Darrell Bailey

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Darrell Bailey

Darrell Bailey Retired Police Officer Darrell Bailey, age 58, of Bluefield, WV went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 28, 2018 at home with his family.
Born in Bluefield, WV he was a son of the late Clarence and Peggy Griffith Bailey. He was a lifetime resident of Mercer County and enjoyed his career in law enforcement, serving for 34 years in his community. During his career, he worked two years as a Correctional Officer at the Mercer County Jail and five years at Princeton Police Department obtaining the ranks of Detective and Sergeant. He worked as a detective at the Mercer County Sheriff's Department for 14 more years. During the last several years of his career, he worked in administrative duties and also at the Mercer County Sheriff's Department holding the ranks of Major/Chief Deputy. He was a certified Police Firearms Instructor and enjoyed teaching his fellow officers. In addition to teaching firearms, he was a martial arts instructor, holding a 5th Dan Black Belt in the Okinawan style of Goju-Ryu. He was the former owner and chief instructor of the Southern West Virginia Goju-Ryu Karate Club for 18 years. He touched many people's lives through his career and instruction.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a niece, Kimberly "Hope" Thomason.
Survivors include: His wife of 39 years, Carrie Lafferty Bailey of the home; Sons: Joshua Bailey and wife Ginger of Lashmeet, WV, Brandon Bailey of Bluefield, WV; Daughter: Christina Bailey of Bluefield, WV; Grandchildren: Taylor Childress, Ariel Bailey and Joshua Bailey, Jr.; Brother: Roger Kanihan and wife Beth of Marysville, CA; Sisters: Darlene Thomas and husband Wayne of Princeton, WV, Beverly Lafferty of Bluefield, WV.
Honoring Darrell's wishes, he is being cremated without services being held.
The family is accepting online condolences at www.cravens-shires.com.
The Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, 3431 Coal Heritage Road, Bluefield, WV is in charge of arrangements.
Published on December 29, 2018
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Bill Huffman
Jan 02, 2019
Darrell was the epitome of a model police officer: honest, fair, decent, dedicated. A great asset to the people of Mercer County, and a good, reliable friend. RIP DB. We will all miss you.
Ronnie Combs
Jan 02, 2019
He was a very special friend we talked a lot together a fine example of what all police officers should strive to be like so missed God bless
Becky Yearout
Jan 01, 2019
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know I am praying for God to comfort you and continue to be with all of you during this difficult time. I love you all .
Linda Bowling
Jan 01, 2019
I met Mr.Bailey while I was working at the mall, and he was there patrolling the area. He was a great man, definitely someone to look up to and I was honored to have known him. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
R.I.P. Mr Bailey, Heaven has definitely gained a wonderful man and angel.
Harold and Bonnie Buckner
Dec 30, 2018
Darrell will be sadly missed by the community and his friends. He was a great Chief Deputy and true friend. Praying for the family.
Sue Dell'Uomo
Dec 30, 2018
I loved you little cuz from the first time I laid my eyes on you...I often think of the times that I was part of your family...Rest in peace dear one in the arms of our Lord! Only wish I could have done something to help!
Mike Reed
Dec 30, 2018
I met this fine man in the 1980s when he taught my son to defend himself at his school in blew well i know he will be missed and i want to thank him for his service.
God bless the ones he left behind .
Eddie Brummett
Dec 30, 2018
He was a nice man and lpve his job but he is in heaven with hi mom and dad god blessed the family from Eddie and maryanna Brummett
Roscoe Boone
Dec 29, 2018
Rest in Peace, my Brother. I'll be seeing you some day. I'm praying for peace, comfort and understanding for Carrie and all the family. I will miss you dearly.