Born: February 08, 1923
Died: March 26, 2010
Glenn Bernard Bayless was born February 8, 1923, to Charles Franklin and Ethel Mae (Brannon) Bayless at Gentry, Arkansas. Glenn passed from this life on March 26, 2010, after a lengthy illness, at the Shattuck Nursing Center at the age of 87 years, 1 month, and 18 days. Glenn, the youngest of five children, moved from Arkansas at the age of three to Ellis County, Oklahoma to a farmstead northeast of Arnett. All of his school years were spent in the Arnett Public Schools and he graduated with the Class of 1941, as class president. He was active in sports and excelled in his academics as well. He was awarded a basketball scholarship to Oklahoma Baptist University, but times were hard and he needed to remain at home and help his family on the farm. On July 24, 1945 Glenn entered the U.S. Army Infantry and, before going overseas, the war ended and he was discharged December 25, 1945. Glenn married the love of his life, Elsie Louise Fritzler on February 20, 1945 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, southwest of Shattuck, Oklahoma. To this union three boys were born; Gary Glenn, Kendall Ray, and Norman Leslie. Glenn and Elsie lived on the farm northeast of Arnett until poor health required them to move to the Shattuck Nursing Center in December, 2004. He was a hard worker and enjoyed farming and dairying with his family and friends, including 13 years of custom wheat harvesting. He was a member of the National & Oklahoma Holstein Association and served as President. Shortly before his passing he was inquiring of the prospects of the year’s wheat crop. Glenn enjoyed his family whether fishing, quail hunting, or watching his grandchildren’s sports activities. They were all very special to him. Family get-togethers usually included singing of old hymns which Glenn enjoyed sharing. As a child at the Liberty Baptist Church, Glenn made his decision for Christ and was baptized in a creek. He was a faithful member of the Arnett First Baptist Church, where he was a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, song leader and served on numerous committees as well. His steadfast faith in the Lord was admired by his children and grandchildren. His love for the Lord left a rich heritage for generations to come. He was always an encourager and lived his faith in all of his actions and deeds. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ethel Bayless; brothers, Grover Bayless and wife Ruth, Marion Bayless and Wendall Bayless; brother-in-law, Kenneth Rouse; sister-in-law, Virginia Herbel; and great-granddaughter, Isabela Sant’Anna. Glenn is survived by wife, Elsie of the Shattuck Nursing Center; sons, Gary Bayless and wife Dixie, Kendall Bayless and wife Sue, and Norman Bayless all of Arnett, OK; 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; Greg Bayless and wife, Lisa and children Braden, Benjamin, Beth Ellen and Bo of Tulsa, OK, Kendra Sant’Anna and husband Fabio and children Anna Hope and Nicholas of Londrina, Brasil, Kara Loy and husband Aaron and children Luke, and Lily of SpringHill, TX, Kimberly Booth and husband Shane of Higgins, TX, Lisa Friesen and husband Scot and children, Ryne, Alisa, and Alyson of Arnett, OK, Bryan Bayless and wife Heather and children Boston, Hunter, and Brody of Weatherford, OK, Brandon Bayless and wife Lori and children Brooklyn and Landry of Arnett, OK, B.J. Bayless and wife Randi of Weatherford, OK; sister, Elizabeth Rouse of Wichita, KS; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ruby Bayless of Reedley, CA, Raymond and Ida Fritzler of Shattuck, OK, Eugene Herbel of Woodward, OK; several nieces, nephews, other family and a host of friends.