Mama

My sweet mother went to be with the Lord yesterday (August 17, 2019) at about 6:45 AM. She had just gotten out of bed and gently quit breathing.

My brother Vance and I were blessed to have such a wonderful mother. She was gentle, tender, and strong. She was a great encourager.

We were blessed to celebrate her 90th birthday August 9. The picture is from that day.

As I have reflected over the last 24 hours, I have had precious memories of times recently and long ago.

Many of you have helped me walk through this time. You have prayed and encouraged. Thank you for your kindness and support.

We will have her memorial service Tuesday, August 20 in Brantley, Alabama.

76 Comments


  1. Les
    Aug 18, 2019

    Prayers for you and your family


  2. Daniel Heeringa
    Aug 18, 2019

    Waylon, I am sorry for your loss. 90 years is a great gift and leaves a great void. I am praying for you through these days.


  3. Scot
    Aug 18, 2019

    Prayers for you and your family, pastor.


  4. James Dumas
    Aug 18, 2019

    Praying for you and your family. Our grief is selfish when we know that she is with the Lord but grieve we do.
    We love you.


  5. Suzie Artell
    Aug 18, 2019

    So sorry to hear. Praying for your family.


  6. Herman Gauthier
    Aug 18, 2019

    So sorry for your lost, will be praying for you and your family for peace and comfort.
    2Corinthians 1:3-4. Love you my friend.


  7. Rita Driggers
    Aug 18, 2019

    We are lifting you up in our prayers! We know how much you loved your mama! She must have been a special lady!


  8. Suzanne Hayden
    Aug 18, 2019

    So very sorry for the loss of your mother. Your family is in my prayers.


  9. Ken Taylor
    Aug 18, 2019

    Thankful for your godly mother. She has impacted so many through her influence. May the Lord be with your family during this time.


  10. Cynthia Tynes
    Aug 18, 2019

    Praying for her family. Such joy to know she is with your dad and Jesus tempered with the loss of her gentle spirit here.


  11. Tissie Gibson
    Aug 18, 2019

    Waylon, I was so sorry to hear about your mother. Your devotion to her speaks volumes for the wonderful, Godly mother she was to you and your brother. Cherish all the loving memories you have of her. She will always be in your heart. My prayers are with you and all your family. She was a SPECIAL lady.


  12. Teresa McClure
    Aug 18, 2019

    Loss of a mom is one of the toughest part of life but knowing she is with her Lord is the happiest moment in life. Prayers for you and your family.


  13. Gail Cooke
    Aug 18, 2019

    John and I are so very sorry for the loss of your mother. We are praying for you and your family.


  14. Kathy Godfrey
    Aug 18, 2019

    Special prayers for you and your family.
    Seems your mother and I share that same birthday.


  15. Allen Steele
    Aug 18, 2019

    So soon to hear Waylon! Losing Mom is not easy. But may we find comfort in knowing we’ll see them again! Praying for you all.


  16. Carole
    Aug 18, 2019

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I can tell my her picture that she was a lady of strong faith. You were blessed.


  17. Sherri
    Aug 18, 2019

    Waylon, how I have wished I could have known this beautiful lady who clearly had such a hand in shaping the godly man we are privileged to have lead us at FBC. My thoughts and prayers continue to be lifted for you and Vance and your families.


  18. Sheila Matheny
    Aug 18, 2019

    What a treasured memory you will always have of her 90th birthday celebration. I’m sure she loved that day with you and your brother as much as you did! I’m just so very sorry! I’ll be praying for all of you as you celebrate her life and the fact that you know exactly where she is now.


  19. Brian and Barbara Wright
    Aug 18, 2019

    May God bless and comfort you and your family.


  20. Lindsay and Sam Pons
    Aug 18, 2019

    We are so sorry for your loss. You certainly were blessed and she was clearly a wonderful mother. You and your family are in our prayers.


  21. Bob Donald
    Aug 18, 2019

    So very sorry to hear about your mom. I agree with another posting that its one of the hardest moments in life. And I agree with you, you will always have precious memories of her. I think of my mother often. She passed away in 2015 and I still think of her most every day. One of the most important figures in any persons life is their mother. But, if not for my mom would Jesus Christ be a central figure in my life as well. A friend of mine always says, “My mothers scared knees are why I am here today.”


