The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


April 18, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday

April 19, 2012

George Carter Bailey

George Carter Bailey, 91, of Oak Hill, died April 16, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Aug. 12, 1920, at Coalwood, he was the son of the late James Richard and May Greene Bailey. Three brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.

George was a retired service manager having worked for Steen-Miller automobile dealership in Oak Hill.

He was a Christian and a member of the Jones Avenue First Church of God in Oak Hill.

A World War II U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Bailey proudly served aboard the destroyer the USS Radford in the Pacific Theater.

Surviving: his wife of 66 years, Gertrude Mae “Gertie” Colbaugh Bailey; daughter, Karen Bailey Blackmon of Swansboro, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at the Jones Avenue First Church of God in Oak Hill with Rev. Richard Bradley and Rev. Pat Franklin officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Margaret Mary Brown

Margaret Mary Brown, 87, of Lookout, died April 11, 2012, at Fayette Nursing and Rehab Center in Fayetteville after a long illness.åç

Born Aug. 24, 1924, in Rothwell, England, she was the daughter of the late John and Harriet Smith. Mary also was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jimmy, in 1999, whom she met and married in England during wartime in 1945; half brothers, twins Cyril and Arthur, and Jack; brothers, Anthony, Gordon, Roland, Donald, Reginald, and Vincent; her loving grandson, Jonathan Adams; and great-granddaughters, Krista Rae Harrell and Bethany Carol Adams.

Mary loved God first and she had a strong Christian faith that was paramount in her everyday life. She was a member of the Lookout Baptist Church for many years, where she taught children’s classes as well as the Adult Ladies Sunday School Class.

She also was a member of the Ladies Sewing Circle.

Mary loved her family, Christian music, flowers, and being a homemaker. She also had a beautiful singing voice that everyone loved to hear. Now she is singing with the angels in Heaven. To know her was to love her. She touched the lives of anyone she met.

Surviving: her sister, Joan Spitter of England; brother, Peter Smith of England; sons, Barry Brown and wife Dolly of Lookout, Pete Brown of Massillon, Ohio, Johnny Brown and wife Patty of Renick, and Jeff Brown of Lookout; daughters, Sandra Harrell and husband Hilbert of Lookout, Carol Adams and husband Tim of Corliss; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ruth Hollingsworth and Mildred Holcomb and husband Junior; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services to celebrate Mary’s life were April 14 at the Lookout Baptist Church with Pastor David Bennett officiating. Burial followed in the Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

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