The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 5, 2014

Obituaries — Wednesday, March 5, 2013

Robert L. Bays

VICTOR — Robert L. Bays, 85, of Horseshoe Road, Victor, escorted by heavenly angels passed from his temporary home at Mary’s Garden Center in Oak Hill, to his eternal home in Heaven on Monday, March 3, 2014,  to be reunited with his wife of 63 years, Ethel Mae Bays, who preceded him in death in September, 2012; also preceded in death by two children, Robert Dale Bays and Herschel Franklin Bays; two great grandchildren; his parents, Leland Bays and Bernice Bays; as well as two sisters, Evelyn and Helen.

Bob was born on March 19, 1928 at Nallen, W.Va., served his Country as a Combat Soldier during the Korean War and spent many years working in the timber industry. Above everything Bob greatly enjoyed spending time with his family, listening to and singing Christian hymns. Prior to his illness, Bob was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who enjoyed sitting around the campfire with his sons and sons-in-law. Bobs laugh and his smile as well as his kindness will be missed beyond words, however it’s our belief in Gods Word that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved and to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord that gives us the confidence that we will be together again for eternity.

Survivors include his brother, Orville Ray Bays of Colorado; daughters, Karol Haynes and husband, Charlie of Oak Hill, Kathy Bragg and husband, Ken of Fayetteville, Bobbie Joe Hornsby and husband, Gary of Fayetteville, Marcelle Cole and husband, Darrell of Saturday Road Victor, Helen Whited and husband, David of Beckley; two sons, David Bays and wife Brenda of Victor, LeLand Bays and wife, Jo Ann of Burlington, N.C.; 15 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren as well as a very special childhood friend, James Cole of Charleston.

The family would like to thank everyone at Mary’s Garden for the kindness and care they have shown to our special loved one Robert L. Bays.

Pallbearers will be, Jason Bragg, Wayne Hornsby, Brian Cole, Andrew Bragg, Robert Bays, David Bays and Leland Bays

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Morris Nutter officiating. Burial will follow in Chestnut Grove Cemetery at Nallen, with Military Rites.

Friends may call at the Funeral Home Chapel Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.

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