MIDDLESBORO — Douglas McArthur Bayless, Sr. "Mac", 72, of Middlesboro, KY, passed away Tuesday, July 1, at the Middlesboro ARH.
He was born January 21, 1942 in Fork Ridge, TN, the son of the late Melvin Franklin Bayless and Louisiana "Nan" Collins Bayless.
He was a member of the Millers Chapel Baptist Church.
He had served his country honorably in the United States Air Force, having been assigned to guarding President Lyndon B. Johnson in the mid 60's. He was also a Mason.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 special aunts: Hazel and Lottie Bayless.
He is survived by the following members of his family: Wife: Ila Bayless of Middlesboro
2 Sons: John (Janie) Bayless of Lawrenceburg, KY and Doug (Cindy) Bayless of Middlesboro, KY Daughter: Joan Bayless and George Kinne of Lawrenceburg, KY
Brothers: Bill (Judy) Bayless of Middlesboro; Wayne (Sally) Bayless of Middlesboro; Dave (Vicky) Bayless of Maryville, TN; Morgan (Rhonda) Bayless of Gibson Station, VA and Mark (Linda) Bayless of Speedwell, TN.
Sister: Kathy (Dick) Blondell of Middlesboro, KY
4 Grandchildren: Mac, Brittaney, Erin and Dustin
3 Great-grandchildren: Isiah, Colton and Ayden
Special Aunt: Hazel Robinson
Special Mother in Law: Leona Robinson
Special Friend: Ronald "Oot" Duncan
And a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 4, at the Creech Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dave Bayless presiding. Music will be provided by the Gospel Love Lights. Interment will follow in the Green Hills Memorial Gardens with full military honors being provided by members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard and the Campbell County Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Douglas McArthur Bayless III, Dustin Taylor Bayless, Joe Bayless, Jason Bayless, Sam Bayless and Melvin Bayless. Honorary pallbearers will be David Bayless II, Dean Bayless, Tony Bayless, T.J. Bayless, Billy Bayless and Kevin Bayless. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials take the form of donations to Vets Serving Vets, P.O. Box 72, Middlesboro, KY 40965.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 4, at the Creech Funeral Home. Online condolences and guest book are available at www.creechfh.com
Creech Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is in charge of all arrangements.