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Jones Funeral Home

105 W. Third, Crossett, AR

Phone: 870-364-2171

James Lamar Bays

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Published: February 17, 2013

James Lamar Bays, 75, of Crossett, Ark., a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, left to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 15, 2013.

James, known as "Pedro" to friends, and "Daddy Boy" to his grandchildren, was born Sept. 6, 1937, in Crossett, Ark. to the late Leland Lamar Bays and the late Gladys Hagood Bays.

He graduated from Crossett High School in 1955 at the age of 17. He volunteered to serve in the United States Marines. Upon returning home to Crossett he was employed by Georgia Pacific and retired in service 39 years.

Pedro lived his life to the fullest, and was ever the consummate story teller. He was devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren, service to his church, his fellow man and his community. His passing, while seasoned with sadness, is cause for celebration of a life well lived. He was an active member of Cross Road Missionary Baptist Church and was available to serve his Lord in any capacity.

Survivors include; a son Bryan Bays of Crossett; a daughter Sheri Harrison and husband Tommy of Pine Bluff, Ark. He is also survived by two step-children, Nancy Brown and husband Ricky of Little Rock, Ark. and Mike Greene of Crossett. Along with nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; one sister, Norma Gibson of Ruston, La. Numerous nieces, nephews and friends. One very special niece, Linda Robinson and husband Leroy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ira Lane Bays. His loving wife, constant companion, and best friend of 30 years, Carolyn (Frazier) Bays of Crossett.

Visitation will be held at Cross Road Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

A celebration of his life will be held at Cross Road Missionary Baptist Church on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 10 a.m. under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, Ark. (

Pallbearers will be Roy Rodgers, Bubba Gilmore, David Bays, Mitch Bays, Tommy Harrison, Norman Swan.

The family will receive friends at 234 Ashley 435, Crossett, Ark. 71635.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Cross Road Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 2467 Hwy 133 N, Hamburg, Ark. 71646.

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