Harkless “HD” Dailey Jr.

Published 3:36 pm Monday, July 28, 2014

Mr. Harkless “HD” Dailey Jr., 89, of Philadelphia, Pa., formerly of Atmore, surrendered his earthly life for a life with the Lord on July 18, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was a native of Monroe County and lived in Atmore and Mobile. He relocated to Philadelphia in 1953 and there he worked for CH Wheelers Construction Co. for many years before working for the Salvation Army until his retirement.

Mr. Dailey joined the Open Door Baptist Church in 1978, later moving his membership and becoming a member of the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church.

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Affectionately known as “HD” by his family and friends, Mr. Dailey was preceded in death by his parents, Harkless Dailey Sr. and Naomi Abner Dailey; his first wife, Katherine Carter Dailey; three sisters, Ardella Dunson, Daisey Jones and Rosie Lee Jones; and five brothers, Dan Dailey, Jim Sanders, Willie George Dailey, James Dailey and John Dailey.

Those left to cherish his life are his wife, Mary Rush Dailey of Philadelphia, Pa.; 11 daughters, Bernice (Clarence) Williams and Roslyn Dailey, both of Atmore, Annette Harper of Mobile, Naomi Dailey, Celeste (Santos) Dailey Toledo, Nadine Murphy and Priscilla Rush, all of Pennsylvania, Mary Ruth (Isaac) Void, Lillian (Horileen) Jenkins, Julliet (Ernest) Palmer and Clare Rush Dailey, all of South Carolina; five sons, Larry Dailey, DeWayne (Beth) Rush and Willie Rush all of Philadelphia, Pa., Rosco Todd of Florida and James Edward Rush of South Carolina; one sister, Fronnie Sellers of Moss Point, Miss.; one brother, Paul Dailey; 70 grandchildren , 89 great-grandchildren and a host of great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at the Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Center with Bishop Willie L. Williams, pastor of Jones Street True Pentecostal Holiness Church, eulogist and Overseer Darryl North, host pastor.

Retirement of his remains will be in the Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel, LLC, directing.