Nancy Way Bady
Mother Nancy Way Bady was born May 24, 1919 in McIntosh, Ga. She was the first born of five children to the union of the late Henry Way and Susan Singleton Way. She was educated in the public school for “Colored People” in Liberty County, Ga.
At an early age, Nancy accepted Christ as her personal Savior and continued fellowship and devotion to Him throughout her life. Mother Nancy Way Bady was a faithful member of Hutchinson Station A.M.E. Church as a child. After moving to Callahan, Fla., she continued in the Christian faith by serving at Bethel A.M.E. Church. There she served on the Stewardess Board, Missionary Board and Hospitality Committee. She also sang in the choir under Alvesta Bell and Beaufort Ward.
As a teenager, Nancy followed the love of her life to Callahan. There she and her sweetheart, Clarence Bady, were married in holy matrimony. To this union, no children were born. However, their home was there for all the nieces and nephews. They raised as their own nephews 1st Lt. Henry Lee Scott and Brother Howard Scott.
Affectionately known as Aunt Bee or Queen Bee, she loved people and especially children. She provided afterschool care too. Aunt Bea enjoyed cooking and gardening, especially flowers, peas, collards, speckled butterbeans, oranges, grapes and pecans.
She was a very well-known cook at the popular Rainbow Restaurant in Callahan. After many years of dedicated service at the Nassau County Board of Education, the State of Florida retired her as a Florida State Merit Employee.
As the Queen was quickly approaching the age of 90, she decided to return to her roots and relocated to Liberty County under the watchful care of her niece, Edna Scott Walthour. There, Mother Bady continued in the Christian fellowship at St. Peter’s A.M.E. Church under the covering of Pastor Debbie Grant Neal.
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at the age of 100, Mother Nancy Way Bady peacefully entered into eternal rest with her Heavenly Father. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Bady; sisters, Ida Mae Way Holmes and Viola Way Henry; and her only brother, James Way.
The Queen leaves to cherish her memory one sister, Helen Way Scott; nephew, Howard J. (Cheryl) Scott; her African son who she sponsored from Tanzania, Francis Xavier Mbenna; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Her homegoing celebration was held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at noon at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Callahan with Host Pastor Marva T. Mitchell as eulogist and Pastor Debbie Grant Neal of St. Peter’s A.M.E. Church officiating. Interment was in Callahan Community Cemetery.
Final arrangements entrusted to Hall, Jones and Brown Funeral Home in Brunswick, Ga.