Robert Wesley Bailey Jr.


PRINCETON, WV - Robert Wesley Bailey Jr., 65, of Princeton formerly of McDowell County, died Friday evening, March 15, 2019 at his home with his loving family by his side.
Born June 22, 1953 at Bluefield, he is the son of Robert W. Bailey Sr. of Princeton and the late Ruth Irene Dills Bailey.
Robert was a graduate of Northfork High School. Robert had a long career in the coal industry starting with Eastern Gas Associates, Keystone #1 mines and retiring from Patriot Coal Mines in Boone as a Fire Boss. He was a member of the U.M.W.A.
While his health permitted, Robert was an active member of the Princeton Church of God, Oakvale Road, Princeton, where he served on various boards and committees. Robert enjoyed collecting of mine memorabilia, going to flea markets and antique shopping. He enjoyed reading & studying God's Word.
Robert was a pioneer in breaking the backlog of back lung benefits that was due coal miners, because of the toll it took on his own health, having had a double lung transplant, he served as an advocate for black lung benefits. He spoke before the U.S. Senate hearings in Washington D.C. as well in Utah. Robert received his transplant at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, VA.
The real love of Robert's life, his wife, children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of nearly 46 years, Brenda Lockhart Bailey, three children: Jennifer Denise Bailey Blankenship & husband Joe; Robert Bailey & wife Christie; Jason Lee Bailey & wife Sara. 9 grandchildren, Tyler Gruskievich & wife Jessee, Jacob Gruskievich, Megan Green, Breanna Bailey, Jordan Bailey, Maddie Law, Natalie Bailey, Liam Sandridge, Brady Bailey. One sister Carolyn Bailey Bragg & husband Ray. His special four-legged friend, Sadie May. A special thanks to the transplant team at Inova Fairfax Hospital Dr. Whitney Brown & Jessica Chun.
Services to celebrate the life of Robert W. Bailey Jr. will be held 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Princeton Church of God on the Oakvale Road, Princeton with Dr. Ray Hurt officiating. Entombment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
Friends may visit the family Monday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Princeton Church of God.
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Friends and church family will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Princeton Church of God, 250 Oakvale Road, Princeton WV 24740.
The Bailey family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Published on March 16, 2019
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Karen Hope (Bailey) Carbaugh
Mar 25, 2019
Jenn, Robbie, & Family,
So sorry for your loss. I have many memories of your dad. I didn't know him well but was always very fond of him. I pray for comfort for your mom and you all. God Bless! xoxo
paula price
Mar 20, 2019
it is with great sadness to see Robert has passed, I knew this precious family from rolfe Pentecostal church and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. there is great joy to know he awoke to the face of the father
Angie Hurt Ash
Mar 19, 2019
Terribly sorry for your loss. My prayers is with all the family.
Darlene Lusk!!!
Mar 18, 2019
Sorry for your loss!! God's blessing to all!!!
Virginia Hoge Williams
Mar 17, 2019
Thank you for all you did for Black Lung. My brother is a lung transplant patient from black lung. He is 68.. God Bless your family.. I am sorry for your loss...
Philip and Vicki Mason
Mar 17, 2019
Brenda and family...Robert was a good and Godly man. So sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort for you all.
Debbie connell
Mar 17, 2019
What an amazing witness his life was he glowed with the love and passion for god and his word,his family is a beautifull tribute to his life he will be missed but we rejoice knowing that he is finally home
Susie Edwards
Mar 17, 2019
Brenda & family, We're prayers for each family as you go through this difficult time. May the LORD give you HIS peace & comfort. Rejoicing that he's with JESUS, & sad he's no longer here on earth. Robert was loved by many & will be missed by everyone that knew him. Love you & your family.
Norman Parks
Mar 17, 2019
Prayers for the family
Rhonda Hicks
Mar 16, 2019
Brenda I know you're gonna miss Robert terribly but i know you know he'd happy And rejoicing in God's house right now ,!!! He was a good husband and Father to you and your children and grandchildren bug you all have some wonderful memories if 46 years loving each other through the years ,!!! I pray you find peace and comfort in the days ahead while you figure out what to do without him ,!!! Sadie May will help you through she's your little side kick ,!!! I love you very much !!!
Brenda & Brett Schuller
Mar 16, 2019
So sorry for you loss....thinking of your family during this difficult time
Robb & Tara Sexton
Mar 16, 2019
Robert truly was a great man. I grew up with his kids Jennifer, Robbie, & Jason at Maybeury Church of God. He was a kind & soft spoken person who would what he could to help anyone. God bless the family. May the lord bless & keep you all.
Patricia Hodges
Mar 16, 2019
Brenda, I am so sorry. I pray God sends the comfort only he can give at this time. You had a great man. I love you all.
Sheila Myers & Robert Ayscue
Mar 16, 2019
Heaven just received a great man of God. He was a great man, loving husband, wonderful father and grandfather. God bless my sister and his family in this time of grief. May God hold ya'll clise in this time.