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MARION — Robert Francis Bayles, 80, passed away at 11:47 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2019, in Veteran's Affairs Nursing Home in Marion.

Robert was born July 14, 1938, in Creal Springs, the son of James Martin and Leona Catherine (Lorenz) Bayles.

He and his wife, Mathilda, married on June 11, 1960, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marion. He was the soldier she so proudly loved and adored.

Survivors include his loving wife, Mathilda Bayles of Marion; daughter, Ann Elizabeth Graham; three grandsons, Lane Robert, Clay Martin, and Ty Avery; sister, Dora Palmer of Carterville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Helen Bayles, Margaret Bennett, Dorothy Trapani and Virginia Smothers; and brother, James Louis Bayles.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, May 13, in Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with Father Brian Barker and Father Thomas Barrett officiating. Burial will follow in Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy, with military honors provided by Marion and Stonefort VFW and American Legion Posts with assistance from the Navy Ritual Team. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the funeral home.

For those who prefer, memorials may be made to the VA Medical Center Nursing Home.

For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.

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