  22. Dianne muller
    Aug 18, 2019

    Pastor Waylon, I am so sorry for your great loss of your wonderful mother. I am praying for you and your family as we all celebrate the fact that your mama is in heaven.


  23. Eddie and Becky Fielding
    Aug 18, 2019

    Our condolences to you and your family. Will be praying for a blessed time as you all celebrate the wonderful life she lived.


  24. Jessie Johnson
    Aug 18, 2019

    My condolences to you and your family. We’re praying for you and your family.


  25. Angela Robertson
    Aug 18, 2019

    Prayers for the family. May God Bless you and give you peace


  26. Mandy Gilmore
    Aug 18, 2019

    Dear Waylon,

    William and I are so sorry to learn of your loss. We pray God’s comfort for you, Martha, and your family during this difficult time. We love you all.

    Mandy


  27. Lynn Riley
    Aug 18, 2019

    Waylon

    We both grieve and rejoice with you. Prayers


  28. Barbie Tyler
    Aug 18, 2019

    What a blessing to have such a sweet mom. praying for you and your family that those Heavy Hearts won’t be so heavy and peace just comfort you through this hard time.


  29. Mitch Williams amwill
    Aug 18, 2019

    We both grieve and rejoice with you. Having such an influence in your life is so special. The world needs more like her PTL!


  30. Dale Phillips
    Aug 18, 2019

    Oh Waylon! We know how much your sweet Mama meant to you! Rest in the fact she went peacefully and that you had 90 amazing years of memories to treasure, albeit never long enough. What a glorious day it will be!
    Lifting you, Martha, Anna/Chris, the greatchildren and your entire family up in prayers.
    With much sympathy,
    Dale & Nikki Phillips


  31. Nedra Holder
    Aug 18, 2019

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! ❤️


  32. Carrie Murray
    Aug 18, 2019

    So sorry for your loss and praying for you and your family. You have spoken often about your mother, very special lady.


  33. Brenda
    Aug 18, 2019

    My prayers and condolences to you and your family


  34. Gary Mitchell
    Aug 18, 2019

    Brother Waylon,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your brother and family at this time of sorrow. Cherish the memories you have she will always be in your heart, will always be with you. So sorry for your loss. May God bless.

    Gary and Judy Mitchell


  35. Reggie and Sandy Tackett
    Aug 18, 2019

    So sorry for your loss, praying for you and your family!


  36. Joey Wilson
    Aug 18, 2019

    Praising God for such a legacy…asking God for comfort, peace and the awareness of His Presence for all who knew and loved your Mama.


  37. Norris Landry
    Aug 18, 2019

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and family.


  38. Casey
    Aug 18, 2019

    She is beautiful! Thank you Jesus for blessing the world with 90 years. We love you and are lifting you and your family up in this season.
    Rocky, Casey, & Dixie Kendrick


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thanks, Casey. One of the joys of being a pastor for a long length of time he’s getting to know so many wonderful people. May God bless all of you


  39. Marie Hammons
    Aug 18, 2019

    My prayers for you and your family. What a great testimony you are to what a wonderful mother you had! I’m sorry for your loss.


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thank you, Marie. We have been wonderfully blessed and sustained by the prayers of God’s people


  40. Mary Miller
    Aug 18, 2019

    So very sorry for your loss Dr Bailey! Praying that God’s love and strength comfort you and your family during this time.


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thank you, Mary. We have had a sweet week of family, friends, and people who have prayed for us. It has been a blessing


  41. Jimmy Davis
    Aug 18, 2019

    Prayers for you and your family.


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thanks, Jimmy. I saw a lot of Brantley people this week and even a few of our classmates— David Bryan And Linda Hughes, in particular. Linda reminded me that I performed their wedding ceremony but I still couldn’t tell you her married name


  42. Lisa
    Aug 18, 2019

    Pastor, David and I were so sorry to hear about your mom. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. The Bardwell’s


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thank you, Lisa. I know you are faithful to pray


  43. Mickey Box
    Aug 18, 2019

    Waylon sorry for your loss prayers for you & your love ones.


