James H. Bailey, Sr. 74, of Virginia Beach, VA passed on to his heavenly home on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, after a brief illness.
James was born in Norfolk, VA on July 5, 1946, to the late John R. and Juanita Bailey. James was married for 50 years to the love of his life, Becky Chittum of Suffolk, VA. He graduated from Frank W. Cox High School in 1965. In the same year, he joined the United States Army serving overseas in many different locations.
After honorably serving his country, James embarked on a new career at Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock in Norfolk, VA. While working at NS&D, James received various accolades including completing a 4 year Apprenticeship Program and a 30 year Ring of Service prior to retiring after 44 years of dedicated service.
James enjoyed fishing with family and friends. He enjoyed deer hunting and was a lifetime fellowship member of Roger’s Deer Club. He also enjoyed treasure hunting on the beach and collecting baseball cards.
James is survived by his wife, Becky; daughter, Dawn; son, James Jr. (Leighann); grandchildren, Alexis, Buddy, Tony and Bella; brother-in-laws, Burt Chittum (Frances), Ronald Chittum (Sheila) and Jerry Cutchin; as well as family friends, Beetle (Marlene) and Lee Jay (Terry).
A Memorial Service with Military Honors will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 1:30pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.