Charles Fredrick “Fred” Bayliss, 95, of Rushsylvania, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at Logan Acres Care Center, with his family at his side.
He was born near Rushsylvania on Feb. 17, 1919, to the late Fred E. and Hazel Belle Jacobs Bayliss.
On June 5, 1942, he married Alice Lucille Dean in Covington, Ky., and she preceded him in death May 14, 2009. He also was preceded in death by brothers, Thurman Bayliss and Robert Bayliss; a sister, Ruth Terrill; and granddaughter, Jessica Robin Bayliss.
Survivors include four sons, Bill (JoAnn) Bayliss of West Mansfield, John (Sharon) Bayliss and Doug (Terri) Bayliss, both of Rushsylvania and Dan (Freida) Bayliss of Bardstown, Ky.; three daughters, Cindy (Randy) Johnson of Weston, Jannice (Jeff) Hall of East Liberty and Beccy (Joe) Ramsey of Ridgeway; 29 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Donald (Mary) Bayliss of Dublin; a sister-in-law, Martha Bayliss of Bellefontaine; and several nieces and nephews.
A 1938 graduate of Rushsylvania High School, he retired after 35 years as a general contractor and master finish carpenter and had built some of the most prominent homes in Logan County. He often commented, “I always worked for the best people.”
As a member of the Rushsylvania Church of Christ, he had served as a deacon, elder and board member, and took an active interest in the Rushsylvania community in positions as a Rushcreek Township trustee, volunteer fireman and village council member. For many years, he represented the Patrons Mutual Insurance Company as a property and casualty agent.
Pastor Lynn Cleaveland and grandsons-in-law, the Rev. David Smyth and Brad Snyder, officiate a funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at the Rushsylvania Church of Christ, where visitation is from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the funeral. Burial is at Rushsylvania Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rushsylvania Church of Christ and Logan Acres Foundation.
Arrangements were handled by Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, 222 W. Center St., West Mansfield, where condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.