Ethel Susan Bayles

Feb 12th, 1933 - Sep 11th, 2017


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Wed, Sep. 13th, 2017 6:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM


Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church

Thu, Sep. 14th, 2017 11:00 AM


San Carlo Cemetery

Thu, Sep. 14th, 2017

Ethel Susan Bayles

Herrin-Ethel Susan (Sweeney) Bayles, 84, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 3:56 PM, Monday, September 11, 2017.

Sue was born February 12, 1933, in Sulphur, Louisiana, to Mason and Flora Bell (Hewitt) Sweeney. She married James L. Bayles on June 7, 1952, in Lake Charles, LA, he preceded her in death on November 14, 2011.

Sue worked for many years at Norge in Herrin but spent most of her time raising her children and loving on her grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing pinochle and dominoes with friends and family. She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin.

She is survived by two sons and three daughters, James A. Bayles, Johnny and Arenda Bayles, Debbie and Mark Kiesling, and Connie and Mike Odum, all of Herrin, and Pam and Jeff Martin of Collierville, TN.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Amanda Kiesling of West Frankfort, Joseph and Brandy Martin, of Palm Bay, FL, Jennifer (Martin) and Sean Hamilton of Olive Branch, MS, Alyssa Bayles of Dallas, TX, Shauna Bayles of St. Louis, MO and Blake Counts of Herrin along with eight great-grandchildren, Madison, Cierra, and Angel Kiesling, Malachi Martin and Ella Hamilton, Justice Counts, Skylar and Mia Counts.

Sue is also is survived by two brothers, Mason Sweeney, Jr. and J.D. Sweeney, of Louisiana and many special nieces and nephews in Louisiana and Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters- Peggy Vincent, Bobbie Selman and Sherry Castille, brother, Terry Sweeney, infant grandson David William Bayles and step-grandson, Marty Counts.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. Monsignor Ken Schaefer will officiate. Burial will follow at San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin. Visitation will be from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.

Memorial donations are suggested to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church- New School Fund and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home/201 S. 13th St/ Herrin, IL 62948. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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10 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: George (Ray)mond Bennett

    From: Gallatin , Tennessee

    Date: September 12, 2017

    When I think about Aunt Sue I always remember her as a happy, fun loving Aunt. I still remember when several of us kids caught some “crawdads” and she cooked them for us. That was the first and only time I had crayfish. I had a nice accidental phone conversation with her just a few weeks ago when she pushed the wrong button on her phone. She still sounded like the same Aunt Sue I remember.

  • Guest: Sharon Buckingham

    From: DeSoto, Illinois

    Date: September 12, 2017

    She was the most loving catering person I ever had the honor to work for. She treated me with love. I will miss her dearly. Hope to see you again in Heaven. Love you Sue.

  • Guest: Mr. Jerry D. Pulley

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: September 13, 2017

    Sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful lady, condolences to those who remain to grieve!

  • Guest: Charlotte and Jerry Potts

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: September 13, 2017

    So very sorry, Sue always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. One of the sweetest ladies that I have ever known. Our prayers and love are with the family.

  • Guest: Ritchie and Paula Tutkus

    From: herrin, Illinois

    Date: September 13, 2017

    With our deepest sympathy,so sorry to hear of your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.May your memories bring you comfort.

  • Guest: Yvonne Page

    From: Kirkwood, MO 63122, Missouri

    Date: September 13, 2017

    Debbie, I’m so sorry about your mom. I trust Jesus will strength you and your family as you begin a new chapter in life. Much love,

  • Guest: Janice Rose (Gualdoni)

    From: McLeansboro, Illinois

    Date: September 14, 2017

    Dear Bayles family,

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s death. She was a delightful woman and always greeted others with warmth and her lovely smile.

    Wishing you all peace and comfort from all those who love you.

  • Guest: Lorene Calcaterra

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: September 14, 2017

    My prayers and thoughts are with you

  • Guest: Candy DeZutti-Thomas

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: September 14, 2017

    To all of Sue’s children, all of you are my childhood, longtime friends and classmates, peers, it has been many years since I saw your dear Mother in person or talked with her but she never ever left my memory or my heart, believe that, it isnt just something to say now in her passing. When my sister and I were young, you all remember that my Mother and your Mother were very good friends, neighbors, the kind of acquaintances that Moms of our generation made and kept. Sue was like an aunt to me during those years we spent as kids together, as our Moms spent time as friends. Times changed, lives changed, we grew up but some things never change in the heart. I remember your Mom, Sue, was always a bright pretty woman inside and out and would give one the shirt off her back as the old adage goes. One time, my Mom and my sister during my sister’s teen years had an argument and Sue told my sister to come home with her and cool off and spend the night, even though she had five of her own kids waiting on her. I am sorry I couldnt make your Mom’s service today but know how much you and your family, your Mom always meant to me and still do. Those early days of growing up and coming of age, your Mom is part of for me and my sister. I loved your Mom, I love you all, James, Johnny, Debbie, Pam, Connie.

  • Guest: Garnett Cochran Jr.

    From: Benton, Louisiana

    Date: September 19, 2017

    We will all certainly miss Your mother.
    She was always very sweet to me.
    Johnny, miss you buddy.
    Garnett Cochran Jr.