Sunday morning, July 21, 2013, God called another angel home
Velma was born in the Bear Grass area, Martin County, on August 26,1921 to the late James Augusta Bailey and Mary Elsie Leary Bailey. She was married on January 5,1946 to Warner A. Bailey, Jr. She lived her entire life in the Bear Grass
Community and the Town of Bear Grass.
Velma graduated from Bear Grass High School and attended Atlantic Christian College (Barton). She was a trusted employee in the Administration Office of Martin General Hospital for 34 years.
Velma embodied the words of Jesus when he said "l come not to be served, but to serve." She took this scripture to heart and served in so many ways that it is difficult to put them on paper. She joined the Presbyterian Church in 1935 and was one of the commissioned members when the Bear Grass Presbyterian Church received a certificate of separate organization from the Williamston Church in May, 1939. From that time forward she was a special gift to the church and community. She gave freely to the church despite her full time job and always found time to be a strong advocate for the sick and hurting in our community. She served the church as Deacon, Secretary of the Board of Deacons, Nominating Committee, Women's Church Circle President, Women's Church Circle Secretary, Women's Church Circle Treasurer, Bible School Director, Chairperson of various committees, and as a valued member of the choir. On July 20,2004, Velma was awarded the Outstanding Older Adult Award by the Presbytery of New Hope and the Bear Grass Presbyterian Church. Recognition and rewards were not her goal in life. She just wanted to help.
Velma is survived by her daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Bailey: her grandchildren; Regina Walters and husband Quinn, Phillip Ray Bailey, Jr. and wife, Karen:great grandchildren; Caitlin Cratt, Lauren Walters, Morgan Walters, Christian Walters, Leslie Bailey: great grandchild, Holly Wells. Her sisters, Hazel Manning, Gladys Martin: her brother, Frank Bailey and wife Ann.
A visitation will be held at the Bear Grass Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:30pm and a Funeral Service will follow at 3:00pm. Graceside at Woodlawn Cemetery in Williamston.