Rev. James D. Bailey
Story furnished by Clarence
Of the 136 year history of
the Bivingsville/ Glendale Baptist Church,
Reverend James D. Bailey was the second longest serving pastor of the twenty three who
have served. Pastoring for 22 years from 1906 until September 1927,
he was exceeded only by Reverend Timothy L.
Hottel who served 37 years from 1947 to 1984. He was serving as
Pastor when the second Church building was built in 1907 and continued
to be used until it was replaced in 1958.
Ordained to the Gospel
Ministry at the age of 23 in the Macedonia Baptist Church September 6,
1885, Reverend Bailey was considered a genuine student of the Gospel,
history in general and the Revolutionary war period. He wrote numerous
articles on the subjects. He was considered a fluent, compelling
speaker and an intriguing writer. In researching Glendale history, I
have run across 2 or 3 niblets of his writings. Three popular books of
his writings were: “Commanders of King’s Mountain”, “History of Grindal
Shoals”and “Heros of the American Revolution”.
Up until the mid-1900s, most
rural and many village churches did not have a full time Pastor. The
Pastor would oft time serve two to four churches at the same time,
rotating hours and days of service. In the early 1900s, Pastor’s
salaries ranged from $50 to $100 per year. In the 1920s, their salary
had increased to $150 to $200 per year, which in most cases required
the minister to have other sources of income. Rev. Bailey was a farmer
as well as a Pastor. Records show that one of his sons worked on the
railroad, one was a store clerk while the younger managed the farm.
While at Glendale, he was serving three other churches. Bivingsville/Glendale Baptist did not go
to full time service until late 1940s.
According to records which I
have seen, the young man, James D. Bailey, married Miss Susan Kirby
from the Whitestone area about a year before he was ordained into the
Gospel Ministry. They became parents of nine children, six living;
Preston H, Mary B, Fred H, Monroe B., Nettie I. and Jonathan. Rev.
Bailey designed and built his family home, shown below, which was
located on highway 29 entering Cowpens, now known as South Main Street.
Following are excerpts from
his two column obituary which was published in the Spartanburg Herald
on September 6 and The Spartanburg
Journal, September 7, 1927:
“Baptist Pastor and Historian
Dies at Cowpens: Just as he finished 42 years serving as a Baptist
Minister, The Rev. J.D. Bailey died at his home September 6, 1927 in
Cowpens. He had been in declining health for several months but had
continued to serve the Churches of which he was Pastor until last
Sunday when he suffered a stroke of paralysis.
Rev. Bailey had served
Churches in Spartanburg, Union, York and Cherokee counties during his
long ministry. He had served as Pastor at Cowpens for nearly 30 years.
His first three churches were located in Union county and were Putman,
Skull Shoals and Brown’s Creek. At the time of his death, he was
serving as Pastor of the White Plains, Glendale, Midway and Beaver Dam
Baptist Churches. He had conducted the annual Revival services at the
Churches and had filled his regular appointment on the Sunday before
his death, August 28, 1927.
He had served as
Moderator of the Broad River Association for 21 years. He had attended
every session of the Association for 42 years, his first absence
occurring this summer due to illness.
His funeral is to be held
today (Wednesday September 7, 1927) at the Pacolet Station Baptist
Church, conducted by Rev. H. C. Martin of Cowpens, assisted by Rev.
D.P. Montgomery of Greenville. The following are to serve as
pallbearers: Dr.W.L. Ball, Spartanburg, Dr. R. C. Granberry, Gaffney,
Rev. C. A. Kirby, Gaffney, Dr. J. S. Dill, Greenville, Rev. A. L.
Vaughan, Cowpens, Rev. B. E. Hill, Spartanburg, Dr. John G.
Clinkscales, Spartanburg and Rev. L. M. Rice, Union. Interment to
follow in the Church Yard Cemetery.
He is survived by his widow,
Mrs. Susan Bailey, Cowpens; by four sons, P.H. Bailey, Saluda, N.C. ,
F.H. Bailey, Cowpens, M.B. Bailey, Arlington, Mass., J.C. Bailey,
Cowpens; two daughters, Mrs. Elmer Martin and Miss Irene Bailey,
Cowpens; one brother, W. M. Bailey, Spartanburg; two sisters, Mrs. Iris
Brown and Mrs. Bernice Hames, Pacolet; fourteen grandchildren also
Mrs. Susan M. Bailey died
Obituaries courtesy of
Spartanburg County Library.
Clarence E. Crocker , June 2012
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