West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Derek Bailey Photo Derek Scott Bailey came into this world earlier than expected on December 3, 1984 at 6:04 am. He was one half of a whole. He weighed a mere 3 pounds, 2 ounces. He met the challenge of being born early and small, the way he met every challenge in his life … with strength and faith in the Lord.
Derek spent his childhood outside. Derek loved being in nature and that is what made him the happiest. He would fish and draw. He would turn over rocks looking for bugs and snakes, most of the time successfully. He loved all animals, from baby birds to snakes and everything in between. He was constantly bringing home rescued animals to care for. Derek was kind, and loving to everyone he met. His best friends in this life were mainly cousins, as family was very important to Derek. Derek took each tragic death in his family hard, and grieved greatly.
Derek met each day with beautiful, big, brown eyes, softly spoken words, and a million watt smile. He would light up every life he touched. Derek left this world the way he came into it, earlier than expected on January 11, 2017. Derek was a beloved grandson, son, father, nephew and uncle. His grandparents were the late Charles C. and Mary Bailey. He was the nephew of James and Terry Bailey and the son of Sherri L. Bailey (Neal), all of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. Derek was the father to a little piece of Heaven named, Michael Scott Bailey, who was born on April 26, 2004 at 1:14 pm.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Randy Livingston officiating.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 1:00 PM until service time at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.

Services are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.



  1. Missi James
    January 14, 2017 @ 12:20 pm

    My heart is with you on this day, I am sorry I was unable to make the service. Please contact me if you need anything.


  2. Margie Ellison Busch
    January 16, 2017 @ 8:41 am

    Sherri, I am so sorry for your loss of Derek. Sending prayers for comfort and peace. Love you to the moon and back. Please call me when you have had some time to grieve or if you just wanna talk, now. 504 667 3097 Miss you and sending hugs….


  3. Cindi Poulson and Barbara Poulson
    January 16, 2017 @ 4:41 pm

    Sherri, We are so sorry for your loss. I remember the day you told my dad you had named Derek after him, he teared up over it, he always thought of you like his other daughter. There are no words to express how much our hearts hurt for you. We love you and think of you often. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers and may God comfort you and know that Derek Scott is now with all of our beloved angels.


  4. Terri Hull
    January 20, 2017 @ 8:27 pm

    Sherri so Sorry for your loss.


  5. Leann
    April 1, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

    Omg I was wondering why I haven’t heard anything from him in years. Sherri I’m so sorry . I’ve been trying to find away to get a hold of you. My heart breaks..what happened, I still cant believe this my heart is pounding fast. R.I.P derek love you always have


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