OBITUARY

Emory Ray Bays Jr.

June 20, 1945April 26, 2021
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Emory Ray Bays Jr., 75, of Charleston, went to his heavenly home on Monday, April 26, surrounded by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emory and Bertha Bays; five brothers, Jimmie, Delmer, Doyle, Samuel and David; three sisters, Shelby Bays, Thelma Boggess and Trillis Leftwich; and daughter, Tara Torrey. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Mary Bays; five daughters, Suzanne (Alan) Nease, Relena (Shane) McLane, Cheryl (Juan) Haynes, Terri (Gary) Painter and Amy (Michael ) Drake; 11 grandchildren, John McAfee, Shane Morris, Shanna Goodwin, Sheyenne Jividen, Morgan and Tyler Hopkins, Alex Beck, Anthony Bays, Colton Painter, Emerald and Sierra Drake; and 17 great-grandchildren. Ray loved activities with his family like NasCar races, hunting, fishing, camping and cookouts at home. Ray retired from Union Carbide with 40 plus years of service. A Walk through Visitation for family and friends will be Friday, April 30, 2021, from 12 Noon until 1:00 p.m. at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, and the funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Tom Burnside and the Rev. Robbie Legg officiating. The burial will follow the service at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is mandated by the Governor and the CDC, that proper facial coverings be worn and that social distancing be observed. A very special Thanks to Butch and Wanda Dickerson, Carly Price and HospiceCare. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Watoga State Park, 4800 Watoga Park Road, Marlinton, WV 24954 or Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25312-2536. The online guest book can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Shane Morris
  • Anthony Bays
  • Colton Painter
  • Tyler Hopkins
  • Carly Price
  • Devin Bays
  • Alex Beck, alternate

Services

  • Walk Through Visitation

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021

Memories

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Karen Waller

April 29, 2021

Well where do I begin I’ve loved you all my life my precious uncle you’ve taught me many things but mostly taught me kindness and to love and take care of the people and not expect anything in return . We camped , fished , had cook outs loved when you would through me clothes and all into the swimming pool and made us dread the whopping you gave on Birthdays LoL πŸ˜‚. Your a wonderful soul and until I see you again I love you with all my heart . I’ll be here for Aunt Mary and the girls . RIP love you

Relena Mclane

April 29, 2021

My Heart My Hero My best Friend... I am and always will be able to call you my DAD.. I will miss everything about us dad your daily calls, your help , your unconditional love for me.. I hope I have made you proud dad an I hope you left this world knowing the LOVE that I have for you.. Thank you for everything you did, everything you taught me an especially making me who I am today .. I LOVE YOU THE MOST!!

Tama Francis

April 29, 2021

I will miss u and love u always

Joanna Wheeler

April 29, 2021

I have many fond memories of time spent with Ray. He and my dad worked together at Union Carbide and they became best friends over 50 years ago, therefore I always looked to Ray as an uncle. I also had the privilege of being in church with Ray when he invited the Lord into his heart. Now I am comforted in knowing I will see him again. Until then may he rest is peace. Love you Razor.

Lisa Westfall

April 28, 2021

One of my fondest memories of my sweet uncle Ray was when mommy and I went camping with him and Aunt Mary. It was quite sometime ago but I will never forget it because we had such a wonderful time. And not to mention the countless family reunions where we always had such a blast. I can also remember back in the day when we were growing up uncle Ray and his brother-in-law uncle Bill, three brothers, uncle Sam, uncle Gene and uncle David would play sports with us...oh my, my, my such precious memories. He will be missed beyond measure. I love you uncle Ray,” UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN β€œ β€œ Rest In Paradise β€œ!!!πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’œπŸ•ŠπŸ’”βœοΈπŸ˜‡βœοΈπŸ’”πŸ•ŠπŸ’œπŸ™πŸ»

Terri Painter

April 28, 2021

I love you more than words can say! You will always be my heart.

Cheryl Hopkins

April 28, 2021

I love you dad!
I will miss being your nurse and so much more .
My heart will never be the same .

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