David Mark Bailey
David M. Bailey

David Mark Bailey, 44, of Earlysville, died of brain cancer on Saturday, October 2, 2010, in Charlottesville, Virginia, and was welcomed into everlasting life at his place at the Table with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

David was born February 26, 1966, the son of Kenneth and Ethel Bailey, missionaries to the Middle East. For the first 22 years of his life, his home was Beirut, Lebanon, including the first 10 years of the Lebanese civil war. Because of war, the family was obliged to evacuate first to Switzerland in 1967, and later to Cyprus in 1982. David's two final years of high school were completed in a private school in Germany because he was, as a young man, especially vulnerable on the streets of Beirut.

David attended Grove City College in western Pennsylvania, where he met and married his soul mate, Leslie McGarvey, of Emlenton, Pennsylvania. During his college years, he was active as a performing songwriter, playing evening and weekend gigs with a music partner. He also enjoyed choir, frat life, acting, and organizing an underground newspaper. David graduated with majors in English and Communication Arts. In the late 1980's, David and Leslie relocated to the Washington, D.C., area where David worked for the United States government in satellite imagery analysis. His career evolved to training and then program management with numerous software subcontractors, ending with employment with Eastman Software in Massachusetts.

Their daughter, Kelcey, was born in 1992, and son, Cameron, in 1994.

The day prior to moving to the Boston area, in July of 1996, David was diagnosed with brain cancer - Glioblastoma Multiforme IV (GBM). He was expected to have fewer than two years to live. Eager to have his life make a difference in the lives of others, he gave up his career in the software industry and, with a great leap of faith, launched a third career as a performing songwriter - a "troubadour of hope." Following two surgeries, radiation, experimental chemotherapy and nuclear therapy, David criss-crossed America (and Europe) singing in coffee houses and churches, for cancer conferences and cancer survivor groups for 12 years. David wrote all of his own songs, which grew out of his experiences of war and of battling a deadly cancer. He sang of faith, hope, love, and of living life to it's fullest each day. He experienced a recurrence of brain cancer in late 2008, recovering enough to tour in 2009 and early 2010. Enduring numerous additional surgeries and difficult treatments, David made a final tour in July of this year.

David is survived by Leslie, his wife of 23 years; his children, Kelcey and Cameron; his parents, Kenneth and Ethel Bailey; a sister, Sara Makari and her husband, Victor; numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law and eight nieces and nephews.

To quote a line from one of David's songs, "The tears of the angels form a river where you can wash your pain, and even in the middle of the thunder, don't forget the love inside the rain." His theme was "There may be years of tears behind you, but right now you've got One More Day." He leaves behind him a musical legacy of 23 professionally-recorded CDs. His music and his personal testimony have affected the lives of countless thousands in this country and around the world.

The family offers deep gratitude to Doctor Henry Friedman, Doctor Allan Friedman and Doctor David Reardon at Duke and Doctor David Schiff at University of Virginia Medical Center and their caring staffs. We also offer loving thanks to our family of caregivers at the Hospice House and Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville.

Memorial gifts are welcome and may be made to Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6566 Spring Hill Road, Ruckersville, VA 22968. Half of those gifts will be equally divided between the following brain tumor organizations, The American Brain Tumor Association, the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, Gray Matters Foundation, the Florida Brain Tumor Association and T.H.E. Brain Trust.

David was a charter member and Elder at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ruckersville, Virginia, where he co-chaired the Evangelism Committee. Baptized into the Covenant, he was a lifelong Christian and we will have a Celebration of his life and of the Resurrection at a Memorial Service 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at Meadows Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. His daughter suggests an attire of tie-dye, if you like. David would be wearing jeans and ask you to check out his website, www.davidmbailey.com.

