Harold W. Dailey (1920 - 2012)

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Harold Webster Dailey

DELMAR — On Saturday, May 5, 2012, Harold Webster Dailey went home to be with the Lord Jesus, passing away at his home in Delmar. He was born in Frankfort, Ky., on April 5, 1920, to the late Duard and Laura Webster Dailey. He was preceded in death by his brother, Louis Dailey of Louisville, Ky.

Harold was a decorated World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1941-1945, leaving with the rank of master sergeant. Upon his discharge, Harold returned to his native Kentucky and the family farm until taking a manager's position with Southern States in 1946. He was transferred in 1948 to Salisbury, where he served as plant superintendent until the plant was sold in 1950. Harold worked as its plumbing department manager for Montgomery Wards, where he met the love of his life, Shirley Coffin; and they were married in 1955. Harold left Wards and started his own Sawdust, Shavings and Poultry business in 1954. Southern States hired Harold back in 1957, serving as a chicken doctor, salesman and supervisor. In 1962, Harold went to work for Atlantic Richfield Co. (later ARCO), serving with them for 18 years until taking retirement in 1980. Harold also served as administrator of the Salisbury Moose Lodge from 1976 until retiring permanently in 1990.

Harold was very active in sports throughout his lifetime. In 1938 during his senior year at Lafayette High School in Lexington, he made All-Conference Guard in basketball. Upon arriving on the Delmarva Peninsula, Harold served as manager and player of the VFW softball team in the Salisbury Industrial League from 1949-1959. He also served as head coach and player for the VFW basketball team in the Eastern Shore League from 1950-1955. Harold managed the Lions baseball team of Salisbury East Little League from 1956-1968, during which he became the first manager ever from the Eastern Shore to win the state championship. Their dream of going to the Little League World Series ended with a hard-fought, one-run loss in the Little League Eastern Regional Championships. He managed several softball teams in the Wicomico County Fast Pitch Softball League before retiring from active coaching. Shortly after his retirement, he was elected to the City Industrial Sports Hall of Fame at the Wicomico Civic Center. Harold was an avid golfer who participated in the Elks Senior Golf League, winning many awards. His favorite sports teams were the Kentucky Wildcats (basketball) and the Cincinnati Reds (baseball). During the last 10 years of his life, he participated in a local Fantasy Baseball League, winning his second League Championship last year at the age of 91.

Harold was a member of the St. Andrews United Methodist Church of Salisbury and Grace and Peace Fellowship Church in Delmar, where he served as church trustee. Harold held numerous church leadership positions during his lifetime of service.

Harold was a member of numerous civic and community organizations including the Salisbury Elks Club, VFW, American Legion, Salisbury Moose Lodge and the Red Men. During Harold's lifetime, he received many awards, certificates and letters of appreciation for his civic activities.

Harold, a beloved husband, father and grandfather, leaves behind his loving wife, Shirley Belle (Coffin) Dailey; sons, Richard Harold "Dicky" Dailey and wife, Betty Ann, of Delmar, Ronald Wayne "Ronnie" Dailey of Salisbury and daughter-in-law, Sue Dailey of Salisbury, Dennis Webster Dailey and wife, Cynthia, of Delmar; and a daughter, Teresa Rae Dailey-Kampmeyer and husband, James "Bear," of Vienna, Md. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Richard Dean "Rick" Dailey, Scott Alan Dailey, Todd Alan Dailey, Casey Dailey Givens and husband, Eric, Richard Chadwick Dailey and wife, Carrie, all of Salisbury, Amber Teresa Conway and husband, Scott, of Manassas, Va., and Megan Rae White of Towson, Md.; and nine great-grandchildren, Chelsey, Caden and Chase Givens, Keagan and Karli Dailey, Todd Dailey Jr., Colby and Chloe Dailey, and Matthew Conway.

The service for Harold Webster Dailey, 92, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Short Funeral Home at 13 E. Grove St. in Delmar, Del. Visitations will be from 7-8:30 Wednesday evening and 10-11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Gary Tulak of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Salisbury and Pastor Dennis Dailey of Grace and Peace Fellowship Church in Delmar will officiate the service. Interment will follow the service in Springhill Memory Gardens near Hebron.

In lieu of flowers, Harold's wishes were that donations would be sent to one of the two churches he served in during his lifetime: St. Andrews United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 400 E. Vine St., Salisbury, Md. 21804; or Grace and Peace Fellowship Church, 8631 Wintergreen Place, Delmar, Md., 21875.

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Short Funeral Home
13 E. Grove Street Delmar, DE 19940
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Published in The Daily Times on May 8, 2012
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