Monday, November 12, 2007

Donald Perry Bailey

Today is the anniversary of the death of my father. It has been 26 years, and I can still remember every detail of that day. But rather than think of the pain I felt, I would rather focus today on the man that lived, and what a man he was! Dynamic is such an understatement. The man was a giant. I have never known anyone with a stronger testimony of the gospel. I have never known anyone with such a personal relationship with the Savior. I have never known anyone more excited about passing through the vail of death to meet his maker. It was so hard to let him go, yet I couldn't help but feel excited for him. He was a man who left a lasting impression on anyone he met. He loved life. He loved his family. I have no doubt that he knows each of you very well, and is watching over our family still. One of my very fondest memories of my father was him singing "Let Us All Press On" and adding the names of his children as he sang "Have courage, Lizzy, for the Lord is on our side." He loved to play with children, and was always a favorite in the neighborhood. He would play "Capture the Flag" with anyone who would take him on. He always won. He loved his grandchildren heart and soul. He was the glue that held us all together. Since his passing we have struggled with many trials and issues. I have often thought, "What would our lives be like today if he was still with us?" Then I think ..... he IS still with us.

5 comments:

Emily said...

Grandpa was on my mind all day yesterday. I have no doubt also that he is will us. Always. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about him. I miss him.

Mary said...

Beautiful tribute, Liz. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Amy Thurston said...

My favorite memory of Grandpa was his magic gum trick. I think someone should tell me how he did it so we could pass the magic on to others. (Also so I will know how he did it, and who helped him, I need names) I hope when I am gone others will continue to express their love for me as much as they do for grandpa. It shows what a great man he truely was.

Amanda said...

Thanks mom. I am putting this post in my journal. Keep em coming.

abutler said...

Thanks for giving me a reason to sit and think about Grandpa. He was such a great man and I can't wait for my children to be able to spend some time with him. We are all better off because of him.