This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.
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When I was first diagnosed with cancer our family didn’t know how to react. My doctors recommended that we go see a wonderful singer named David M Bailey. Not only did we see David at the hospital but we saw him various times throughout the years and brought many friends along the way. David took the time to help us understand how to treat cancer as a chronic Illness to “keep on keeping on”. Not a day goes by that we don’t play his music will pray for David and his family.
Patricia Pasda
September 27, 2021
David was a phenomenal songwriter and a warm and absolutely caring person .His music will forever be remembered and cherished ...Dee Meese ,,upstate New York
Dee Meese
September 28, 2019
"Maybe now and then
And bye and bye
And God Knows where and when
Horse and Chariot
Fire and Wind
Even so, we'll meet again."
(From the Departure of Elijah - II Kings 2)
Dutch Text: Jan Nieuwenhuis
Translation: Bob Albright
Father Bob Albright
Robert Albright
September 28, 2019
Joy is your music! Uplifting to me especially through the tough days. I am grateful to you and those too included in your albums. The words in your songs are powerful, elegant & beautiful. I am grateful to you and your passion because the words in your music help me to move forward. Filled with wisdom & grace! My husband passed 4yrs ago from the GBM. God bless you in heaven & your family! The previous post mentioned coffee ~definitely Jerry in heaven & I would like to join you for a cup of coffee with the Angels! God Bless you in heaven & your family David! @-<--<------
May 20, 2014
I think of David when I pour my morning coffee or order one at Starbuck's. His smile still lights up my smile. His music sings forever.
May 20, 2014
This man saved my life. I can't wait to meet him in heaven!
Shonna Schramm
May 19, 2014
Think of you often and pray for your family everyday. Thanks for your forever gift of music
October 3, 2013
Eva Hordijk
October 2, 2013
I first heard David speak and sing about living with brain cancer at the SNO meeting in Charlottesville. As a neurooncologist I was in awe of his courage to not only fight the disease but bring it out in the open and raise awareness and give hope. Later on we were fortunate to have him as our guest in Hartford, CT at the Fred Cohen Symposium "Living with a brain tumor" where he brought his message of hope, love and courage. He died one year later and at the following year's symposium I played his song"Love the time" asa a celebration of David's life and the lives of our patients who fight the same fight. David's message lives on. May his memory always be a blessing
Alexandra Flowers
June 7, 2013
I grew up in the church but it wasn't until I attended NWMC for the first time in 2000 that I truly accepted Christ into my heart during David's concert. I was 19 years old. I purchased many of his CD's and listened to them all the time. When my mother was hospitalized in 2005 with inoperable brain cancer, we listened to David's music in her room. She lost her battle with cancer in April of 2006. I returned to NWMC in 2008 as the Youth Director of a small church near Omaha, Nebraska and was able to not only express my gratitude to David personally, but was also anointed with oil by him. David was used by God to draw me into ministry and I try every day to live up to the standard that has been set. I am so thankful that David was in my life and was saddened when he left us here on earth, but I can't even begin to think about the awesome performances he is putting on in heaven (not to mention how good the coffee must be there!).
David, you hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for all that you have done in my life. Until we meet again…
June 6, 2013
I was just playing some of David's songs and looked him up on Facebook. I am so sorry to see that he passed away in 2010. My husband of 24 years passed away in 2002 of a GBM and we saw David perform at MD Anderson. My husband, Chuck, enjoyed meeting David and loved his songs. He looked to him as his inspiration, but his "One More Day" ended on September 7, 2002. I will always be grateful to David and the hope he gave us. RIP David.
Martha Lane-Szescila
June 4, 2013
I just ran across a song that I had printed out that was one of David's..."When" the song was used in my own husband's funeral...I wanted the people who attended to be able to read along. My husband passed away of GBM on Nov. 10, 2006 (only after 7mos from his first surgery)...I was at a Neuro-Circle meeting in Houston, TX(for patients and care-givers) I got to hear David play and speak...I bought two CD's...I cherish them! Thank you for your music and the words! you are missed...say hi to Larry!
Vicki Hawthorne
May 29, 2013
Put one of his CDs in the car player yesterday as I went out to visit my husband at the Vets Home and he spoke to me again as he always has, with that inner smile of warmth and love. It's true he lives within and can touch you where you live.
Betsy Simpson
May 3, 2013
Thank you David you will always be an inspiration !!
God bless you!
In memory of our daughter Rachel Messina 1975-2009
Raquel Ramos
May 2, 2013
I had a chance to do a small article on David for the Martin Guitar Sounding Board several years ago when I lived in Charlottesville, Virginia, not far from where David lived. I unfortunately never got to hear him perform in concert, which is my loss. I am amazed by the number of people whose lives he touched over his relatively short lifetime. May David always be remembered in the best possible light, as that is where his memory belongs.
Len Jaffe
October 4, 2012
You changed everything, david....Brought God to light for me. Got all of your CDs, listen every day.
Bruce Blount
October 3, 2012
May your light continue to shine in our darkness thanks for doing Gods' great work and delivering hope and inspiration to so many. A friend of a friend. In Gods love may you rest
Rosa Schuh
October 3, 2012
Thanks for the music and the words. You're gonna live forever.
Dan and Laura Pontzer and Family
October 2, 2012
God bless your family forevermore ..
I don't know David personally except through his music. Lanette sent me a CD signed by David "Comfort". My husband passed away March 14, 2010, from the same brain tumor as David. I have purchased all of David's CD's & DVD. I was one who needed these words so elegantly to feed my soul. I pray every day ..Your family is in my prayers daily even though I do not know you ..I just know I miss my husband as your family misses your loved one. Beautiful song on the Faith CD ..song #5 "The Word". Faith-Hope-Love
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Linda Morris
October 2, 2012
I have been and continue to be blessed by knowing David. His daily devotion to singing out God's word, the Spirit's presence, in songs changed my life along with many people that I've met. What stays with me in his lyric and melodies is the sense that Grace and Hope are alive and growing in both this day's terrific and tragic, and we're meant to be forever shaped and changed by them.
Peter Mayer
October 2, 2012
Miss him everyday! David is and always will be a hero.
John Channell
October 2, 2012
Thinking of David today. Can you think of all the songs he has written since he went to be with the Lord? 700 or more.

