Willard Thomas Bailey, 95, of Phenix, VA departed for his heavenly home on March 21, 2021, with family members by his side.  Bill was born in Cullen, VA on February 6,1926 and was the son of the late Otis Thomas and Emma Jane Bailey. He was preceded in death by his sister Frances B. Berkley.  Bill is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie Bailey of over 70 years, and was the proud father of two children. Walter T Bailey (Collette) of Phenix, VA and Christie Bailey (Michael) of Keysville, VA. Grandchildren, Lisa (Patrick), Heather (Dion), Cody (Cheyenne), Julie, Catherine and Carrington. He also had 5 great grandchildren that he enjoyed seeing.

Bill was a devoted employee of Kyanite Mining for over 40 years. He loved his Kyanite family and retired as Superintendent of Operations. After his retirement from Kyanite, he spent the next 20 years helping in his son Walt’s, Mobile Home Business. He was a charter member of the Phenix Volunteer Fire Department and a lifelong member of Phenix Presbyterian Church. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in the Rough Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery.  Public viewing and visitation will be from 10 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.  In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Phenix Volunteer Fire Department.  The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA is in charge of the arrangements.


Condolence Messages

  1. Nancy Cook

    22 March 2021 3 years ago

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  2. Faye Shumaker

    22 March 2021 3 years ago

    I had the privilege of working with him for many years at KMC. He was a great employee and a kind and good man. I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Preston Crawford (doc)

    23 March 2021 3 years ago

    Sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my prayers.

  4. Pete Kirby

    24 March 2021 3 years ago

    Walt, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. It seems your dad had a long and beautiful life, and I pray that the Lord blesses his soul so that we may all get that chance to see him again at the appointed hour. I will be unable to join you for his services, but please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    – Pete Kirby, Virginia State Firefighters Association

  5. Brenda Driskill

    24 March 2021 3 years ago

    With our deepest sympathy to all family and friends for comfort and peace during this difficult time. May you always cherish the many memories.
    Roger & Brenda Driskill

  6. Stephanie Koren, VSFB

    24 March 2021 3 years ago

    Walt, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! It is difficult to know what to say just now except that you’re thought of in sympathy and friendship.

  7. Travis Rickman

    24 March 2021 3 years ago

    Walt I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. I hope you and your family can find comfort in one another during this difficult time. Although I did not know your father he must have been one fine man to have raised such a caring and giving son. Thank you fo all that you do and know that I am here to help in anyway possible.

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