Elbert was a member of the Laurel Fire Department.
Mr. Elbert Cannon Bailey joined the Laurel Fire Department in 1908. He served as President, Chief, Trustee and for 27 years as the company Secretary. He also served as President of the Sussex County Volunteer Firefighter's Association and as President of the DelMarVa Firemen's Association. He was an inductee into the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter's Association Hall of Fame. He was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford, Delaware next to his beloved wife Lucinda, who predeceased him in 1959.