James Lee Dailey, 83, of Hilliard, Ohio was born September 5, 1934 in Gallipolis, Ohio to the late Harold Elmer and Edna Lee McKean Dailey. He had one brother William Dailey, who preceded him in death. He later lived in Hilliard and Russell’s Point/Indian Lake, OH.
After a short illness, he passed away peacefully on September 21, 2017 surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
He is survived by: his wife, Becky Dailey, Hilliard, OH; 2 daughters, Mandy Goble (Robert), Bellefontaine, OH, Jane Dailey, New Albany, Indiana; 2 stepchildren, Debbie (Steve) Caudill, Hilliard, OH, Steve (Kathy) Mullins (Chillicothe, OH); 2 grandchildren, Eric (Alexis) Goble, Michelle Goble; 5 step grandchildren, Matt Shinkle, Erik (Chelsea) Mullins, Sara Mullins, Jimmy Caudill, Meghan Caudill; 2 sisters, Sue (Philip) Miller and Sally (Brian) Lanier; his former wife, Juanita Evans and multiple other family members who loved him dearly.
He graduated from Gallia Academy High School in 1952, where he played football, was active in many organizations and was later instrumental in the establishment of the Gallia Academy Alumni Association.
James attended both Ohio Wesleyan where he played football and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi and The Ohio State University before graduating from The Ohio State College of Dentistry in 1959.
He practiced as a dentist in Gallipolis until 1976. He also worked at the Ohio Valley Bank for 35 years, where he served as Director, President, CEO, Chairman and Director Emeritus of the Ohio Valley Bank Corp Board until his death.
Throughout his life he was active in many local organizations and passionately believed in “paying it forward”.
In his early years, he was an active member of the Lions Club, worked as an Ohio High School Football Referee, was instrumental in the establishment of the Gallipolis Midget League Football program, served on the Rio Grande College Community College Board of Directors and was an active Rio Grande Athletic Booster Club Member.
Throughout his life, he was an active supporter of both local and state-wide 4-H youth, where he was instrumental in establishing the Ohio Valley Bank 4-H Youth Scholarship program, which has provided educational financial assistance to countless local area students. He also served on the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, was instrumental in the development of the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center located at The Ohio State University and in 1996, was inducted into the 4-H Youth Development Hall of Fame.
In 2003, he received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Foundation of Appalachian, OH and in 2005 he received the Ohio State University Gerlach Development Volunteer Award.
Jim had a passion for his family, helping others, Ohio State University football and Ireland, his ancestral home which he visited several times.
He will always be remembered for his generosity to others, his candy cane cookies and for playing Santa Clause for his grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Pastor Jamie Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Pall Bearers will be John Dailey, Joe Dailey, Eric Goble, Brad Lanier, Matt Shinkle, Erik Mullins, and Jimmy Caudill. Honorary Pall Bearers will be John (Benjy) Dailey, Jason Dailey, and Timothy Baltzer.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Memory of James L. Dailey to the Ohio Valley Bank’s OVB Employee Community Fund or the Ariel Theatre.
An online guest registry is available at waugh-halley-wood.com