Oscar Jerrell Bailes, D.O.
1923 - 2019
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Born in Nettie, WV, on November 21, 1923, Dr. Oscar Jerrell “Jerry” Bailes was the son of the late Worth and Anna (Rock) Bailes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Charles Jerrell “Jerry” Bailes, who died at 22 years of age; brothers and a sister and their spouses William Harold and Rosalie Bailes of Proctorville, OH; Floyd Ray and Bertie Bailes of Scott Depot, WV; Oretha Lea (Bailes) and Robert Taylor of Bradley, WV; and Worth Edward Bailes, who died in infancy, and one grandson Jeremy Gray Bailes and two great-granddaughters Autumn Peace Landreth and Brazen Faith Landreth who died before birth. He was survived by his wife of 73 years Vinita Jean (Holliday) Bailes, daughters and their spouses Cheryl Ann and John Bredeaux and Debora Sue “Suzy” and Phil “Buddy” Fry, and daughter-in-law Debi (Wilson) and Kyle Swim, all of Princeton, WV. He leaves seven grandchildren and their spouses, Leann Landreth of Savannah, GA; Jared and Julie Landreth of Seattle, WA; Lelia Fry of Chicago, IL; Christa (Fry) and Timmy Fama of Princeton, WV; Angel (Bailes) and Patrick Smith of Richland, WA; Tommy and Ashley Swim of Dothan, AL; and Erin (Swim) and Josh Wurzelbacher of Nashville, TN. He leaves thirteen great-grandchildren, Sarah, Micah and Adora Landreth; Andrew Fama and a Fama great-grandson due in October; Joshua and Matthew Smith; Havailah Swim and a Swim great-grandson due in October; and Eli, Gideon, Judah and Noah Wurzelbacher. He leaves four nephews and nieces and their spouses, Willa (Bailes) and John Perdiue of Cincinnati, OH; Robert and Karen Taylor of Cross Junction, VA; James Taylor of Newport News, VA; and Sarah (Bailes) and Kenny Blake of Scott Depot, WV, and sister-in-law Selma Bailes of Scott Depot, WV.  Dr. Bailes graduated from Richwood High School, from which he received one of their first Order of the Rings lifetime achievement awards. He attended WV Tech, Marshall University and Concord College before going to the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery, Kansas City, MO, from which he graduated in 1952. While in Kansas City, he interned at Lakeside Hospital. He returned to Princeton in 1953 to practice in the office started by his in-laws Drs. Charles and Lillie Holliday. Interspersed in his college career were 34 months spent in the US Army in India, Iran and France. He married Jean on May 30, 1946, and they became parents of three fantastic children, Cheryl, Suzy, and Jerry. Jean saw him through WV Tech, Marshall University, Concord College and KCCOS while rearing three children, quite an accomplishment. In addition to his practice, he was president of the West Virginia Society of Osteopathic Medicine in 1958–59 and secretary of the society from 1965 to 1977. A major portion of his job was supervising two education conferences each year. He did the planning but Jean ran the conferences in a smooth manner that made him look good. In 1972, he helped found the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV and was on the staff from 1974 to 1976. He resumed his practice in Princeton until July 1977, when he moved to Athens, OH, where he joined the faculty of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine as Associate Professor. In 1979, he accepted the position of founding Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pamona, CA, where he assembled staff and wrote the curriculum. After nine years he retired and came home. Retirement lasted three months before he opened an office on Stafford Drive in Princeton, WV, where he practiced medicine until 1992 when OSHA issued a two-inch thick notebook of regulations. He decided to retire again, tossed the notebook in the waste basket, locked the door and went home. This one lasted six months until a nurse from Red Bird Mission (a mission of the United Methodist Church in Eastern Kentucky) came by and said, “You aren’t doing anything useful and we need you.” He spent the next three years serving as a physician in Kentucky. He had no opportunity to retire this time for the day after he got home, Dr. Jana Peters invited him to work with her at New Hope Family Practice in Princeton, WV, where he spent over 20 years. He finally retired from practicing medicine at the age of 92. In the fall of 2015, Jean’s health began to fail and by February 2016 she needed full-time assistance. Along with dedicated caregivers Sheila Whitt, Kelly Pennington, Sherry Lester and Khadijah Wahid, he cared for her until his passing. In addition to his medical career, Dr. Bailes was a dedicated servant of God. In 1963, he became affiliated with the All India