The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


May 20, 2014

William Herber Dailey

Services for William Herber Dailey of Moreno Valley, California will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roy G. Duncan and the Rev. Donald R. Lacy officiating.

Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.

William H. Dailey was born Feb. 8, 1913, in Palestine, Texas, the only son of Josephine Scott Dailey (d. 1940) and the Rev. Thomas William Dailey (d. 1928) who was a pastor of Antioch Baptist Church on Murchison Street.

He died on his 100th birthday, Feb. 8, 2013 in a California hospital and was cremated.

Mr. Dailey lived in Palestine until age 7, then moved to Terrell, Texas, finished high school there and attended Prairie View A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.

He taught school in Terrell then returned to Palestine. He served as principal/superintendent of Flint Hill High School from 1939 to 1943. He then moved to Los Angeles, California with his wife, Ola Mae Bell Dailey, who preceded him in death in 1986.

He was a nephew of Mrs. Louise Scott Updack, whose husband, Percy Updack, owned the Updack Funeral Home on Lacy Street.

Throughout his residency in California, “Dailey” was an active, faithful member of Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles and later, Christ Community Church in Moreno Valley. He had a 33-year career as a probation officer with the Los Angeles Probation Department and earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from The University of Southern California. He was a mentor to youth, a world traveler, a real estate broker, Bible scholar and philanthropist.

For his dedication to and passion for religious, civic and fraternal involvement. He was the recipient of numerous awards.

In an effort to maintain relationships, Dailey made annual trips to Palestine to have lunch with a gathering of friends and former students, most of whom have passed away now.

His second wife, Mrs. Colleen D. Dailey, died Feb. 1, 2014. Survivors include their goddaughter and caretaker, Mrs. Eddi Goins, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, god grandchildren and friends.

William Herber Dailey's life work is a testimony to his belief in the Lord and his belief in the goodness of mankind.

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