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Remembering Fred Bays

A familiar face to many in Fredericksburg died Thursday.

Bays (photo courtesy of the Fredericksburg Sheriff's Office)

Fred Bays, 89, was a lifelong member of the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad and worked for the Fredericksburg Sheriff’s Department for a number of years.

He was a longtime member of Fairview Baptist Church, where he had taught a men’s Sunday school class and had served as a Sunday deacon, according to his obituary, which ran in Sunday’s Free Lance-Star.

Fredericksburg Sheriff Paul Higgs said he grew up on Willis Street, where Bays also lived, and thought of him as a second father.

Higgs said after working at the sheriff’s office, Bays would help senior citizens in the city with errands, grocery store trips, going to the doctor and regularly checked in on some he knew needed to have an eye kept on them.

Sgt. David Sullivan said he remembered talking to Bays about the history of the city. He said he could tell you anything about it.

Theresa Abel, one of the the employees in the sheriff’s office, said Bays would come give “all the girls” massages during the day in various courts around the city.

“The girls would fight over him,” Higgs added.

“I don’t think there was a court he didn’t hit,” Abel said. “We looked forward to it.”

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight (Monday) at Covenant Funeral Service Fredericksburg.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Robert W. Sizemore officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Members of the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad and the Fredericksburg Sheriff’s Department will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.