Prayer Fellowship (an indigenous ministry in India) as a board member. This ministry, through God’s help, has helped lead over six million people to Christ. In 1997, he was asked by Dr. John Bullock, a medical school classmate, to come to Christian Memorial Hospital in Malumghat, Bangladesh, to show their physical therapists his osteopathic manipulation techniques. There he met Sk. Shahadat Hossain, who started the Bangladesh Isah (Jesus) Society. He served on the board of this ministry as well, which has reached some one million people for Christ. His contributions to this ministry directly helped provide wells for villages to get water, sewing machines to provide employment for many people, and an orphanage to welcome street children. His  affiliations include First United Methodist Church in Princeton, Bethel Baptist Church in Pomona, CA, Gideons International, Lions Club and VFW. He led a full and rewarding life and wanted everyone to know that “Jean was the key to any success I may have had.”  Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Princeton with Rev. Tom McDowell officiating. Friends may call at the church from 12:00 Noon until the service hour on Saturday. Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 18, 2019 at the Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg, WV with the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard conducting military graveside rites. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 304, Princeton, WV 24740.


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Published in Seaver Funeral Home and Cremation Service - Princeton on Aug. 15, 2019.
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March 30, 2020
I'm 69 years old. He was my DR when I was small. He'd bring me chocolate milk to drink before he'd give me a shot. He'd come to our house. He will be so missed by many. What a sweet man of God.
Gail Kress casey
Friend
March 26, 2020
He was our Doctor when I was growing up. If Dr. Bailes couldn't help you, you weren't long for this world. :) He embodied to me what a caring physician looked and acted like, and inspired me to go into the medical field. What a wonderful Angel.
Shelia Ware
Friend
September 19, 2019
Dr. Bailes and I were clASSMATES IN kANSAS CITY. i LOST CONTACT WITH HIM AFTER GRADUATION. i HAVE advanced Parkinson's disease and am unable to type except by hunt and peck. Oscar will be best remembered for starting the West Virginia osteopathic medical school. I know he will be greatly missed by all who loved him deeply, including me. WELL DONE Oscar. See you when I come home. May the Lord Bless your works for ever.
Fredrick Boling, D.O.,FAASS
Classmate
August 17, 2019
Suzy and Cheryl, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Dr. Bailes. He gave of himself for many, many years and was a loving and compassionate man. He leaves a wonderful legacy that will benefit so many people for years to come. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family.
Dana Anderson
Friend
August 16, 2019
Jerry- you will be so missed! Thank you for your kindness and joy! Thank you for helping my brother and I get to a private school while we lived in a gang neighborhood. Thank you for picking me up in VA to sing at your church in WV and taking me back again! Thank you for being a mentor to my dad. I look forward to seeing you in heaven!! Love and blessings and comfort to your family!!❤❤❤
Hannah Ford
Friend
August 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Judy Fleming
Judy Fleming
Friend
August 16, 2019
Dr. Bailes was loved by many. He was our family doctor, and one of the best. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in peace.
Rita Woodring
Friend
August 15, 2019
Blessed and Loved. RIP
Susan Wilson
Family
August 15, 2019
Rest in peace.
Joyce Hess
Acquaintance
August 15, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Bailes for several years. What a fine christian gentleman he was. He was energetic and pleasant with never a harsh word. His patients loved him and he cared deeply for them. He will be missed not only by his patients but by his colleagues and friends.
Jim Lowe PA-C
Friend
August 15, 2019
Just a wonderful person, I had no idea of his many accomplishments and impact he and his family had in the community. Only fond memories. Prayers for the family.
Tina Bell
August 15, 2019
We're sending love and prayers for you and your family, Suzy and Buddy, from the entire WV District of Kiwanis International. We hope to see you at one of our future gatherings. Take good care!
Adele Knott
Friend
August 15, 2019
My Condolences And Prayers O:-)
Dr. Roger Williams
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