Not only did Ravenswood High School senior Ryan Bailey excel on the football field as a Red Devil, but he continues to excel off the field by fulfilling school and life goals he established when he became part of the Red Devil Football program.

Not only did Ravenswood High School senior Ryan Bailey excel on the football field as a Red Devil, but he continues to excel off the field by fulfilling school and life goals he established when he became part of the Red Devil Football program.

  As a Red Devil, each football team member is required to write down school, team and life goals. Those goals are turned in to Coach Jason Jackson as part of team requirements.

 For Bailey, the Jackson Newspapers’ Red Devil Defensive Back of the Year for 2017, who led his team in pass breakups in his senior season with 8, collected 38 tackles and an interception, scored a TD, caught seven pasees for 126 yards and carried twice for 27 yards, one of his life goals—a very unique one--was to secure a gravemarker for his father, Terry Lee Bailey, who died in 2010 and is buried in White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Barboursville.

  Coaches Kemp Kelly, Jason Jackson and other football staff members made note of Bailey’s special life goal and moved to help him achieve it after their annual season-ending football banquet—Baileys’ final one as a Red Devil.

  The coaches contacted Joe Roush of Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood who spoke to Steve Simpkins and Mary Gorrell with Simpkins Monuments in Ripley to help Bailey secure a gravemarker for his father. 

  Both Roush and Simpkins stepped up huge to help fulfill Bailey’s goal by providing a grave stone free of charge with Paul Criss of Roush Funeral Home doing the lettering on the stone. 

  “We are very appreciative to everyone who helped make this happen for Ryan,” said Kelly. “Getting it free of charge was more than we expected, but it shows what kind of generous, caring people we have here.”

  The finished stone will be placed on Terry Bailey’s grave in Barboursville.

  “This isn’t his (Ryan’s) only goal,” added Jackson. “He’s already working toward becoming an RN. He hasn’t even graduated yet but he’s already making his path in life.”