• November 25, 2014

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Benny Anderson Bay

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A memorial service for Benny Anderson Bay, 83, of Belton, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Heartfield Funeral Home in Belton.

Mr. Bay died June 12, 2013, at a local hospital. He was born Oct. 11, 1929, near the Silver City community in Coryell County to Arthur and Laura Bay.

Mr. Bay and his loving wife of 58 years, Caroline, owned and operated the Minimax Grocery Store in Belton for 35 years. After retiring from the grocery business, he worked at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and as a Realtor in the Central Texas area.

He was committed to helping others and serving his community throughout his life and served in leadership roles on the Belton City Council, Belton school board, Central Texas Council of Governments, Association of the U.S. Army, Belton Economic Development Committee, Belton Chamber of Commerce and the Belton Senior Citizens Center Board.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Belton for 54 years, Masonic Lodge 166, American Legion Walton Walker Post 55, Belton Lions Club and Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

His greatest joys were spending time with his family, traveling, playing golf, hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Treva Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Caroline; daughter, Jennifer Smith and her husband, Pat, of Austin; sons, Richard Bay and his wife, Terrie, of Belton, James Bay of Killeen, John Bay of Cedar Park; loving grandchildren, Richard Bay Jr., Ryan Bay, Laura Smith, Stephanie Smith and Jordan Bay; great-grandson, Greyson Bay; brothers, Cleo Bay of Killeen, Cutis Bay of Salado; sisters, Margurea Burns of Belton and Laura Sinclair of Devine.

The Bay family would like to thank all of our wonderful friends for the love and support you have shown and recognize the Scott & White Hospice team, and especially the Santa Fe 3 South skilled nursing team for their outstanding care and attention.

Heartfield Funeral Home in Belton is in charge of arrangements. Offer condolences at www.heartfieldfuneralhome.com.

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