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Arlene Daniel Bailey

March 26, 1930 - September 9, 2021

Arlene Daniel Bailey, 91, was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

She was born to Ollie Mae and John Daniel on March 26, 1930. She married her high school sweetheart, Calvin W. Bailey on December 26, 1949. They were married 64 years before his passing in 2012.

She is survived by her three children, Bonnie Gunter of Concord (Charlie), Brad Bailey of Lynchburg and Stacey James of Washington, DC; five grandchildren, Jennifer Jennings (John) of Charlottesville, Chad Gunter (Jeni) of Concord, Ace Bailey of Appomattox, Wynn Bailey of Appomattox and Bethany Kearney of Washington, DC; two-great-grandchildren, Grace Forester of Charlottesville and Barrett Gunter of Concord.

Arlene played the organ at New Chapel Baptist Church and was employed by the Christian Book Shop for many years, where she used her talent of decorating to design beautiful display cases. Her love of décor and design were acknowledged annually by the Rustburg Garden Club’s Christmas decorating contest.

She selflessly gave many years of her life as a caregiver to her husband who had a stroke when the youngest child was a toddler as well as in later years caring for mother.

For the past eight years, she resided at Bentley Commons where she elicited smiles from all of those around her. She continued her passion for decorating by jazzing up her walker and door each holiday and season. She courageously remained independent during the pandemic, until earlier this year where she succumbed to the effects of Congestive Heart Failure and moved to Liberty Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center.  She continued to make friends and bring joy to entire staff who served her.

Her children would like to especially thank Liberty Ridge staff members, Karen, R.N., and CNA’s, Kim and Mike and Lauren at Centra Hospice, for their excellent care and compassion.

Throughout her life, Arlene has modeled superb strength, determination and loyalty to her family. It is with great love and affection that we will celebrate her life at a graveside service at New Chapel Baptist Church in Rustburg at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Tharp Funeral Home & crematory is assisting the family.


Throughout her life, Arlene has modeled superb strength, determination and loyalty to her family. It is with great love and affection that we will celebrate her life at a graveside service at New Chapel Baptist Church in Rustburg at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

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Sorry for your loss. A mother is always dear to ones heart.

Posted by Judy Grindstaff on September 19, 2021

Mrs Bailey, it was a pleasure to get to meet you during our visit to Bonnie and Charlie’s. You took your trip to heaven on my mother’s birthday, I’m sure she was at the gate to greet you and you’re best friends by now. Nothing but time will heal the heartbreak of your passing. Rest assured that Bonnie and Charlie’s Camelot family, including Holly and Larry, will do our best to support them and ease their grief. Knowing you’re free of pain and with God brings much comfort.

Posted by Peggy on September 11, 2021

Bonnie and family, so sorry about your Mom's homegoing. I know she will be greatly missed. May God give you comfort and peace at this sorrowful time. Keeping you all in my prayers. Georgia

Posted by GEORGIA V. Shull on September 11, 2021

My condolences to you Brad and family. You all are in our prayers.

Posted by Rodney Clark on September 11, 2021

I am sad at this news. My mother, Jean Graham, and Arlene were good friends at Bentley Commons and in turn I felt Arlene was a friend of mine as well. We would sit and talk at dinners, play games and warm by the fireplace. She meant so much to my mother. Arlene adored her family and you did her as wel. I’ve thought of her often. Now I send my heartfelt prayers to all of you.

Posted by Taryn Thomas on September 11, 2021

I've written too many drafts trying to find words to ease the pain of your loss. None seem to convey the words well enough. To Stacey, my heart aches for you, I feel like I knew your mom through you. I'm sorry I never got to meet her,. To your family, I grieve and pray for you. I pray that she found peace and comfort, and that you all remember her the most find ways.

Posted by Ed Avella on September 11, 2021

We send our love and sympathy to you, Stacy,Brad,and Bonnie. Arlene and Calvin were our close neighbors and we enjoyed getting to know both of them They made us feel comfortable in our move from Ohio, and we valued them as good and trusted neighbors. We are sorry for your loss of your mother, may your good memories of her comfort you now and in the future.. Christian love from your old neighbors. Tom and Linda Smith.

Posted by Tom and Linda Smith on September 10, 2021

Bonnie, my thoughts and prayers are with you all tonight. I feel as though I knew your mom from all of the conversations we have had about her over the years. Please give my love to Charlie, Chad, Jennifer, Stacey, and Brad. I know this is going to be a difficult time for all of you, but our God is still good and HE is able. Love you my sweet friend.

Posted by Eleita Dunlap Kinard on September 10, 2021

Dear Bonni, Jennifer, and family, Please except my sincere condolences on the loss of your sweet mother/grandmother. Prayers of comfort and strength to all as you navigate through this time in your live together. Much Love, Christy

Posted by Christy Germain on September 10, 2021

Dear Bonnie, Brad and Stacey and your respective families, It's with sadness we express our condolences to you and your families after the loss of your mother, Arlene. We had the privilege of being neighbors since our parents move to Rustburg in 1979. Mr. and Mrs. Bailey were kind and caring neighbors and parents. We pray you find comfort in God's love and promise of a better future soon to come.

Posted by Michael and Noemi Smith on September 10, 2021

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