John Houston Bays, 65, of Noblesville (and self-appointed “King A Clare”) passed away at home on Saturday, December 2, 2023, surrounded by family. He was born in Noblesville, Indiana, on January 30, 1958, to John and Lela (Muse) Bays.

John was a graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School (1976), concurrently attending the Anderson Vocational School Building Trades and Junior Achievement. He became a member of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn in Elwood in 1980 and ordained a Bishop in 2006.

John was a hard worker holding various positions throughout life. As a young man, he worked as a Bobcat operator for Jay’s Excavating. He was a Quality Control Chemist for Firestone for 15+ years. John earned his CDL and was a driver for Schneider Trucking. Eventually retired from Mitchel & Scott Machine Company where he worked as a Material Handler. Most recently, he held his most beloved position as a bus driver for Hamilton Heights School Corporation. He called the students “my kids” and came home with many an anecdote.

John never met a stranger, notoriously talking to people for hours! His life centered around church and family. He was especially close to his children and grandchildren, instilling in them the philosophy that “your brother is your very best friend”, while continually teaching them life skills and demonstrating the importance of maintaining high family values. He was a talented small engine hobbyist, an avid Coleman lantern and Cub Cadet garden tractor collector.

John is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Pamela (Leeman) Bays; five sons, Rusty (Amanda) Bays of Noblesville, Calvin Bays of Lapel, Clinton (Jessica) Bays of Pendleton, Spencer Bays of Anderson, and Ian Bays of Anderson; six grandchildren, two brothers, James (Martha) Bays of Trafalgar and Jeffrey Bays of Noblesville

He is preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Mitchell Bays.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 pm on Friday, December 8, 2023 at the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, 1927 S. P Street, Elwood, Indiana, 46036.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at the church with one hour of visitation immediately prior. Bishop Gary Leeman and Jeramie Cooke will officiate. Burial will follow in the Aroma Methodist Cemetery in Atlanta.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn in Elwood.