Richard Bayes

July 14, 1962March 8, 2018

Richard Lawrence Bayes, 55, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2018. Born on July 14, 1962 in Cincinnati, Ohio; he was the son of Richard Milton Bayes and the late Sandra Joyce Lingrell Bayes. Rick enjoyed hiking with Cassidy and Kyle, boating, drawing, and talking to his dear friends. He knew endless history about the New River Gorge and all of the coal towns there in. He loved cartography and walking the hills and towns of the gorge as he mapped them out. Not many know he was a direct descendent of Nathaniel Hawthorne. He attended Forest Park High School and also spent time at Miami University. Rick began his career at Rivermen Whitewater where he was river manager for many years. His accomplishments include creating the Gauley River Pre-Plan Map which is still used in river rescues today. Late in his career he worked at ACE Adventure Resort. Survivors include his daughter, Cassidy Brooke Bayes of Fayetteville; son, Kayle Nathaniel Bayes of Fayetteville; father, Richard Milton Bayes of Cincinnati; and brothers, Thomas Bayes of Cincinnati and Michael Bayes address unknown. A memorial service will be held at 3 PM, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Chetty’s Pub at Adventures on the Gorge. For those wishing to express condolences to the Bayes family, you may do so by visiting our website at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home will be assisting the Bayes family.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 15, 2018

Richard Bayes

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Bethany Moore

March 13, 2018

Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. My deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Richard. May you find comfort in knowing that our heavenly Father knows the heartbreak of loss and is here for us as he promised at Isaiah 43:2 "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, And through the rivers, they will not flood over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame singe you."   Although death is the most heartbreaking experience we will ever face we are not left without hope.  God promises to bring our loved ones back to life through a resurrection as he promised at, Isaiah 25:8 " He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces."  How we long for that truly special day to embrace them again!