(From 1940 Coal Mining Photograph)
Elmer “Buster” Bailey:
Elmer "Buster" Bailey was born in Mercer, West Virginia, United States on 14 Nov 1905 to Alexander L. "Alex" Bailey and Lucinda Taylor. He passed away on 25 Mar 1972 in Elkhart, Indiana.
Elmer "Buster"Bailey married Edna Duncan and had 5 children. He later married Mildred Lee Brown Bailey who still resided in Elkhart, Indiana as of 2020. They had two sons; Marshall Bailey and Darrell Ray Bailey . Darrell was a BHS 1969 graduate and served in the Vietnam War. Mildred Bailey died on Aug. 28, 2021 in Elkhart, Indaina. She would have turned 100 years old on October 25, 2021.
Mildred Lee Brown Bailey.Mildred Lee Brown Bailey, 99, of Elkhart, Indiana, passed away on Aug. 28, 2021. Mildred was born on Oct. 25, 1921, in Norfolk, Virginia, the daughter of the late Mary Cook Hughes, and the late Thomas H. Hughes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Buster Bailey of Goodwill, West Virginia. Mildred was the devoted mother of two sons, four daughters and three stepchildren. Stepchildren Dickie Bailey, Carol Sue Lessor and Bobby Bailey, and daughters Shelia Riggs Dillon and Janice Riggs Hume, and Darrell Bailey all preceded Mildred in death. Surviving children are Marshall (Jean) Bailey of Elkhart, Debra (Greg) Murphy of Tallahassee, Florida, and Elizabeth (Rick) Lyndon of Zionsville, Indiana. Mildred was the grandmother of 16 much loved grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Mildred lived in Goodwill and Bramwell, West Virginia, until 1969 when she and Buster relocated to Elkhart. She was a long time employee of Accra Pac in Elkhart. Mildred's last generous act was donating her body to Indiana University for medical research. The family was looking forward to celebrating Mildred's 100th birthday in October but it was not to be. Instead the family will be celebrating her life at a memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Bramwell Presbyterian Church in Bramwell, West Virginia, with Harold Goins officiating.
Not listed above: Marshall Bailey, Elkhart, Indiana