I look forward to hanging with him again!
October 2, 2012
I've been thinking about David a lot in the last several days...he kept coming into my mind....and now I realize perhaps it is because of this sad anniversary. I will always remember his kindness to me when we were at ACS in Beirut. He was just such a great guy. I am glad that so many people were also touched by that amazing good spirit of his.
Patricia Ward
October 2, 2012
On this anniversary of david's death I am remembering him and all his family, He was and continues to be an influence in my life. May he rest in peace. Love and Blessings,
Father Bob Albright, Baltimore
Father Bob Albright
October 2, 2012
Thinking about you Leslie. I see David in the fall sunrises and sunsets and in the woods and wind.I hear his music everywhere.
October 1, 2012
It was an honor to have met and know David, the world will miss him.
Jennifer Barolo
September 27, 2012
David your family is blessed to of had you in their lives , with the love and tallents that painted your life and that of others.Truly you were and always will be the voice of healing.Dee Meese NY.
September 1, 2012
WOW!!! I just read over some of these lovely sentiments Leslie. I feel so blessed to have known David through our friendship and our church! WOW!!He truly lives on in his music.
September 1, 2012
I have had your cd for 3 years now and could only find the time to listen to it today- though I wish that I had listened to it a long time ago. I watched my husband battle a GBM, and lose his life to it at age 40. Today, 16 months after his death I finally had a moment to listen to your songs- which I have been wanting to do for all this time. You were an amazing man that has shared a gift with me today- even after your own passing- your music lives on and keeps giving hope. I will listen to it many more times, even though your truths make me cry- and inspire me at the same time. I have three children ages 9 and under and I told them of you today- and they will listen with me to your music and learn the important messages that you shared. Thank you.
Kristin Reichman
August 30, 2012
David was a wonderful man. He has always had a special place in my heart and always will. I think about him and the Grace and Hope he had daily. I love and miss you David.
August 28, 2012
David, your songs brought tears to my eyes, and also a peace to my heart. I know your fight, as Mom just lost hers (to GBM) not long ago. My heart went to Heaven with her. She was strong, vibrant, musical and passionate just like you! I know the two of you are leading the chorus and I can't wait to hear your music when I arrive there someday. And to David's soulmate... my tears fall with yours and my laughter echos on the same wind. God be with you until you embrace your beautiful David again! <3
April Zook
August 27, 2012
I wrote the following email on 5 Oct 2010, at 08:13:

Dear Leslie, Kelcey and Cameron

In our home, the first one to get up in the morning puts on the drip coffee pot. Our favorite is a natural, full-flavored roast Fair Trade coffee distributed by Oxfam. I was up early today. After putting on the coffee I came downstairs. I could hear a light but very welcome rain pattering on the road and sidewalk. I pulled back the stairway curtain to have a look... and remind myself to take an umbrella when in a little bit I catch the commuter train into Barcelona for a couple of VO recordings.

When I woke up my laptop and the email came in... yours immediately caught my eye! How appropriate to be sent from David's name and address! I learned of David I believe through CDBaby, maybe three or four years ago. I connected immediately with him not only because of his music but also because my childhood heritage is similar to his.

After reading your email I went to his website. So appropriate to read when it first opens:
david m. bailey: Home

Thank you David for fighting the battle long and hard. Thank you for your lyrics and music expressed through these 23 albums. You have encouraged my faith, strengthened my hope, sharpened my vision, and now you are comforting us more than you can imagine! I'm looking forward to that greatest live gig of all you'll be playing!

Dear family, may the Father's love comfort each of you today and in all the days ahead!

My favorite attire is blue-jeans too! And today, with the greatest pride and in loving memory!

