Nelson “Buster” Randolph Bailey, Jr., age 59, of Keysville, VA passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2023.  He was preceded in death by his father, Nelson R. Bailey, Sr.; and his sister, Becky Faye Porter.

Buster is survived by his daughter, Ashley Witt; two grandchildren, Alivia Clark and Lee Witt; his mother, Ida Puckett Folz; two brothers, John Bailey and Paul Bailey; one sister, Kathy Bailey Bixler; four cousins, Judy, Janice, Serene, Cathy and Timmy; and numerous other family members.

Buster enjoyed the outdoors especially fishing, he also made the best banana nut bread around.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, October 20, 2023, in Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Keysville, with interment to follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA is in charge of arrangements.

Condolence Messages

  1. Susanna Baker

    17 October 2023 4 months ago

    Anyone who knew Buster loved him! There is an empty place in our hearts but he has now reached his heavenly home. He is sure to be singing and spreading joy. Our loss is Gods gain. Until we meet again love you dear friend.

  2. Janet King

    17 October 2023 4 months ago

    Buster had a big heart, a good heart. He would give the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was a hard worker and he loved to laugh and see others laughing. He will be so missed by so many. I will be praying for his family to find comfort in their memories in the coming days.

  3. Terri Covington

    17 October 2023 4 months ago

    I went to school with Buster. He was a great guy! Praying for his family during this difficult time

  4. MARK ANTHONY FEARS

    18 October 2023 4 months ago

    PRAYERS

  5. John Henry and Janice Noblin

    18 October 2023 4 months ago

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Buster he was really a sweet and loving guy he always confront you with a big smile vand ask how you doing may God bless the family and be with you all during this difficult time

  6. Barbara Armentrout

    18 October 2023 4 months ago

    I miss “How you Sunshine”. I got to know Buster at CLF. He was one of a kind and that’s a compliment. His other line was “I getting out of this place and going fishing”. I pray he gets a special fishing pole and is fishing with God. I miss you my friend.

  7. Donna McCraw

    19 October 2023 4 months ago

    We all loved Buster here in Abilene. Buster had a smile bi
    get than life and will be missed! We express our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends. We rejoice in the knowledge that Buster is counted amongst God’s children and that we will see him again when the Lord returns!

  8. Shirley Lawrence

    19 October 2023 4 months ago

    Buster Bear, my old friend, I never left your presence without a good laugh and a big hug. I am sure you are meeting up with your old Rice buddies with big hugs and lots of laughter. Thank you for all the fun memories of years gone by. Fly high!

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