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Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC
Obituary of Hezekiah Webb Bays

May 3, 1921


In Methodist Ministry for 50 Years and Brother of Late Dr. W. W. Bays, This City.

Mrs. W. W. Bays and Miss Mamie Bays received a message Monday telling them of the death of Rev. H. W. Bays, D. D., Sunday at midnight, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. G. Stevens, in Rock Hill, S. C. Dr. Bays was the oldest brother of Rev. W. W. Bays, who resided in Charlotte for the greater part of 20 years, prior to his passing away four years ago last autumn.

The two brothers reached the same age, 77 years. They were born in Russell county, Virginia, and began the itinerant ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, together, joining the Holston conference, at Cleveland, Tenn., in October, 1867, and both spent 50 years in the ministry.

Dr. H. W. Bays was for a number of years a member of the Holston conference, then for a short time of the Western North Carolina conference, and for more than 25 years a member of the South Carolina conference. In the last named conference he was pastor of a number of prominent appointments, including Abbeville, Bethel church, Charleston, Washington Street church, Columbia, and Orangeburg: and he was also presiding elder of the Rock Hill, Charleston and Sumter districts. He was a preacher of marked ability and was a popular pastor.

On October 1, 1868, Dr. Bays was married to Miss Fannie Herbert, of Hayesville, N. C., she having passed away on March 13, 1919. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. W. G. Stevens, Mrs. W. B. Wilson, Jr., and Mrs. T. A. Moore, of Rock Hill, and Mrs. F. C. Bleckman, of Asheville.

The funerals service will be held in Rock Hill this afternoon, and the body will be laid to rest beside that of his wife in the family lot in Laurel Hill cemetery.

Dr. Bays is survived also by two brothers and one sister, these being S. J. Bays, who resides in California, Rev. J. C. Bays, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Mrs. King Dye, of Washington county, Va.

Mrs. Bays and Miss Bays, of this city, will attend the funeral service at Rock Hill today.

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