¡Un fuerte abrazo! (A big hug!)
James Phillips
August 19, 2012
So many people touched after you've been gone for almost 2 years....I so miss you. My hurts are so trivial, I wonder how in the world you stayed so focused, so positive....you were and are a gift from God. I too say your name often wondering if you are watching me and my family....wondering if you are close by....live on
August 19, 2012
I often say your name, david, as I pour my morning coffee, stirring in the cream, smiling because I remember you always liked yours black.

-one java junkie to another :)
Betsy Simpson
August 18, 2012
My family met David when he came to our little hometown Mayfield Presbyterian Church. We fell in love with him, his music, and most of all, his message. On his second visit, my husband came with us, bought a Love the Time bracelet, and hasn't taken it off since. Our daughter, Anna, was particularly inspired by David. The year David passed away, we chose a coffee cup as our annual Christmas ornament, and put David's name on it. Anna made a paper mosaic of David's image with his guitar and donated it to our church. (When our church was later destroyed by fire and water damage, the piece survived.)
4 months ago, Anna, now 12, was diagnosed with a rare heart disease and we were told she would need to go on the transplant waiting list. Anna has handled the situation with grace and courage and HOPE, all of which she saw in David. Now Joe wears a bracelet for Anna, next to David's. We think of him and his family often, and think that Anna meeting him was somehow part of the divine plan.
Peace and love to the Bailey family from the King family
Pam King
August 18, 2012
I first met David at a national PCUSA Transformation Conference. I, and some clergy colleagues invited him to Long Island first for a concert at C W Post LIU. Then he came back to one of our churches for a concert the following year. Then our church invited him, for two years running. He became a real friend and I shared my and my husband's struggle with Parkinson's disease the summer just before David left us for the heavenly kingdom. He inspired and shared his hope when I needed it most. I will play his music and remember him as long as I live. I am so grateful that God and his family shared David with us all.
Rev. Betsy Simpson
August 18, 2012
I met David when he came to our cancer center to share his message. A fellow cancer patient, I learned a very new way to live with my illness and cancer treatment.
moreover, his family has been and continues to be very kind, and keep his music available for all us who find renewed hope and Gods love there...David truly lives forever and continues to inspire me and those Who listen to his music.
honestly, I wouldn't be alive if I hadn't heard him sing that day in 2006 at Lehigh valley Hospital.
patricia Pasda
August 18, 2012
We released our 8 year old son back to GOD on January 14, 2002 with the same type of tumor that David suffered from. I found great comfort in David's story and his music. I don't think anyone can ever "understand" this type of heartache unless they have "been there" and, quite honestly, I don't think you understand it after you have been through it. But, David's story and GOD gave me hope when the doctors at Duke couldn't. I never got to meet David on this side of heaven, but I know I will one day when I am with my SAVIOR and son again! THANK YOU FOR SHARING and BEING AN ENCOURAGEMENT to OTHERS WHO ARE HURTING! GOD BLESS! Crystal McCormick
Crystal McCormick
August 18, 2012
David is one of my all time favorite singer songwriters ... he got me through some of the toughest times of my life ... I am writing a sermon today and am once again referring to his story of faith, hope and living for today ... He is truly a blessing for all of us for all time.
August 17, 2012
I was thrilled to find one of David's CD "Peace"
at a thrift shop of all places! What a wonderful man....his music is great. I love the CD and have ordered more. Thanks to the Lord for his life and story.
Marilyn Ryan, San Diego Ca.
Marilyn Ryan
June 3, 2012
Had the privilege of meeting David when he performed at a Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center/Norris Cotton Cancer Center event in Fall 2006 in New Hampshire. I am thankful for his ministry to those who traveled the journey with cancer. His ministry continues. I look forward to fellowshipping with David again one day with our Lord Jesus.
Brenda Kline
December 15, 2011
My heart goes out to David's family. His music and message have been a reason to carry on in the most difficult times in my own life. He was a easy person to talk to and he would answer emails. I'm blown away to find out that he is not here with us. I will miss him, but also know that he is in a better place. Alaska misses and will remember David always! Again thank you for sharing your message of hope.
November 20, 2011
I first met David in the Not By Chance days, and I was privileged to see him perform solo several times over the years. His music and his brave fight against the odds have been an inspiration to me and all of those whose lives he touched along the way. He will Live Forever in our hearts
Kelson Slayman
September 29, 2011
