VALLEY BEND — Ralph Leslie Bailey, 93, a resident of Helvetia, passed from this life Saturday afternoon, April 20, 2013, at home.
Ralph was born Sunday, Oct. 5, 1919 in Czar, a son of the late Orel Leslie Bailey and Stacie Freda Koon Bailey.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet Lorraine Zirkle Bailey.
Left to cherish his memory are six children: Jewel Jessmer and husband Ed of Alliance, Ohio, Sherrel Bailey and wife Charity, Darrell Bailey, all of Helvetia, Ranaee Janis and husband Rick, of Chapin, S.C., Crystal Summers and husband, Scott, of Cartersville, Ga., Anthony Bailey and fiancé April of Buckhannon, 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Ralph was preceded in death by two children, Terrance Bailey and Victoria Mills, and one sister, Velna Golden.
Ralph attended the schools of Randolph County, and had worked as a logger for Dick Benson Logging. He enjoyed working on the farm, bird watching, the many animals around the farm, and gardening. He was a Protestant by faith and retired from his work in the ministry where he proudly shared God’s word. Although he was not affiliated with a specific church, during the 1950s he would travel the countryside setting up his tent and ministering to all those in need of God’s healing word.
Visitation was held from the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 5 until 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held from the funeral home chapel today, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 11 a.m.
The Reverend Randy Long will officiate and interment will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery at Helvetia. The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Ralph Leslie Bailey. Send online condolences to the family at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com.