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Walter Bailes
Birth: Jan. 17, 1920
Death: Nov. 27, 2000
Sevierville
Sevier County
Tennessee, USA

Songwriter, Musician. A member of the famous country music group "The Bailes Brothers", he was a writer of religious and secular songs and wrote most of his group's music. His best known works included "Dust on the Bible," and "Give Mother My Crown." The former was often sung by Kitty Wells, and the later popularized by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Walter and his brothers Homer, John, and Kyle seldom appeared together and usually paired off in various combinations. Walter and his brother John were stars of "the Grand Ole Opry" on Nashville's WSM radio station during the middle 1940s. In 1946, he started working for KWKH radio station in Shreveport, Louisiana. During that period of his career he helped form the group "Louisiana Hayride." He played a significant role in starting the career of the legendary Hank Williams, Sr. In 1947, he began serving as a minister within the evangelical churches and therefore was replaced by his brother Homer in the duo. He preached numerous revivals both in the United States and overseas in addition to attending to the needs of his congregations. Under the King label, Walter and his brother John again joined forces as a gospel duo in the year 1953. Walter later formed the White Dove label and recorded numerous solo albums. During the final phase of his career he continued to cut records and attend public appearances in various combinations with his brothers. His song "Dust on the Bible" was included within the Smithsonian Institution's Songwriters Museum. (bio by: Steve Corley) 
 
Burial:
Shiloh Memorial Cemetery
Pigeon Forge
Sevier County
Tennessee, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Steve Corley
Record added: Jan 11, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8261316
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rest in peace
- margaret nelson
 Added: Mar. 13, 2014

- MosherSt.Munger
 Added: Nov. 27, 2013
This custom flower is from his album cover entitled, "Final Tour." Walter is no longer on tour but is resting in Jesus. I was fortunate to see him and his brother in concert 5 months before he died in Tickfaw, Louisiana, at the Country Village Gospel Re...(Read more)
- Cory
 Added: Sep. 25, 2013
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