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In Memory of Jerry Bayliss, Class XV

Gerald “Jerry” Cread Bayliss, 63, passed away Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Oklahoma City.

He was born Sept. 24, 1952, in Shawnee to Gerald Cread Bayliss and Mamie Fussell Bayliss. He graduated from Tecumseh High school in 1970. He was an eagle scout. He attended Oklahoma University and received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University. He also had obtained an MBA from SNU and another master's degree in communications from Oklahoma City University.

He married Jackie Wellmaker Aug. 28, 1981, in Oklahoma City. Jerry was employed by Southwestern Bell/AT&T for 40 years in a variety of management positions including the last several years as Director of Governmental/External Affairs covering many different communities across the state. Jerry was involved in a multitude of organizations including: Ambucs Lawton, Chairman of the Shawnee Economic Development Board, State Chamber, Leadership Oklahoma, Class XV, Cannon Cocker, Rotary Club and was very proud of his involvement with the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.

Jerry cherished his time with family and friends especially bare foot water skiing at Lake Eufala. He was a very proud husband, father and “Pipop.”

Jerry is survived by wife, Jackie Bayliss of Edmond; his sons Steven Cread of Oklahoma City, Chanz Corbin and Jackson Carter of Edmond; his grandchildren Hope Rhoads, Maverick Rhoads and Lake Monroe Bayliss of Oklahoma City; his sister Madeline G. “Trudy” Dahlem and husband John Dahlem of Shawnee; his nieces Kim Gillert of Tulsa, Dawn Chester of Tecumseh and brother in law Gerald Farris and wife Linda Farris of Tecumseh.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother Steven Russell Bayliss.

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