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Charles Bailey Jr.

Charles Bailey Jr., 82, of Wilkes-Barre passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, while surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Scranton on Nov. 7, 1930, he was the son of the late Charles and Effie Smith Bailey.

Charles proudly served in the Wilkes-Barre Police Department for 30 years. He was the first African American to be hired as a policeman with this department and, more notably, the only African American to be promoted to sergeant.

For more than 70 years, he was a dedicated member of Mount Zion Baptist Church.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and bowling.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his loving wife, Claudette Bailey; three sisters and two brothers.

Left to cherish his memory are his three children, Bruce Bailey and wife, Audrey, Wilkes-Barre; Charles T. Bailey and wife, Lynn, Ambler; and daughter, Michelle Bailey-Moore and husband, William, Harrisburg; grandchildren, Christal Bailey, Eugene Mapp, Erika Bailey, Taylor Bailey, Devan Bailey and Devon Sims-Bailey; four great-grandchildren; in-laws, Barbara Breese, Shirley Gibson and Tyrone Edmonds and wife, Sharon; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

The services are as follows: An evening wake will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, and viewing (10 to 11 a.m.) and funeral service (11 a.m.) will be held Tuesday, all at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 105 Hill St., Wilkes-Barre, where the Rev. Michael Brewster will be officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Family and friends may call at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday.

Condolences can be sent to www.BestLifeTributes.com.

Published in Citizens' Voice from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, 2013
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