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Belvin Bernard Bailey, Sr.


Sunrise: March 16, 1930

Sunset: November 24, 2022

Belvin Bernard Bailey, Sr., our beloved father, grandfather, and family patriarch departed this life at the age of 92 on November 24, 2022. He was surrounded by his family at home. Belvin was born to the late James Caleb Bailey and Virginia Godfrey Bailey in Norfolk County, Virginia. He was married to the late Ada L. Bailey (affectionately known as “Doll Baby”) for 46 years until her death. In addition to his wife and parents, he is predeceased by his son, Belvin Bernard Bailey, Jr.; two stepmothers; a brother, Joseph C Bailey; two sisters, Ethel Powell and Shirley Ford. His Christian journey began at an early age at New Willow Grove Baptist Church. Throughout the years, Belvin served in many capacities at the church including teaching Sunday school and singing with NWGBC Senior Choir. In October 2000, he became a Deacon at the church. His favorite scripture was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Belvin was educated at Providence School in Norfolk County, VA. He worked at the Norfolk Naval Air Station as an aircraft handler for many years. He continued his employment at Weyerhaeuser as a lead machinist, retiring in the early nineties and then enjoying 25+ years as a retiree doing the things that brought him joy. One of his all time favorite pastimes was fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with his friends and fishing buddies, cycling and watching sports with his sons-in-law, and at the age of 92, he was still riding his spinner bike 30 minutes per day. During his life, Belvin exhibited great physical strength and was also very strong willed. He was wise, noble and a man of faith. Most of all, Belvin loved his family. He leaves to cherish his memory four daughters, Gloria Sutton (Gidwood Jr.), Rebecca Newby, Phyllis Hinton (Glenn) and Patrice Bailey-Pugh (Arnell) all of Chesapeake, VA; three sons, James Bailey of Decatur, GA, Olando Bailey, Sr. of Lillington, NC, and Timmie Gills (Leslie) of Okinawa, Japan; one brother in law, Sterling Mills (Virginia) of Chesapeake, VA; eleven grandchildren, Nikki (Jason), Christopher, Caress, Cy Sr., Jennifer, Olando Jr., “OJ” (Charmaigne), Chelsea (Vincent), Trevian, Lauryn, Marcela, Timmie II “T2”; fifteen great grandchildren, Bailey, Blake, Maddison, Mackenzie, Brian, Briana (Shawn), Gabrielle, My’Kel, Jade, Cy Jr., Celeste, Javon, Cameron, Journee, Alayah; one great great grandchild, Raven; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Viewing Sunday, December 4, 2022 12 Noon - 4:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Monday, December 5, 2022 1:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Willie Jamison says

    Regenia and I would want to offer our heartfelt sorrow for the loss of your loved one. We pray that God will provide you with the required strength to weather this storm.

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    James A Bailey says

    “I will always love you”, your son,
    James, Anthony Bailey (BB)

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      Celestine Powell McCall, (Niece) says

      Much comfort and love to my family. Uncle Belvin was my last biological uncle. I’m so thankful that I was able to visit him in person on his 92nd Birthday this year. As he didn’t get out often, he made time to telephone us, and always said how much he loved us.
      Uncle Belvin will truly be missed.

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      Brenda Hayes says

      My condolences to the family during this time of sorrow

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    Linda Clark says

    The Bailey family, we honor the reign of your King Belvin. His magnificence is felt throughout the land. James Bailey Jr ❤️ wears the honor well. From our hearts to your souls …. we feel the REIGN … IT. IS. WELL.. GOD BLESS 🙌 YOU ALL BOUNTIFULLY – LOVE THE CLARKS.

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    Jesus says

    I am so sorry to learn about your loved one’s passing. I know you must be devastated, but I wanted you to know I am keeping you in my thoughts. I’m so sorry for your loss

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      Barbara Halsey says

      Am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Bailey. Praying for the family at this difficult time. Deepest sympathy Barbara Nixon Halsey and Family

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    Brenda says

    Dear God, bless James and his family with peace. Touch that they bind together even tighter and closer. Move through friends and loved ones to reflect love and support. God bless you.

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    Dr. James & Pauline Bailey says

    May memories and the love of family and friends surround you all, to give strength, courage through faith, hope and love during this time. Uncle Belvin was a bridge for many between the Bailey Family with his acts and works. You all have our condolences. Peace be with you.

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      Ginger Jackson says

      JB I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family. May your father rest in peace. May God and the Ancestors welcome your father home. Peace be unto you and your family. Peace and Love

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    Edna Skinner says

    On behalf of Edna Skinner and family, we pray strength, peace and wholeness for the entire Bailey family and those who loved him.

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    Stella Jefferson Smith says

    To my cousins ,condolences for your loss, we have great memories of life with him and aunt Ada, will not be with you at funeral but my heart will be there ,I love you all and know that God’s got you all in his care Bunnie

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    Loretta Barnard says

    To the family, friends, and love ones: May God continuously bless and comfort you all during this time.

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