailey; daughters, Diane Bailey Sears (Steve) and Patricia Bailey Crockett (Joe); loving grandchildren, Shannon Andrea Sears, Stephanie Sears Harrelson (Bruce), Joseph Crockett, Jr. (Heidi), Carly Crockett Philp (Jerry), and Ethan Bailey Crockett ; 3 great grandchildren, Tiffany Kaylie Harrelson, Samuel Jun Crockett, and Annabelle Catherine Philp.
He is survived by a brother George Randolph Bailey of Suffolk, Virginia and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings Irie Lee Bailey, Lell Bailey Kinsey, Elle Hugh Bailey, Raymond Mark Bailey, and Jenevelyn Bailey Westnage.
Russell was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of Company F 18th Infantry First Division. He received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for service in three Army Campaigns through France and Belgium in 1944. He graduated from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Apprentice Program with a study concentration in electronics. He retired in 1973 from the Quality Assurance Office, Laboratory Division of the Reference Standards Branch after 32 years of service.
Russell and Nellie were members of Providence United Methodist Church in Suffolk, Virginia from 1946 through 1990. After their move to Chesterfield, Virginia they were members of Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church and they are current members of Hopewell United Methodist Church. While living in Suffolk, Russell was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Kings Fork Ruitan Club. He transferred his DAV membership to Chapter 50 in Richmond, Virginia.
Russell was always available to assist anyone with repairs and special projects. His primary hobby was woodworking. His family treasures the handmade furniture and toys he sculptured for them.
A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the R. W. Baker & Co Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk, VA. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Holly Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Virginia Wounded Warriors Project Region 4 (Central) or Region 5 (Tidewater). Donations can be sent to 900 East Main Street, 6th Floor-West Wing, Richmond, VA 23219. Condolences may be registered at www.rwbakerfh.com
R.W. Baker Funeral & Co.
509 W. Washington St. Suffolk, VA 23435
Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 6, 2014