I was so sorry to hear of David's death when I heard about it yesterday (Sept. 13, 2011) from an online guitar friend. I met David when I recruited him for a retreat for cancer patients in Hunt, Texas about 4 years ago. I had been a fan of his for a long time and was so jazzed that he was coming to perform at our retreat in the Hill Country of Texas (God's country).What a great guy. I picked him up at the airport and we got to talk all the hour and a half drive to the retreat and many mini-moments during the retreat. He even gave me his bandana at the end of the retreat and his coffe cup(after I begged). I'm such a dork and he was so gracious and kind. My prayers are with his family and I can't wait to see him when I go to Heaven. I bet he is totally jamming for Jesus, just like he did here in the Shadowlands. God bless you all.
Barbra Swanson
September 14, 2011
I met David on the internet after my wife, Marj, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1996. David kindly put me in touch with Dr. Henry Firedman at Duke University Medical Center at which time I was able to have Marj accepted into the same research protocol that David was in. What a blessing. Although Marj only survived for two years following her diagnosis those two years were wonderful because of the absence of side-effects which would have accompanied the standard treatment at the time, i.e., BCNU. I tracked David's ministry and have several of his marvelous CDs. It was great getting to know him, even if only from afar, and be inspired by his life. Bet Marj has been able to meet David in person by now. PS, like David, Marj was a devoted Christian. <
Ronald Furgerson
August 26, 2011
Godspeed, David. It was an amazing journey and one that inspires many still today. Your legacy lives on in the hope of others.
Trish Whalen
July 31, 2011
I first heard David in Montreat, NC during a Sunday morning service in which his father preached. His music was right on the mark. He also performed that afternoon and I went back. Hearing that he was a "java junkie" made it even better. I was searching on Facebook today to see if he had a page - because I had been listening to his music during lunch - and found that he has passed away in Oct. I know you do not know me, but please accept my condolences. I have listened to his music ever since that summer in Montreat. In fact, my family always asks - "Do you ever listen to anything else?". Besides the "Java Junkie" song, I love -"The First Breakfast", "Anymore", "Angel in the Attic". Again, I am just heartbroken to hear of your loss. His music was just healing for the soul. I cannot even express what it means to me.
Sheila Hester
April 25, 2011
As I always told you whenever we saw each other, "I'll see you down the road"
Bruce Blount
April 23, 2011
David was a friend of a friend and more importantly a friend on a mission from God. He touched so many lives with his music, with his stories,just with the precious spirit God gave him. What an inspiration! you know its a great thing to touch a person life to get them thinking but to touch a soul like David did... he led my friend to Christ, to his Salvation! what a glorious mission to fulfill. May your gentle soul rest in peace until our heavenly father comes for us... friends in Christ, friends for Life and ever after!
Rosa Schuh
April 22, 2011
I met David at a small country Church heere in upsate NY.It was an eye opener for my self and a great inspiration for my songwriting.Davids soul is and forever will be in his heartfull songs .Thankyou David and you will always live within the hearts you have touched..Dee Meese,Schoharie ,NY
Dee Meese
April 22, 2011
Jennifer Grace
April 21, 2011
Jennifer Grace
April 21, 2011
I was fortunate to have met David at our church two years ago. Not only did he perform for our congregation, he did a private show at a church member's home - unforgettable.
Mike Lee
April 21, 2011
Dear Leslie and family,
I was saddened to hear of David's passing. I met him a number of years ago on Brain Trust's support group and through the years learned of his brain tumor journey and his love for music and how he had an art of inspiring and giving people hope. His love of his family and java.....He definetly will be missed!
Toni Levinson
April 21, 2011
I am drnking a large cup of fair trade coffee in thankful remembrance of David's visit to our home and church.
Richard Hunt
April 21, 2011
I had just found out David had passed away, I was able to attend the last church that he had sang at in Iowa and my heart had gone out to him that night because his body was weary but the spirit of the Lord was shinning in his eyes.
I really prayed for him because I to had, had cancer(colon) so I know how draining it could be!
I believe that he was an angel among us.
Lord please Bless his family!
Alesia Gillam
April 20, 2011
Deeply missed. What a magnificent man and gift to so many.
Loretta Ross
March 4, 2011
Dear Bailey Family
February 27, 2011
I am heartbroken to just be learning of this ... I read about David in an article a couple of years ago and he touched me very much - I love his music and will continue to be inspired by his story. blessings to his family, debbie
debbie hartsog
January 13, 2011
During my last year of radiation oncology residency, my wife, my daughter (who was a 1-year old), and I had the pleasure of meeting David at a cancer survivor retreat in Hunt, Texas in May 2007. As a guitar player myself, I loved his music and my favorite album is still "Coffee with the Angels." The sound from his Martin guitar was just spectacular.

It was amazing to hear how he was one of the first GBM patients to get a chemotherapy drug called temozolamide, many years before it became the standard of care. David has demonstrated that GBM does not have to be an immediate death sentence. I often mention his story to my newly diagnosed GBM patients, so they can see what a rich life David lived after chemo and radiation treatments.

