CHARLESTON – Terry Bayes, 63, of rural Charleston, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer with his loved ones by his side.
Memorial visitation will be Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home. Friends will be invited to share memories in a short service, beginning at 12:00 p.m. Casual attire requested, camo welcomed.
Terry was born February 26, 1956 at Charleston, son of Billy Lowell and Evelyn (Kirkley) Bayes. He married Cindy Hite, September 23, 1989 at Charleston; she survives. Also surviving are his two beloved Chihuahuas: Tucker and Benson; two brothers: Larry (Kimberly Bryant) Bayes of Logan, WV and Bill Bayes of Redmon, IL; one sister: Sheila (Shawn) Walton of Redmon, IL; mother-in-law: Rosie Hite of Rardin; one sister-in-law: Priscilla (Terry) Parker of Rardin; three brother-in-laws: Randy Hite of Bushton, Roger (Lisa Gordon) Hite of Rardin, and Ryan Hite of Rardin; nieces and nephews: Veronica DePew, Crystal Bayes, Amanda Bayes-Johnson, Zach Walton, Bradley Ryan Walton, Rhett Hite, Terry Parker Jr., Teresa McKinney, and Anthony Parker. Twenty-two great-nieces and great-nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents: Lester and Doris Bayes, John Henry and Pearl Kirkley; and father-in-law: Rod Hite.
Terry was a Grounds worker at EIU. He was a former member of the Moose and had been recognized as a Master Gardener and Beekeeper. He earned the President’s Award at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center while he was employed there.
Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.