On July 28, 2022 at St. Francis hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Wilbur Bailey Brothers, 89, formerly of Hopkins County, Kentucky, surrounded by his family, finished his earthly journey and went to his heavenly home. Bailey was born on March 28, 1933, in White Plains, Kentucky to Francis Browning, and Ina Whitfield Brothers.
Bailey married Doris Christine Crick on November 9, 1951 and have celebrated over 70 years of marriage. Bailey graduated from Nortonville High School in 1951. He served in the Army as a Tank Commander during the Korean War, and after his discharge from the Army began a career in the Coal Mines of Western Kentucky. Bailey worked 37 years in the underground mines as a mechanic, electrician and as a Maintenance Forman. He was a dedicated Christian man, serving in his local church through the years as a Deacon, Song Leader, Sunday School Teacher, which he did up into his early 80’s, and mentor/advisor to many young men.
He is survived by his wife Doris, his two sons, Gary (Rose) Brothers of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Faron (Lynn) Brothers of Madisonville, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Joe) Carden of Huntsville, Alabama; Julie (David) Urzi of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Russell (Bel) Brothers of Madisonville, Kentucky; Aaron Brothers of Manitou, Kentucky; and 9 great-grandchildren, 2 nephews and 3 nieces, and several other family members.
Bailey is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters; Bessie Basham, Eulah Prowse, and Beulah Fox.
Visitation will be at Bandy Funeral Home in Nortonville, Kentucky on August 6, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Funeral will follow at 1:00 pm with the Reverend Gary Brothers officiating. Burial will be at New Salem Cemetery in Nortonville.