I only learned of his death this December, when I went to visit my former training program. Sadly, the director of the cancer retreat informed me that David had passed away. I was always hoping to cross paths with him again, but am thankful that I at least had the opportunity to have coffee with an angel.
Join Luh
December 27, 2010
Meeting and hearing David over three years ago profoundly shaped my faith and sense of call. The voice of his honest creative self will be sorely missed. His connection with God created openings for others to experience the touch of the sacred in the mess of living. May God's comfort be with you all during this time.
Rev. Barbara Huisman
December 15, 2010
My husband heard of David while researching brain cancer and possible treatment centers because our nephew had been diagnosed with same type of brain cancer. When contacted, David emailed back and told of his doctor and treatment at Duke. He even offered to contact my sister-in-law to tell of his journey with treating the tumor.
Our nephew was seen at Duke, thanks to David sharing his story with us. Our nephew died 2 years ago (he did not chose to receive treatment at Duke due to the distance from his home on the west coast)but we were grateful to have had a link to David M. Bailey because we appreciated his beautiful music. My daughter even named her Relay for Life team "Keep on Walking" after one of David's song titles.. we have one of his CD's and that truly was one of David's greatest gifts.. his music. God bless David's family and thank you for sharing him while he performed.
December 10, 2010
Amazing, amazing guy! Such an incredible witness for Jesus. I know he is directing the choirs in heaven, making beautiful music there.
Rick Myers
November 15, 2010
i would not be alive today, if it weren't for his music. THANK YOU DAVID! u shall be missed greatly. I first saw/heard him at NWMC in 1998.
emily paul
November 10, 2010
When my dear brother-in-law was diagnosed with a GBM 6 1/2 years ago we were devastated. We researched treatment options and chose the Brain Tumor Center at Duke University for treatment. After watching the 60 Minutes segment on David I e-mailed him about my brother in law Cam. David wrote back and gave us hope. Cam spent 6 1/2 years traveling to Duke monthly for treatment and we are so greatful for the time we had with him.

I am so very sorry to hear of David's passing but happy that he was given 14 years. Dear Cam passed away Oct. 23, 2010. We are so blessed to have had the time we did with him. We are so greatful for the dedicated Doctors at Duke.

May God bless your family and be at your side during this difficult time.

Feel no guilt in laughter.
He knows how much you cared.
Try to think of happiness,
that all of us have shared.

We shouldn't grieve forever.
He would never want us to.
He'd hope that we can carry on,
the way we used to do.

So talk about the good times,
the ways you showed you cared,
the days you spent together,
and all the love you shared.

And if you keep these memories,
you will never be apart,
and he will live forever
locked safely in your heart.

The angels came for him
much sooner than we'd planned.
So now we pull together
and try to understand.

David M. Bailey and Cameron J. Mitchell were true heros.
October 25, 2010
I'm so sorry for your lost. Sara if you are reading this, I hope you and your family know how much David represented the word faith. When man says no, God says yes. I am so glad the world got to experience one of God's precious gifts for another twelve years. I do think about you Sara, and I will continue to keep you and your family lifted up in prayer.

All my love, Danielle (Dawson) Webster
Danielle Webster
October 24, 2010
I have fond memories of hearing David sing and play music when I was home to go to BRPC with my parents. His words and his spirit lifted and inspired me. He will continue to do that for others even though he is no longer with us. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Aliceson Johnson
October 24, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear this. David was a guest of ours a few years back in Marquette, Michigan, to benefit brain cancer research and advocacy. He sang and played the guitar. To this day, it remains one of the most uplifting events I have ever been a part of. He will be sorely missed. My prayers go to him and his family.

