Eugene Ray Bailey, 71, of Packs Branch departed this life Sunday, March 30, 2008, surrounded by his loving family, at the University of Virginia Medical Center following a short illness.

Born Feb. 7, 1937, at Clear Creek, he was the son of the late Oliff and Daisy Young Bailey. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Andrew Bailey, Vernon Bailey and Leonard Bailey; sister, Cora Bailey Graley; and daughter-in-law, Beverly Manning Bailey.

Eugene was a “Child of the King” and a member of Packs Branch Baptist Church serving God as deacon. He was proud to serve God by caring for the elderly members of the community. He was a retired coal miner, having worked 37 years in the mines, and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 51 years, Ileatta Maynor Bailey; his mother-in-law, Edith Workman of Colcord; sons, Ricky Bailey and wife, Vonda, of Red Star, Randall Bailey and wife, Stephanie, of Prosperity, Billy Bailey and wife, Anna, of Bradley and Robert Bailey and wife, Dinah, of Packs Branch; daughters, Robin Williams and husband, Dennis, of Packs Branch and Renae McGinnis and husband, Bruce, of Crab Orchard; grandchildren, Racheal Meadows and husband, Bobby, Jeremy Bailey, Lewis Bailey and wife, Yolanda, Matthew Bailey and wife, Courtney, Michael Bailey, Jason Bailey, Joey Bailey, Jonathan Williams, Gary Williams and fiancée, Megan, Ashley Bailey, Amanda Bailey and Dakota Newman; and great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Meadows, Bailey Meadows, Jacob Meadows, Brenna Bailey, Madison Bailey, Danielle Bailey and Cassidy Bailey.

Also left to cherish his memory are six sisters, Evelyn Robinson, Ethel Taylor, Edith Taylor and husband, Johnnie, Linda Toney and husband, Carl, Helen Blevins and husband, Jimmy, and Betty Lou Laxton and husband, Ulysses; special friends, Ed and Verna Osteen and Keith and Janie DeLung; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law, several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Service will be noon Friday, April 4, at Packs Branch Baptist Church with Pastor Sam Vance and the Rev. Harmon Davis officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley. His grandsons and great-grandson will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the church sanctuary and fellowship hall.

Although flowers are appreciated, those who wish to cherish his memory may also make donations to Packs Branch Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

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