Freal "Buck" Bailey

August 15, 1939 - March 8, 2019

Freal “Buck” R. Bailey, 79, of Salem, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Buck was a long time member of Bethel Baptist Church where he served as an usher, and was a member of the Baptist Men and Agape Sunday School class. He retired from the Kroger Company following 32 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Virginia Bailey, a sister Betty Childress, and special sister-in-law, Karen Howery.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nita Howery Bailey; son, James Bailey; grandsons, Tyler and Devin Bailey; great-granddaughter, Nova Bailey; his sister, Patricia Correll and husband Larry, and his special canine friend, Jazzie.

A special word of thanks with love to Buck’s caregivers, Amanda, Jimmy and Tyler.

A memorial service will be held at 2PM, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Hilton Jeffreys officiating. The famiy will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund 1601 Colorado St. Salem, VA 24153 or to Good Samaritan Hospice 2408 Electric Rd. Roanoke, VA 24018. An online guest book is available for family and friends by visiting