Alton Luke Bailey

August 17, 1928December 2, 2013
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Alton Luke Bailey went to be with his Savior on Monday, December 2, 2013. He was born August 17, 1928 to Nora and Luke Bailey and raised in Blossom, Texas. He graduated from high school at age 15 and graduated from Texas A & M University with a degree in Agriculture Economics. He received a master’s degree in Agriculture Economics from NMSU. He married the love of his life, Madine Ayres in Pecos, Texas and they raised their family in Anthony. His accomplishments were many. He served as the Department Head of Agriculture Extension Services at NMSU. He was a commercial farmer growing onions, chile, and lettuce and was a consultant to farmers throughout the U.S. He owned Bailey Seed Co. and had clients worldwide. He was honored as professor emeritus at NMSU. He was also honored to address the U.S. Congress in 1979. He was a deacon at FBC, Anthony and taught Sunday School for many years. He served terms on the Anthony Town Council. He also served in the U.S. Army and the New Mexico National Guard. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Madine, his son Gary, his parents, and his brothers. He is survived by his three children, Steven Bailey, Kenneth Bailey and wife Josie, his daughter Janet Booth and husband Dale, grandchildren Richie Booth, Bailey Booth, Joshua Luke Bailey, and Thomas Booth, sister, Telia Baughn, brother-in-law Jim Ayres, sister-in-law Ann Ayres, sister-in-law Cruz Ayres, also several nieces and nephews. We love you Daddy. We look forward to joining you, Mother, Gary, and our dear Savior, Jesus Christ. What a day that will be! Visitation will be Thursday, December 5 from 6 to 8 PM at Martin Funeral Home West. Funeral Service will be Friday, December 6 at 10 AM at First Baptist Church, 201 Lincoln, Anthony NM. Internment to follow at Memory Gardens of the Valley Cemetery, 4900 McNutt Rd, Santa Teresa, NM. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, TX.


  • Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 6, 2013

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Jerriann Bailey Garcia

December 17, 2013

Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Uncle Alton's loved ones and friends.

Lorie (Lett) Wallace

December 12, 2013

May God bless you all during this time of sorrow. Mr. Bailey was truly an amazing man. He could always put a smile on my face with his kind words.

Mike Casey

December 12, 2013

Mr. Bailey,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served in the U.S. Army and NMARNG. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy:

December 8, 2013

To the Bailey Family,
My deepest sympathy to all of you. Mr. Bailey was a great gentleman and will be missed forever.

Mr. & Mrs. Danny Levario

Billy & Bobby Ann (Vinzant) Dictson

December 7, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. We enjoyed knowing and working with Alton for many years. He will be missed by many.

Sandra zlatkovich

December 7, 2013

Kenny I pray peace for you and your family. Mr. Bailey was my second dad and loved him very much. God bless your family.

December 7, 2013

Steven ( and family),
I am thinking of you and yours during this sad time. Thou I never met your father I was fortunate to meet your lovely mother here in Denver. Knowing you Steve, your daddy must have been quite a
Much love sent your way,
Sharilyn Kal
Denver, Co.

The Morales Family Peppes

December 7, 2013

From our Family, here, At Peppes Restaurant, we extend our dearest condolences. It was Always a pleasure to serve Mr.Bailey and he will forever be remembered.

Houston Dougharty

December 6, 2013

We are thinking of you today. Your dad was always so kind and thoughtful -- I admired and appreciated him. Fondly,
Houston Dougharty

Alice Ward

December 6, 2013

Dear Janet and Family,
I am sorry to read about the loss of your Dad. I enjoyed meeting your parents the times you and Terrie got together. Terrie would also add her condolences if she were here.