Ralph Deel, 70

Ralph Deel, 70 of Haysi, VA passed away Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at his residence. Ralph was a member and deacon of Emmanuel Old Regular Baptist Church for years. Ralph was born November 10, 1946 in Royal City, VA to Ralph Percy (Evelyn) Deel of Vansant, VA and the late Florence Helen Blankenship Deel. Besides his mother, Ralph was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ezekiel & Rebecca Blankenship, paternal grandparents, Willoughby & Bessie Deel; nephew, Michael Edwards and several aunts & uncles. Ralph is survived by his wife, Sarah Catherine “Cathy” Bailey Deel of Haysi, VA; son Ralph Nathan Deel of Haysi, VA; and sister, Susie Edwards of Sante Fe, NM. Also survived by nephew, Bo (Ellen) Edwards; great-nephew, Declan Michael Edwards; mother & father-in-law, Monroe & Nell Bailey; brother-in-law, Tony (Cathy) Bailey and niece by marriage, Ashley (Clifton) Kennon. Visitation will be after 6PM Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 at the Emmanuel Old Regular Baptist Church with a service at 7PM. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 at 12PM from the church with Toby Bailey, Elder Carvel Edwards, Elder David O’Quinn, Elder Tony Yates & brother Thomas Hill. Burial will follow at the Bailey Family Cemetery, Haysi, VA.


  1. Katie and Alvin Blankenship says

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God bless all of Ralph’s family and comfort them in this time of sorrow. Our prayers and love to all. Katie and Alvin

  2. Pansy Bailey Hawkins says

    Our deepest condolences to you (Cathy) about Ralph I would have come but I had to stay with Andrea, she had surgery been with her since that happened, Dewayne came by left the boys and text us telling that he would not keep the boys for this weekend so you will probably see the ole thing there.

  3. Maggie & Inard Anderson says

    Inard and i are so sorry about Bro Ralph passing away, He was such a wonderful brother in the church, everytime we seen him, he had a smile on his face and a hug for everyone, he will be miss by me and Inard, sorry we want be able to be there with you all, but we are praying for all the family, and Sis Cathy we love you all so much and thought the world of Bro Ralph, Rest on Bro Ralph-you just beat us home, there’s nothing but troubles and sorrow here in this old troublesome world-pray for Bro Persie, and Sis Evelyn, Bro Monroe and Sis Nell–Sis Cathy and their son,,, they will need all our prayers during this hard time, but just think Bro Ralph is not suffering anymore, and he is with the lord,, RIP Ralph-we all love you all

  4. Nancy C Owens says

    Cathy I am so sorry for your loss you have been in my thoughts and my prayers. Love you my friend. Will continue to hold you in prayer.

  5. Margaret Rose Bailey says

    I just became aware of this website but want to add my expression of condolences on the home-going of Brother Ralph. It is so sad to say goodbye for awhile to one we love, but he is no longer suffering and is in a far better place now with the Lord and all those he loved who had gone on before him. One day, we will see him again and we can cherish the memories of him until then. With love for all the family, Peggy

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