James William Bays Sr., 100, of Terre Haute, passed away at 11:46 a.m. Oct. 17, 2017, in his home surrounded by family. He was born April 9, 1917, to James Thomas and Mertie Bays.
He was a railroad conductor for Louisville and Nashville Railroad. At an early age he worked as a firefighter with the Civilian Conservation Corps in California. James served as secretary of the United Transportation Union, Fraternal Order of Eagles Golden Eagle member, and is a member of the Clay City Assembly of God Church. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed hunting, camping, watching western movies starring John Wayne, spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was known for his many stories.
James was preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas and Mertie Bays; brothers, Chester Bays and Andy Fisher; sisters, Dorothy Huey and Maudie Ray; and one granddaughter, Amanda Harris.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Roberta Bays; sons, James Bays Jr. (Marge), Daniel Bays (Janet), David Bradbury (Delana), Gary Bays (Jennifer Moore) and Wayne Bays (Cindy Cox); daughters, Dianna McGanahan (Sam), Darla Bays, Cheryl Bays Arnett (Phillip Reason) and Carolyn Rader (James); 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at DeBaun Funeral Home, 85 E. Springhill Drive, in Terre Haute on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon with services to follow with Pastor Brad Porter officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Wabash Valley. Online condolences may be left at:
Published on October 18, 2017