William Orville Bailey Sr., 84, of Frankford, Del., passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1932, in Saxis Island, Va., a son of the late Herman Bailey Sr. and Ella Blanche (Linton) Bailey.
He was a waterman for most of his life, until moving to Salisbury, Md., in 1969. He was one of the first men to break ground in Ocean Pines, Md. He then moved to Delaware in 1977, establishing Bailey’s Seafood in Frankford. He enjoyed seeing and sharing stories with all of his friends and customers on a daily basis. He also enjoyed visiting yard sales and thrift stores.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy Wayne Bailey, Teagle Merril Bailey, Herman Bailey Jr., Frank Jerome Bailey Sr. and Lodie Lee Bailey. Bailey is survived by two brothers, Tim Bailey of Pennsylvania and Jimmy Bailey of Exmore, Va.; his wife of 61 years, Gracie Parks Bailey; six daughters, Penny Bailey Lewis and her husband, James Lewis Sr., of Frankford, Kim Bailey Brewington and her husband, Eddie Brewington III, of Dagsboro, Del., Betty Grace Bailey Eskridge and her husband, Mike, of Bridgeville, Del., Lillian Bailey and her husband, Tommy, of Frankford, Cheryl Bailey Workman and her husband, Dennis, of Frankford, and Marybeth Bailey Dear and her husband, Dorsey Dear Jr., of Frankford; a son, William O. “Bud” Bailey Jr. of Frankford; grandchildren Jamie Lewis Jr., Kelly Lewis, Ashleigh Lewis, Heather Hudson, George Brewington IV, Heaven Howard, Robbie Howard, Jordan Workman Sr., Megan Workman, Dorsey Dear III, William Joshua Dear, William O. “Bill” Bailey III and Zachary Bailey; 18 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many friends, including one dear friend who was like a brother, J. Everette Moore, and two other close friends, Harold and Dot Cogill.
Services were scheduled for Jan. 12, 2017, at Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, Del. Interment was to follow in St. George’s Cemetery in Clarksville, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.