John M. Bailey, Jr.

Sunrise: November 29, 1947

Sunset: September 7, 2022

Celebrating the life and legacy of John M. Bailey, Jr.who departed this life on September 7, 2022. He was the beloved husband of Lorraine S. Bailey of 54 years and father of John M. Bailey, III, Christopher M. Bailey, and Nykia J. Bailey. He was born to the parents of John Bailey, Sr. and Rebecca Brooks on November 11, 1947 in Norfolk, VA.


John graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1966 and enlisted in the US Marine Corps during his senior year of high school. John was a Vietnam War Veteran and lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) for Chesapeake, VA. John served until 1984 and gave 36 years of loyal service to Norfolk Naval Shipyard, as a General Foreman Pipefitter. After serving in the Marine Corps, John went on to become a Chaplain for his local Marine Corps League– Detachment 853. He dedicated his life to showing people the love of Christ by serving his country and community. In 2018, John was awarded the Community Builders Award, in recognition of outstanding service to the community. He was also the recipient of the Legion of Honor Award- “The Chapel of four Chaplains.”


John leaves to cherish his precious memories: his devoted wife, Lorraine S. Bailey, his loving children: John M. Bailey, III (Tunisa), Christopher M. Bailey (Candace), and Nykia J. Bailey; brothers: William Bailey, III and Clarence Taylor (Joan); sister, Cynthia Taylor; and a host of grandchildren and nephews.  He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

Viewing Friday, September 16, 2022 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH LIVE ONLINE Saturday, September 17, 2022 12 Noon Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Henry Jenkins, Team Lead Rosemont Day Committee says

    Just want to offer my condolence to the family of John M. Bailey. He was a good person who would work with you to complete the task. John was a former resident of the Rosemont community. He was active in the Rosemont Day reunion celebration. We could count on him to take part in the church service program such as the reading of the Holy Scripture. John would also provide food supplies for the dinner. He will be greatly missed.

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    Willie Ducre says

    So sorry for your loss. Sarge Bailey and I worked together for many years. Great person and very proud Marine. May he rest in heaven. You have earned your wings my brother now go and receive your just reward.

    WIllie Duke Ducre

    Code 960

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    Wanda Williams says

    I have been knowing Mr. Bailey for many years he was a patient at the doctor office I work for I will miss talking to him because he always had a positive attitude.
    About 2 years ago I met his wife Ms.Bailey and I really enjoyed talking to her . PRAYING FOR HIS WIFE AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS !!

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    Sondra Bailey Holmes & Vondra Bailey Selden says

    Lorraine and Family, thoughts and prayers are with you. Johnny was more to us than just our cousin. He was our Big Brother and our Special Friend.
    We will remember the care packages, pictures, cards and letters that his Grandma Sarah (our mom) would joyfully send to him during his deployment.
    We will miss the text messages, phone calls, notes left on the door, seeing him at the Rosemont Reunions and so much more.
    Johnny will live on in the stories that you continue to share with others.

    Johnny has taken his place of Honor!!!
    Rest Our Brother!

    The Bailey Twins,
    Sondra and Vondra

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    David Baker says

    To the family, please accept my sincere condolences. I worked with “Gunny” at NNSY. I saw Gunny getting gas at the 7/11 a couple months back and spent some time talking with him and catching up. I know he will be missed. Once again, I’m so sorry for your loss. “Once a Marine, Always a Marine”. Rest in peace Gunny.

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    Gladys Gray says

    Lorraine & Family, I’m so sorry & hurt to hear of John’s passing. John was a very kind, loving,God fearing man. He loved his family. He stood tall. Oh, What a Gentleman. He showed respect to everyone. He was a wonderful friend. I’m praying God will always keep Lorraine & his family in his tender loving care. You are in my prayers. God Bless All of You.

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