Billy Ray Bayless, 68, of 751 Firetower Road, Elizabeth City, NC died Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at his residence. A native of Tennessee, he was born in Pikeville to the late Charles Bayless and Edna Annis Bayless and was the husband of Darlene Ballance Bayless of the residence. He served his country honorably in the U. S. Navy and later worked in manufacturing production, retiring as a plant manager.
In addition to Darlene, his wife of 31 years, he is survived by a daughter, Christina Wainwright of VA; a son Billy Ray Bayless, Jr. of Elizabeth City; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; five sisters, Wanda Bean (Jimmy) of GA, Lucille Boring (Wade), Brenda King, Deborah Martin (Frank) and Shirley Haman (Paul) all of TN; two brothers Charles Earl Bayless (Carolyn) and Ronny Bayless (Royce) all of TN; two sisters in law, Judi Bayless of GA and Doris Bayless of TN. He is preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Bayless; two brothers, Herman Bayless and Taylor Bayless and a brother in law, Herb King.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Twiford Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Davin Phillips officiating. Military honors will be provided by the U. S. Navy, the William Clarence Jackson VFW Post #6060 and the Patriot Guard. The family will receive friends following the service in the lobby of the funeral home and at all other times at the residence. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Bayless family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.TwifordFH.com.