Thomas Jefferson Bailey, Jr.

October 25, 1955 - April 29, 2007

Thomas Jefferson Bailey, Jr. (Tom Bailey, Jr.), 51, died unexpectedly Sunday, April 29, 2007. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, May 2 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow (Ridgeview Memorial Park) near McKinney. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 3 at 1:00 pm at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. Matt Chandler will officiate. Tom was born in Sikeston, MO on October 25, 1955. After moving to Amarillo, TX in March of 1965, Tom graduated from Amarillo High School in 1974. Tom met Brenda Clark in 1973 at Amarillo High School. Tom and Brenda celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary June 28th , 2005 in Plano, TX where they have lived since March of 1982. After spending many years teaching Sunday school for youth, college, and young singles, Tom sold his business to start a full time ministry devoted to discipleship and counseling. Ichthus Ministries ( has been running strong for 18 years and has touched countless lives through the teaching and dedication of this man empowered by the Holy Spirit. His legacy lives on through this ministry. Tom is survived by his wife, Brenda, his son, Bryan and wife, Jenni of Rogers, AR, his daughter, Alicia Strange and husband, Teddy of Memphis, TN. Also still living are his parents, Thomas Sr. and Dixie Bailey of Elk City, OK, brothers David Bailey and wife, Beverly of Frisco, TX, Mike Bailey of Derby, KA, sisters Emily Johnson and husband, Jeff of Elk City, OK, Susanne Sherrin and husband, Bobby of Lusby, MD. His grandson, Caden Thomas Bailey, will miss his “Tom-Tom.” It has always been the desire of Tom and Brenda for the ministry that has been established to continue on. In lieu of flowers, please help Ichthus Ministries to continue reaching and helping lives by making a donation (Ichthus Ministries, 1805 Eden Valley Ln, Plano, TX 75093).

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Tom was such a great mentor, counselor, teacher, and friend. I miss him greatly. I have so many memories that I will forever hold dear. Stacy Gibson, May 9, 2007 Brenda, I am so very sorry to learn of your immense loss. Tom's physical absence will be felt by so many, but I believe that his presence will be felt as his works continue to live on and bear the fruits or your labor. Your family is on my mind, in my heart and in my prayers at this very difficult time. May the Lord hold you in His arms and give you strength. Sincerely, Mona Mona Pearson Golden, May 3, 2007 I'm so blessed that I was able to know Tom and attend his Bible study for the past few months. I will miss him very much, but I know he is in a much better place now. God bless you all during this tough time. Jamie Sims, May 3, 2007 Tom, You were a man after God's own heart. You spoke the truth in love and never hesitated to share with others. You restored our marriage at a time in our lives when no one else could see what God had in store. We would not be where we are today without your intervention in our lives. We will always think of you and miss you very much. We will do all we can to continue what you did for so many- just like we know you would want us to. We love you. Chris and Julia Perry, May 2, 2007 Brenda~ Heaven is a happier place today since Tom is home. The landscape here will never be the same. It seems inconcievable to me since we are all the same age,that this has happened. We do not feel old, it is what our kids do that make us realize our age. Know that the only thing worse than Tom's death would have been that he had never lived. His legacy is legendary! You made that so possible for him! He loved his family! And he is rejoicing with the Lord until you meet him in eternity! Know you will be lifted in prayer as so many of us intercede for you to the Lord! LOve, Molly and Bob Molly and Bob Hoebeke, May 2, 2007 Jefferson and I will miss Tom so much, that I'm at a loss for words. He was a man of integrity, a truth seeker, loving husband, father, grandfather and Friend! We'll miss his cookies, his hugs and his compassion. We don't know what this world will be like without him. The one thing we hope and pray for is that Tom's memory will live on in all of us and that we quit taking for granted the life that God has so freely given us and asked nothing but belief in return. Thank you Tom for opening our eyes, so many years ago. We love you! Stephanie Santos, May 2, 2007 We loved him like he was a father to us. He shared in so many special moments in our lives. He tought us what being a true Christian really means. Our hearts will always remember him. Angela and Hugh Bolton, May 2, 2007 Tom was like a father to me. He told me things that my own dad never did. He liked who I was and didn't try to change me at all. He encouraged me to be exactly how God made me and nothing less. That was a huge encouragement for me as I have been emotionally abandoned/rejected by two very important men in my life. Tom always spoke to my soul and helped me fly with my broken wings. I will always remember Tom, his words and his perception of me. I will miss him tremendously. Candice Holton, May 2, 2007 Tom was a very special guy. He touched my life in many ways. Rusty Dunn, May 2, 2007 Brenda-It's been so many years since I've seen you both that I still remember you guys the way we were in high school-young & ready to take on the world. It looks like you & Tom did just that! What a great legacy to leave behind. You & yours are in my prayers. Cindy Blair Rios, May 2, 2007 Tom has made an indelible mark on this world and he will be missed by so many people. I always loved working with him. Tommy and I send our love and prayers during this painfully difficult time. Johnnie Hughes Hatfield, May 2, 2007 Some of my favorites have to be from Youth Camps at SilverCliff Ranch in Colorado & Tuesday nights. Tom truly showed us how to love & lead. Christi Lynn Wages-Salinas, May 1, 2007 So many memories, but my favorite is when Tom brought my boyfriend at the time up in front of the group and had him sing "Just a Swingin'" with him to me. It was very funny! He will be missed. Stacy Montgomery, May 1, 2007 I was so shocked and sorry to hear about Tom. I will be thankful for him and the way he impacted my life forever. My prayers go out to Brenda and the kids. Your father was an amazing angel. Keep your strong faith and know that God is with you even now and you have the support of so many loved ones and friends. Buffie Bell, May 1, 2007 I have many happy memories of Tom. He had a great sense of humor. (Always asking me to pull his finger!) Of all the memories, I think I will best remember him as a devoted man of God. What a blessing he was to so many people during his life here on earth! May the ministry continue to grow! Holly A Smith-Gomes Family, May 1, 2007 My heart goes out to the Bailey family on the loss of Tom. I lost touch with him several years ago but i will always remember his humbleness and the amazing teaching ability he had to connect with me when I was a kid in High School and College Chris Spurgin, May 1, 2007