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Hundreds flock to Poca to mourn Cpl. Bailey

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Like many people in Poca, Kelli Skeens knew Cpl. Marshall Bailey.

Skeens attended Poca High with Bailey.

But Skeens wasn't able to attend Bailey's viewing Saturday. She drove one of the two buses that brought people between Poca High School and the funeral home on Main Street in Poca.

"I feel like I'm paying my respects. It's as much as I can do for him," said Skeens, who is a bus driver for the Putnam County Board of Education.

But on Saturday, her bus wasn't just a bus, and her passengers weren't just passengers.

Skeens transported the torn and the tried. She delivered them to Bailey, for what might be their last encounter.

Boyd Harper never knew Bailey, but he came to pay his respects.

"Just like every West Virginian is right now we're all hurting and we know what the State Police does for us," Harper said. "Just out of respect, we want to come down and take a few minutes."

Tim Casto met Bailey almost 20 years ago. They worked together at the Sam's Club in Cross Lanes, pushing buggies together.

"I just hate it for his family and his kids. Everybody knows Marshall. Here in Poca, Cross Lanes. Marshall's a good man, and I know he was to people in Clay County too," Casto said.

The drive from Poca High to Gasten-Harding Funeral Home lasts about three minutes. Skeens repeated that route until every last person paid his respects.

 

"I feel so honored to tribute to my community and his family," Skeens said. "He was a wonderful man and he accomplished what he wanted to accomplish in life. May God be with his family. "

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