Louis Baty, Sr., 91, a lifelong resident of Gilliland, passed away on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. A graveside service was on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 at the Gilliland Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.
Louis was born April 12, 1929 in Gilliland to Mary (llseng) and Ray Hiram Baty. He married Lula Ann (Scott) on March 7, 1959 in Gilliland. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gilliland. Louis served on the board of directors of B-K Electric, Federal Land Bank, Wichita Brazos Soil and Water Conservation District, Farmers Coop Gin, Farmers Coop Elevator, Knox County Appraisal District, as well as the school board for Benjamin ISD and Gilliland CSD. He retired from farming at 90 years of age; he and his wife Lula were recipients of the Texas Family Land Heritage for 100 year farms for the years 1996 and 2000.
He is survived by his wife Lula Baty of the home; son Steve (April) Baty of Crowell and Louis Lee (Sheri) Baty of Knox City; grandchildren Jennifer, James, Tina, Chloe, Sheldon and Chance; and also numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Mary and Ray Baty; son Alan Ray Baty; grandsons Justin Baty, Lyndon Baty and Kyndal Baty; and brother J.C. Baty.
Memorials may be made in Louis’ name to the Gilliland Cemetery Association, Attn: Charlotte Welch, 8460 CR 3691, Crowell, TX 79227, or your favorite charity.
Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.