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thanks, Mickey. We are anxious to be back with the church this weekend


  44. John Meyer
    Aug 18, 2019

    I am praying for you and your family as you mourn and grieve her home-going and I rejoice with her as she basks in the glory of her risen Lord!


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thanks, John. It is always so good to hear from you and from so many others I had the privilege to teach and get to know that NOBTS.


  45. Pat Hall
    Aug 18, 2019

    Waylon, we are praying for you, Martha, Vance and the grandchildren and great grandchildren and family members. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting your precious Mom in years past and I know how special she was to you. What a wonderful legacy she leaves each of you. May God comfort you at this time.


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thanks, Pat. My mom loved coming to church here. You and so many others were so gracious, welcoming, and kind. Thank you so much for praying.


  46. Celia Sims
    Aug 18, 2019

    Prayers always for you and your family. Heaven has gained a beautiful lady.


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thanks, Celia. I am thankful you got to know her and she got to know you


  47. Wall and Rosilyn McKneely
    Aug 18, 2019

    Prayers sent for you and your family!!!!
    May God Bless you!!!


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thanks to both of you for your prayers and blessings. Martha and I are excited about being back this weekend


  48. Buddy & Joanie Fetter
    Aug 18, 2019

    Waylon, as you, Martha and your brother prepare to celebrate your mom’s wonderful life, we pray for God’s blessings and peace for you and your family. As you know, Godly mothers are a treasure.


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Yes, they are. Thank you for your love and prayers all through the years


  49. Thelma Hughes
    Aug 18, 2019

    May God bring comfort and peace to the family.


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thank you, Thelma. I have been so blessed to know the people of God at church and churches and now also through my blog. How blessed I am


  50. Benvindo (Ben) Nsingi
    Aug 19, 2019

    Prayers for you and your family. God bless you!


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Ben, thank you so much for reading and responding. I deeply appreciate your prayers and those of so many others who have called our names before our Father


  51. PHYLLIS CARNES
    Aug 19, 2019

    Waylon, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thank you, Phyllis. Martha and I were so blessed to grow up in Brantley and to still have association with so many wonderful people


  52. Doyle Holloway
    Aug 19, 2019

    Prayers of thanksgiving that God blessed us with Christian Mothers and Fathers, much love to you Brother Waylon and family


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thanks, Doyle. I hope you are both well, and I look forward to seeing you sometime soon


  53. Harold Bergeron
    Aug 19, 2019

    Our prayers and deepest sympathy for you, Martha and the Bailey family. As I read your blob, my mind starting sing ‘Sweet Hour Prayer’. May Lord pour His Peace, Comfort and Love on you all.


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Isn’t it wonderful to pray? I also often sing “sweet hour of prayer” to myself. By the way, my mother was not a good singer and neither am I!


  54. Felix Greer
    Aug 19, 2019

    May the Lord be with you all in a very special way. Thanks for allowing us to know something of your
    mother’s life and faith. What a blessing and heritage you have!


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thank you. I have been truly blessed by her teaching and gentle guidance


  55. Tyren & Kelly Bennett
    Aug 19, 2019

    Prayers and our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We will continue to hold your family in our daily prayers over the coming days,


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thank you, that means so much. We are back in town and ready to see our family


  56. Marlaine Peachey
    Aug 19, 2019

    So enjoyed all of your childhood stories over the years with your Mom. I know you will miss her but what a wonderful time she is having! Will continue to pray for all of you.


    • Waylon
      Aug 24, 2019

      Thanks, Marlaine. She was a blessing


  57. Chuck Carver & Tanya Hutchinson
    Aug 24, 2019

    Dear Waylon & Martha,
    Chuck, myself and Mama (Gen Thomas) send our prayers and love to you and your family. How blessed you are to have had such a beautiful, loving, encouraging woman as your Mother. She was surely proud of your ministry and the kind, caring man of God she raised.

    Keeping you in our prayers!

    War Eagle

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