richard bails
Richard L. Bails, 79, of Weirton, died Thursday, December 17, 2009, at the Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. Born on September 3, 1930 in Weirton, WV, Richard was a son of the late Dr. E.L. and Lillian (Hubbard) Bails. With over 29 years of service, Richard retired from Weirton Steel Corporation where he worked in the railroad transportation department. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was twice past president and treasurer of the Weirton Lions Club, where he received the Lion's most prestigious award "The Leonard Jared Award." Richard also served on the Lion's Club Eye Conservation Committee. An avid sportsman, who loved to bowl and golf, Richard was a member of the Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton Steel 25 Year Club, American Legion Post 10, B.P.O.E. 1801, the Pleasant Valley Country Club, A.A.R.P., and a life member of the V.F.W. 2716. Richard is survived by his wife, Shirley Lightner Bails, a son Larry Bails and his wife, Sandie of Weirton, WV; a daughter Debra Bails Parker and her husband, Buck of Cross Lanes, WV; one brother, Jack H. Bails of Yuma, AZ; one sister, Bernadine Harris of Bethlehem, WV; three grandchildren, Zak Bails, Jeff and Megan Parker; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Saturday, and 1-3 and 6-8 P.M. Sunday, at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main St. Weirton, WV, where funeral services will be held 11 AM Monday, with Rev. Dr. Ed Rudiger, officiating. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton, where military services will be conducted by the American Legion Firing Squad and The West Virginia Honor Guard. A Lion's Club memorial service will be conducted 1 PM Sunday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Weirton Lions Club, 3534 Williams Drive, Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes and memories at

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  1. Larry, Sandie & Zak, We are so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Bill & Tink

  2. Aunt Shirley, Larry and Sandy, Debbie and Buck, and Zack, Megan and Jeff: We’re so sorry and share in your time of sadness. Please know we are praying for you all. Love, Jim and clan

  3. Richard was good friends with Kenny’s father, Ed. He was always happy and had wonderful things to say about everyone. It’s a sad day for the Bails’ family. He’s in heaven with Ed twisting each others tails. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Aunt Shirley, Larry & Sandy, Debi & Buck, Zak, Megan and Jeff: Know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Uncle Rich has left us with many wonderful memories, stories and fun times together. Love you guys, Jeb & Judy

  5. Aunt Shirley, Larry & Sandy, Debi & Buck, Zak, Megan and Jeff The Tyson family sends much love to all of you in this time of sadness and grief. Like my dad, Uncle Rich was a man like no other. One you could not help but to admire and enjoy. He always had such an air about him. His love of life always shone through! God bless his heart. A man of stature and deeply missed. Many days have gone by since we last spoke but the admiration and respect have always remained. Love you Uncle Rich! See you in Heaven one day. That I am sure of! Kathy

  6. Larry, Been over 30 years since ive seen you my friend. I am in town for Bill Mathews’ funeral and will see you Saturday night. Take care and much love my brother. Scott

  7. Dear Shirley and Family, I was so sadden to hear of Richard’s passing. My deepest sympathies to you all. I always thought he was a joy to be around as you are Shirley. I know you all will miss him dearly. My prayers are with you. Sincerely, Roberta

  8. This is my brother who just passed away. He was the greatest brother anyone could have. When I gratuated from WLU and he came back from the Korean War we lived back at home again as adults. We ran around together and had the most fun. I never had a sister but I have two wonderful. Thank you Lord for my two brothers.When he made a friend they kept him because they knew what a treasure they had. I wanted you to know about my brother. I love you Richard and you will be missed. He and Jack, my husband, are sharing their stories in heaven now. Our families have lost one of the brightest lights in our family. He always called me Bern. He was the only one who called me this. I will always miss you. I love you, Bern …………………..I

  9. Dear Shirley and family, I am so saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. Please know that you are all in my prayers. Dick and I were in the Lions Club together. There will be a lot of people that will miss him. Sleep my brother and peace be with you.

  10. I am so sorry for your loss. I am Martha Millikens sister and I remember that you were good friends. Be strong, Shirley and take care. Memories are precious.

  11. Dear Shirley, I’m so very very sorry to hear about your husband. I know your heart is aching -wish I knew magic words of peace that could soften the hurt – Prayers are with you. Pat

  12. Shirley, Bob and I were looking at Greco’s site and saw Dick’s obituary. We send you our love and realize how difficult this must be especially at this time of year. Ferg and Dick had some good times together! If you find the time, I’d love to hear from you. My phone number is 505-299-1704.

  13. Today would have been my brother’s birthday. This is a very sad day for me since this is his first birthday after his death. You are so missed. I sang happy birthday to you. Even though your life has passed the happiness, the joy you shared–my memories of you will always last. I think of you every day. Love and miss you my special, dear brother. September 3, 2010 Your sister, Bern

  14. My dear brother, Richard. It has been one year ago today that you have gone to live in heaven. Your parting has left a void in our family but we are filling it with remembered joy of all the love, support and great stories you have told us through the years. The friendship we have shared and the fun we have had together. I lift up my heart to share with you. God wanted you now, He set you free. I miss you my dear brother. I send you my love. Bern

  15. Today is my brother’s birthday. He loved celebrating his birthday. Your were the salt of the earth, dear brother. His love of fun and conceern was for others. His motives were pure. I am thinking of you and the fun we had together. I talked to our brother and we shared our love and how much we miss you. You were one of God’s good creations. Love and miss you, your sister, Bernadene

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