Hard working hands are laid to rest, and a golden heart stopped beating as Clyde Myron “Red” Bailey, 61, of Smithville, passed away suddenly after a brief illness on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. He was under the compassionate care of United Hospital Center in Bridgeport and surrounded by loving wife and daughters.

He was born in Weston on August 23, 1958, a son of Sylvia Gordon Bailey of Smithville and the late Clyde Marling Bailey.

On July 28, 1984, he married the love of his life, Sherry Lee Grant Bailey. They had their own special bond and would often finish each other sentences. Myron and Sherry enjoyed 35 wonderful years of marriage.

Myron graduated from Gilmer County High School. He was a third-generation farmer who still lived on the family farm where he raised beef cattle with his wife and family. Myron was also a businessowner, with his brothers, of Bailey Brothers Feed and Farm Supply in Burnt House, a business started by his late father. He was a supporter of the local 4-H, FFA and advocate for all agriculture. Myron was the Ritchie County Democrat Executive Committee Chairman and a member of the Economic Development Authority. He especially treasured the time he spent with his grandsons and Lacey A. Banks, his beloved Blue Heeler. Although it started as a chore, Myron loved helping his wife with her honeybees and became an amateur beekeeper. His family is thankful for his life but take comfort in knowing he has transitioned on to more blissful pastures where he can care for them all from afar.

Fond memories will forever be held with Myron's mother, Sylvia; wife, Sherry; two daughters: Courtney Melissa Reed and husband, William, of Bentleyville, PA, and Caitlin Myra Bailey and husband, Jerod Duelley, of Harrisville, one step-son, Adam D. Putnam and wife, Jennifer, of Huber Heights, OH; two grandchildren: Beau Ryan Reed and Cooper Davis Reed; one sister, Marty Bias, of Smithville, two brothers, C. Mark Bailey and wife, Connie, and C. Monroe Bailey and wife, Daisy, all of Cox Mills, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

His father, one sister, Celaine Riddle, and one brother-in-law, Charlie Bias, preceded Myron in death.

Your labor is done, your home now is heaven; no more must you wait. Your legacy lives on, your love of the land, and we will close the gate.

Myron's request for cremation has been honored and a private service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to Ritchie County Youth Livestock Association In care of Ritchie County Extension Office 1608 E. Main St. Harrisville, WV 26362.

We, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Clyde Myron “Red” Bailey. Online condolences may be expressed at www.PatBoyle FuneralHome.com.

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