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Mark Bancroft Bayles

November 18, 1962February 9, 2021

Mark Bayles age 58 of Marietta, Georgia passed away Tuesday February 9, 2021. Mark was preceded in death by parents John and Patricia Bayles, and sister Angela Bayles. Mark is survived by his sons Andy (Kayla) Evans, Shawn (Callie) Evans, Jacob Bayles and Joey Bayles; Grandchildren Bailey Evans, Emilia Evans, Matthew Bayles, Mason Bayles, and Riley Evans; and siblings Helen (Wayne) Adams, John (Laura) Bayles, and Anna Marie Harshbarger. Mark Bancroft Bayles was born November 18, 1962, at Dekalb Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia. He was named after his Great Grandparents Leigh and Margaret Bancroft. Mark was a very strong family man and an avid Florida Gators fan. His hobbies included carpentry, fishing, kayaking, and traveling. He especially loved the Rocky Mountains (Horse Tooth Mountain and Pikes Peak). When Mark was not spending time with his family, exploring the mountains or in the water he enjoyed riding his Harley Motorcycle. Mark’s faith in God will continue through his many acts of kindness. A Memorial Service will be held this summer.


  • A Memorial Service will be held this summer.


Mark Bancroft Bayles

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Dan casey

February 19, 2021

This was a few years back. Mark and I went kayaking on sweetwater creek in austell. It was November and about every 10 minutes or so we had to drag our kayaks out of the water and traverse around fallen trees because of the flood in austell of 2009. At one point in our trip we had to go under a water main, and right before he got to the pipe I said "don't touch anything above your head" but his instinct took over and he put his hand on the pipe which made him immediately capsize. And any time he ever spoke of the trip he would always point out that I "made him go on a kayaking trip in the middle of november" and "the water was freezing". The trip took longer than we expected and by the time we found a place to get out both of our cell phones were dead so we had to walk in the cold dark for some distance (remember he was wet) before we came to a house. I went and knocked on the door and introduced myself and asked to use the phone, called my wife to come get us while Mark stayed as far away as he could while I embarrassed myself. We laughed about this trip for many years.