Raymond C. Bailey

MANSFIELD CENTER, Conn. Raymond C. Bailey of Mansfield Center, son of the late Cleve and Mabel (O'Brien) Bailey went peacefully home to his heavenly family on Monday, Jan. 16, 2006 after a long illness with Black Lung.

He was born May 28, 1916 in McComas, and worked in the coal mines for many years before moving to Connecticut in 1960. He worked at Kaman Aircraft for a short time and then worked for the University of Connecticut as a boiler tender until he retired in 1979. He proudly served in the Army's 12th Armored Division in Europe during World War II. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Mansfield.

He was predeceased by his wife: Ruth (Lawless) Bailey and three sons: Raymond E., R. Carson and Robert Lee and also the following brothers and sisters: Leonard, Clinton, Bernard, Ulysses, Delmar, David, Zelma Settle, Mamie Taylor, Dora Baldwin, Pat Sadtler and Frances Bailey.

He is survived by a son: Dennis and his wife Sandra of Mansfield Center; granddaughters: Karen Bailey of Mansfield Center and Elizabeth Bailey of Willimantic, Conn.; a great granddaughter: Elyse Macha of Mansfield Center; three brothers and sisters-in-law: William and Lucy Bailey of Palatka, Fla., Kenneth and Betty Bailey of Cassa Grande, Ariz., Marvin and Annette Bailey of Ward, Ark.; two sisters: Bonnie Hodge of Rocky Gap, Va., Bridget Morrow of Fredericksburg, Va.; many nieces and nephews.

He was liked by all who met him and especially by his church community for his generosity and kind and gentle ways. He was a role model for many of us and will be sorely missed by all. He was given excellent care by the staff who served him from VNA East, hospice of Mansfield and the volunteers.

His family will receive friends at the Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St., Rte. 195, Willimantic on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Mansfield, 945 Storrs Rd., (Rte. 195) Storrs, Conn. Burial will follow in the Mansfield Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the First Baptist Church of Mansfield, 945 Storrs Rd., Storrs, CT 06268 or to Hospice-VNA East, 34 Ledgebrook Dr., Mansfield Center, CT 06250.