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.

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76 Responses

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.”

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.


  18. 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.

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

  20. 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

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

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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.

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

    1. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

    1. 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

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. 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,

  35. 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.

  36. 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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