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Rex Hailey funeral 11am St. Paul’s Berlin
September 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am
12/28/1946 to 9/6/2017
Mayor Rex Wayne Hailey, age 70, passed on to a better place on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Harrison House Nursing and Rehab Center in Snow Hill. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Rex and Nancy Adkins Hailey. He is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, Shirley Chenoweth Hailey, AKA “Shirley Toms” and children Amanda Pennewell of Berlin, and Jeremy Pennewell of Edgewater, NJ. He was an adored grandfather to Brooks and Liam McCready. Preceding him in death were two sisters, Doris Oliver and Lillian McCoy, and his Pug Cheswick. Also surviving are 2 nieces, Nancy, Susan, and sister-niece Linda, four nephews, four step children, and their adopted Turkish family.
From the desk of Fr. Matt:
“But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
For though in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself”
Beloved in Christ:
There are certain journeys that we take as a congregation. Because we are one body, we are able to accompany one another on their individual journey as well. I feel that, as a loving family, we have accompanied Rex Hailey on his particular path as he and Shirley faced the challenges of his health. Each of us have particular and fond remembrances of the time we cherish and were able to spend with Rex.
Today, Rex has taken another step in his journey toward salvation. Shirley has lovingly given Rex back to the loving and faithful God who has given Rex to us. This afternoon, Rex Hailey died surrounded by his loving and faithful wife and family at the Harrison House.
Shirley has anticipated this, as have the congregation who loved him so tenderly. There is pain in the moment of loss, but we are certain in the faithfulness of God, who in His Word, has assured us that Rex is going to prepare a place for us and will greet us when we are welcomed into the Kingdom.
Shirley has indicated that the plans for our congregational tribute to Rex are still pending. Please keep posted as we announce the particulars. In your charity, please remember Shirley and her family in your prayers and pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of a true gentleman, Rex Hailey.
(The Rev’d) Matthew Justin D’Amario
St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
302 North Baltimore Avenue
Ocean City, MD 21842
Office (410) 289-3453
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