Jim LaJoie
Marquette General Foundation
Jim LaJoie
October 19, 2010
God Bless You, David. You ran the race set before you and you inspired many along the way.
Your music is a treasure and will live on forever. Thank you.
In Christ
Christiann DeFries
October 17, 2010
My condolences to david's family and friends. I met david (his spelling)in D.C. at a concert for the National Catholic College Student Association. I was taken by him and invited him to play for us at the Newman Center at Towson University in Maryland. He did that on two separate occasions. I bring words of condolences from all those he touched at Towson. David will never be forgotten by any of us. He gave us hope. He continues to give us hope in the legacy he left for us - his life and his recordings. But the greatest legacy was to have met him. I thank God for sending david into my life. May he now rest in peace. Be concealed in God, dear friend, and keep an eye on us all.
Father Bob Albright
Robert Albright
October 16, 2010
What a special, inspiring person! Davd inspired me and all the members of our cancer support group at Martha Jefferson Hospital for years. I remember one day finding a 'One More Day" mug and a cd on my porch. I was enthralled and deeply changed. Since then, I have shared his amazing music with many people. He's like that: he makes us want to love and share. One day I had the distinct honor of serving him a cup of (black!) coffee; that is a special memory for me. My thoughts, prayers and good wishes are with his family. His sweet love for them is palpable in his music.
Nan Mayer
October 14, 2010
To David's Family and Friends, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember vividly the first time I ever heard David's music. I was sitting in the student health center on my college campus back in 2000 and One More Day was playing. Once I learned of the artist's name, I looked him up and have been inspired and moved by David's life and music ever since. As I struggled loosing a dear friend to cancer recently, listening to David's words helped me see the hope and gift found in life. He will be missed by thousands upon thousands around the world and he will be missed by me. You and yours will be in my thoughts and prayers for years to come.
October 14, 2010
I saw you once at church in West Des Moines , Iowa-- You touched me that day- inspired me- as I'm sure you did many- what a wonderful life you had- how many lives you touched- how many
October 13, 2010
I saw you once at church in West Des Moines , Iowa-- You touched me that day- inspired me- as I'm sure you did many- what a wonderful life you had- how many lives you touched- how many
Nancy Gorlich
October 13, 2010
As my sister fought her own battle against a brain tumor, David’s story was an inspiration--a beacon of hope. Of particular significance were his comment and subsequent lyrics that reminded us “If ‘there's one chance in 500, someone's gotta be the one.’ Never stop thinking that you're the one.” We held tightly to that possibility for the duration of the battle.
God called my sister (Kristi Dart, “Angel Unaware,” ABTA Garden of Hope) home to be healed on October 16, 2001. I am sure she was among the many to welcome David and I look forward to meeting him when I see her again. While I only knew him through his songs and story, I nevertheless feel the loss…
KarenDawn Tooren
October 13, 2010
I never had the pleasure of meeting David but he sounds like a man I would have loved. His obituary has touched me to the point that I needed to add a message.
I want the family and friends of David to know that even after his passing, he is still touching other's hearts. I know he has mine. His "Theme" touched me in a personal way and I have written it down (giving David credit for it), and plan to keep it in a place where I see it daily to remind myself that no matter how unhappy the past may have been, I have one more day to choose to make the most of.
Thank you, David!!!!
Byron Harris
October 13, 2010
Thank you David. Thank you for the hope. You fought a good fight. Till we see you again.
Iam BrotherH
October 12, 2010
David M Bailey changed my lifeand helped me turn cancer into a chronic illness rather than a death sentence... I have fought these fie years and on days like today...when a doctor tells me i wont liv long from the resulting radiation syndrome, I think of the first moment i heard David at Lehigh Valley Hospital... Love to the family who shared him with the world... thank you David, I keep playing your songs for everyone I know, pece and keep on keepin on Patti PAsda bethlehem pa
patti pasda
October 12, 2010
What a voice he had, glad that I could hear it today when I needed it so, wish that I could have heard him in person. God Bless all who loved this wonderful man. He is released from his pain
October 12, 2010
I didn't know David but when I read the obituary online I went to his website. What beautiful song I listened too. He is an Angel and it gave me strength since my daughter passed away 2 months ago of terminal cancer and his song gave me such a peace of calm in my heart. I know he will be missed by all but God always has his reasons for taking a love one. Be strong and Bless you all.
October 11, 2010
To David's family in your time of sorrow.

I never had a chance to meet David, however, my husband Barry, & I talked with David on the telephone several times. You see, Barry was also diagnosed with a GBM in Aug. 2006. We also had the same doctors at Duke that David did. We always tried to keep up with David's website. David's words of inspiration gave my husband the hope he needed to keep on fighting for his life against this deadly disease.

Although my Barry died Sept. 21, 2009 he never gave up the hope of defeating this devastating cancer. David's words meant so much to Barry and truly inspired him to go on fighting.

May all of his family find peace in knowing that David is walking among the angels now. I am sure that my Barry was just one of many to greet your David into the gates of Heaven.
May you find peace and have great strength in the days to come.

In deepest sympathy,
Mrs. Anne Carnes
Anne Carnes
October 10, 2010
To Davids' family especially his father Ken,his Aunt Doris Milligan and his cousin Laurie Milligan. I am deeply sorry for "our" loss I have met and loved David and his music and strong christian outreach. I am a cancer survivor for the past 14 yrs. and his music and life have been an inspiration through some very tough times in my life Peace be with you all. Dick and Joan Knox- Meadville, PA
Dick Knox
October 10, 2010
To the family,

I was very sorry to read about your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the words found at Isa. 33:24 which say that soon no one will say 'I am sick. You have me deepest sympathies.

