Frederick Bayless was born January 4, 1931 in Coolidge, Limestone County, Texas to Virgil Parks and Velma Laura (Hendrick) Bayless. He was a graduate of Trinidad High School.
On May 27, 1951 he and Mildred Joyce McLaughlin were married in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from February 14, 1952 to November 14, 1953.
They came to Rockdale in 1953 where he was a Control Room Operator with Industrial Generating Company in Rockdale for 26 years. He was a charter member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church. They left Rockdale in 1980 living in several towns, and he worked 10 years as maintainence director with the Public School System. They returned to Rockdale in 1994.
Frederick passed away Monday morning, July 27, 2009 in the Richards Memorial Hospital, reaching the age of 78. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James Bayless on April 4, 2009.
Surviving are; His wife of 58 years, Joyce Bayless of Rockdale. Son, Landis Bayless and wife Edie of Fairfield. Daughter, Lynette Bayless Waltisperger and husband Ron of Round Rock. Three brothers, Virgil Parks Bayless of Denton, Pete Bayless of Georgetown and Jack Bayless of Houston. Five grandchildren, Kelly Ridge and husband Michael of League City, Jennifer Berryhill and husband Brett of Leander, Joshua Bayless and wife Miranda of Fairfield, Shelby Bayless of Fairfield and Ashley Cardiff of Katy. Six great grandchildren, Austin and Addison Ridge, Landry Bayless, Brendon, Emily and Luke Berryhill.
Pallbearers, Ron Waltisperger, Bill Driggers, Jr., Brett Weaver, Kurt Weaver, Josh Bayless, Gordon Ferguson, Wesley Ferguson.
Services were held on Thursday, July 30, 2009 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Rockdale. Dr. Joe Bean of Alvarado, Texas, Rev. Rick Hertless of Meadowbrook Baptist and Col. Gene Weaver, Retired officiated
Memorials may be made to; The RotaryFoundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693 or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 541, Rockdale, Texas 76567.