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Robert C Bayles
March 26, 1929 ~ December 3, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Robert Bayles passed peacefully to be with his Lord on December 3, 2023 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born on March 26, 1929 in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana to Mose and Mae Bayles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife of 57 years, Joyce (Ingram), his daughter, Patricia Bayles, and brothers, Irvin and Fred Bayles.
A Marine Corps veteran, Robert was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal and a Purple Heart.
A life-long learner, Robert received a Bachelor of Science degree from Centenary College of Louisiana and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Ordained to the work of the Gospel Ministry in 1955, Robert served as pastor of Baptist churches in Arnett and Watonga, Oklahoma before being called as pastor of Ranch Acres Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he ministered for 30 years before retiring.
During that time, he served in various leadership roles with the Oklahoma Baptists (formerly Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma) and the Tulsa Baptist Association, and earned a Doctor of Divinity degree from Phillips University. In retirement, Robert was a Tulsa Public Schools elementary classroom volunteer and was honored with the TPS Senior Volunteer of the Year award in 2011. In recent times, his greatest fulfillment was sharing his Biblical knowledge with his Crusaders class at Parkview Baptist Church in Tulsa.
Robert is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, David and Stacey Bayles, his granddaughter, Kelly Bayles, and his sisters, Shirley Wills, Peggy Parks, and Betsy Nolan.
The family extends their sincere appreciation to his Crusaders classmates for their genuine love and affection, and to his caregivers from Miller Hospice for their tender care and concern. A private ceremony with Robert’s immediate family will be held following his cremation.