The Bourke family
October 9, 2010
Leslie, Cameron & Kelcey, we want you to know that we are here for you if you need anything, and you are in our thoughts and prayers! We offer you our condolences and wish you peace on your new journey. (David, ROCK ON!) {>

The Tavenner Family
Stephanie Tavenner
October 9, 2010
I've listened to David's cds so many times over the years...Leslie and Kelcey, I am thrilled that we were able to see each other this summer. Today, i'll dedicate every expresso to David, knowing how much of a coffee lover he was. Thanks for the inspiration David, your spirit and voice live on.
Much love to Leslie and your family.
joelle, GCC'85
October 7, 2010
David's music is his legacy and will live on in our hearts. He was an inspiration to all, in how he lived his life and fought the good fight! He will truly be missed by all... Leslie and children, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Charlottesville, VA
October 7, 2010
Very sorry for your loss! I remember David at GCC. What amazing God given blessed man with talent and passion for life. Praying for family and friends.
Joe Kaufer
October 7, 2010
You fought the good fight, my friend. RIP.
October 7, 2010
My prayers are with your family. My daughter Erica was treated at Duke's brain tumor center and we were very inspired by David and his love for life. We never were fortunate enough to meet him, but we will never forget him. God bless.
Karen Gunter
October 7, 2010
Leslie, Tom and I continue to pray for Kelcey, Cameron, and you. We know how much you all miss David. He was a gift and an inspiration, as were the last 14 years!
Elizabeth Skinner
October 6, 2010
What an amazing man. I didn't know David personally but I do know he will be missed by all.
October 6, 2010
Leslie, I want you to know that it was the way that David lived his life and his songs that allowed Marguerite to be at peace with her life and death which, in turn allowed her to help sooo many others. Marguerite being at peace was the greatest gift I ever received and has provided me with such comfort during this first year without her. As so many others have said thank you for sharing david with us and know that I am here if there is any way I can be of help as you begin to ask your own "what now?".
Kevin Sciuk
October 6, 2010
David always had a smile on his face when he'd come into the Earlysville Post office to mail his CDs and he'd always bring me the latest one. I'm glad I was able to attend several of his local concerts. I'll miss him, but what a time he must be having seeing his Lord & Saviour face to face. Darlene ( Earlysville, VA)
October 6, 2010
Hello Family and Friends of David. I did not know your husband and father. But I frequently read the online obituaries and guestbooks. What a ministry to the heart!! David seemed just like an angel. I went to the website and listened to the beautiful music. It really touched my heart. May God's peace comfort you during this difficult time. It appears that he knew the Lord. Find peace in knowing that he is in Heaven with Christ.
October 6, 2010
I met david at the World Mission Conference in 1999, a year after I had cancer related surgery. He was very encouraging. I am honored to have met him.
October 6, 2010
Very blessed to have discovered David and his music a couple years ago.Every time I shared his music..many were blessed.To his family,you were indeed blessed to have him in your lives.Earth's loss is truly Heaven's gain.My sincere sympathy to all who loved him.
Allecia Imboden
October 5, 2010
I was honored to be able to write a small article about David in a recent issue of the Martin Guitar Sounding Board. Hopefully, some people became fans of his because of it. He will be so sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. RIP, David. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Len Jaffe
October 5, 2010
When I lose a friend, and know I will not see them again for a long long time, I feel as if the blue dome surrounding my world has broken and there is a savage tear in that protective bubble. This hole is made by the shooting star of this person's soul, which shows us the way into the universe of God. We are so far down here and they get to travel and see the face of God. I will miss knowing you were in my world, David, and will miss so much the poems and comments that you sent. Prayers to you and for your wonderful family.
Kent&Cathleen Krepps
October 5, 2010
David was an inspiration to my dad, who was also affected by a brain tumor. My dad saught out David to talk to at Relay for life ( 2002 or 2003 ?) My dad was moved by their conversation and impressed by David's strength and courage.
October 5, 2010
Dear Leslie, Kelcey and Cameron, I know you only through David's obvious and expressed love for you. He was an extraordinary man, messenger/teacher and musician/artist, and he will be remembered and missed by thousands. I've had the privilege several times of playing in concert with him and his cousin Bruce here in the Twin Cities MN area, and I'll treasure those memories always. Peace be with you, and thank you for sharing David with a world that needed him intensely.
John Evans
October 4, 2010
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