Sharon Denise Collins Bailey was born on March 25, 1960 in Painter, Virginia to the late Jacob and Ernestine Collins. She passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of April 17, 2021, surrounded by her husband, sister, and brother-in-law, at her sister’s home in Hampton, Virginia.
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Sharon graduated from Central High School in 1978. She was employed at Perdue Farms in Accomac, Virginia. Sharon later became a USDA Inspector for thirty-five years. During this time, Sharon also served as a local delegate for The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2422. Every two years, Sharon was unanimously nominated and elected by acclamation. She served faithfully, professionally, and was well-respected, as she assisted the president in representing the Salisbury and Hurlock Circuits.
At an early age, Sharon accepted Christ and joined Ebenezer Baptist Church in Wardtown, Virginia. She served by singing in the choir and with her father’s gospel group.
Sharon enjoyed fishing, softball, pool, and ping-pong. She was well-known from childhood up to the time of her illness for making everyone laugh. She was also known for being in love with her niece’s, Lokesha Boggs, macaroni and cheese.
In addition to her parents, Sharon was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth, Alvin, and Jacob Collins.
Left to cherish Sharon’s memories: her husband of forty-one years, Lester Bailey, Sr. of Accomac, VA; one son, Lester Bailey, Jr. of Accomac, VA; one grandson, Kamari; two sisters, Linda Collins of Portsmouth, VA and Sarah Smith (Samuel) of Hampton, VA; nieces, Ciara Smith, Shenae Collins, Lokesha Boggs, and Shamika Jones; special sister-in-law, Althea Bailey of Belle Haven, VA; two brothers-in-law Larry Bailey of Tasley, VA and Franklin Bailey (Rosemary) of Painter, VA; one aunt, Olivia Collins of Philadelphia, PA; one uncle, George Smith of Painter, VA; special mom, Eunice Albert (Herbert) of Painter, VA (who nurtured her from age seventeen until the time of her passing); special cousin, Thomas Stevens (Margaret) of Frankford, DE; and a host of other relatives and friends.