An estimated 2,000 people showed up at the Belleville United Methodist Church in Texas last Friday to pay final respects to a newlywed Christian couple who died shortly after their wedding less than a week earlier.
According to ABC 13, an estimated 2,000 people filled Bellville’s United Methodist Church and its overflow area, and spent some four hours remembering the late couple, William Troy Byler and his new wife, Bailee Raye Ackerman Byler, who were described as being meant for each other in separate obituaries.
“Will brought so much positivity and happiness to her life and they were inseparable. We know there are angels among us for they showed up that starry night to fly them to their eternal home. Bailee Raye will be truly missed by all who knew her. Until we meet again there will not be a moment her and Will are not in our hearts with plenty of memories to share,” Bailee’s obituary said.
“If you knew Will, you knew he loved with every being in his body. He never met a stranger and would do anything for anybody at the drop of a hat. He wore his heart on his sleeve. It shined through the biggest dimples you have ever seen with the sweetest smile. Will was always the life of the party and kept a smile on everyone’s face. Will had so many friends that were near and dear to his heart,” the late groom’s obituary explained.
“When Will met Bailee he was forever changed. She was his saving grace. He knew she was his soulmate from the beginning. Bailee made his eyes brighter and his smile bigger. She was his world and he would do anything to make her happy. Will’s love for the Lord showed in how he loved Bailee. They had a special kind of love. A love that was too perfect for this broken world. Now they will have a perfect marriage and spend an eternal honeymoon together with Our Savior,” it added.
Bailee was the only daughter for her parents while William was his parents’ only son.
A separate funeral was held for Bailee a day earlier at Turning Point Church of Vidor. Proceedings at both events were kept private.
Those who were not able to share in the funeral on Friday paid their respects in different ways in Belleville Square where flowers were placed in front of a store owned by the Byler family. White ribbons were also wrapped around brown poles to remember the couple.
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Source: Baptist Press