Wayne Byas


Wayne Byas Sr. was born July 21, 1960 and passed away at his home on Thursday, May 20, 2021 in Toledo, Ohio after his battle with Leukemia.

Wayne graduated from Linden McKinley High School (Columbus, Ohio), where he was a member of the Marching Band. He began driving tractor trailers with his cousin best friend Rodney Dowe Enterprize.

Wayne then relocated to Toledo where he became a driver for Chrysler/Jeep out of Toledo, and Detroit, and was a respected member of the car haulers union. Wayne loved family, sports, fishing, cruising fast cars, and telling tall tales to entertain all who would listen. He knew no strangers and made everyone feel at home.

Wayne is preceded in death by his father, Walter Hunter Byas, Sr.; maternal grandparents, Steve and Corene McGhee; and paternal grandparents, Paul and Mary Byas.

Wayne leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved mother, Janet (McGhee) Byas-White of Columbus, Ohio; sons, Wayne Dexter (Devine Spikes) Byas II and Marco Lee Byas of Columbus, Ohio; daughter, Karessa Corrine Byas of Columbus, Ohio; grandson, Daijon Spikes; granddaughters, Malaiya Byas, Kamiya Smith, and Ki’Ayla Smith; partner, Tara Kayzinski, Vincent Kayzinski, Chaz Kayzinski, and Miranda Negrete and children of Toledo, Ohio; brother, Wallter Hunter (Nancy) Byas Jr. of Athens, TN; sisters, JoAnnette Byas-Marston and Clydell (Byas) Prillerman of Columbus, OH; nephews, Walter Hunter Byas, III of Athens, TN, and Willam Prillerman II of Columbus, OH; nieces, Danielle Byas (Smith) of Athens, TN, Chanell (Thomas) Reed of Plano, TX, and Jane’ Byas of Athens, TN; aunts, Dora (McGhee) Mailey and Juanita (Leroy) Hicks of Chicago, IL; and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.


Please pray for the family as they prepare the obituary.

Visitation 1:00pm and Funeral 2:00pm Friday, June 4, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Latoia Burgess

    To the family of Wayne Byas,
    Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Our sincere prayers and condolences to you all at this difficult time. Be encouraged and know that God is a prayer away.
    Minister Frank & Latoia Burgess and Brandinette & children

  2. Audrey Hedrick

    My Deepest Condolences to the Family of Wayne Byas .He will be missed and always loved. Audrey & LeQuan Hedrick

  3. Lillian Knight

    My Condolences to the Byass Family for your loss. You all are lmy family also.Im I grieve with you this sad day. Sending my Prayers. Thank you for being there for me. Lillian

  4. We love and are going to miss you so much.

  5. Monica Kay (Watkins) Fane

    No words could express the overwhelming sorrow I have. You were more than my childhood Enderly Drive, next-door neighbor. You were family and one of my big brother, Kenny’s dearest friends. Rest well, Wayne and give my sister Judy and my brother Kenny a hug for me.

  6. Pamela Harper

    My deepest condolences to the family of Wayne Byas.
    Praying for strength through this time of mourning.
    God be with you all.

  7. Wayne I love you an miss you I’ll never forget you. You will always hold a special place in my heart you took me in as one of your own an helped me become the person I am today for that I will forever be grateful for. you truly were one of a kind. I love you

  8. Sending sincere prayers of strength and condolences to the Byas family. My heart is heavy. Wayne was a kind and fun young man. May he rest in eternal peace.

  9. Marshall ARNWINE

    Sorry for your loss my brother Godbless you & your family praying for y’all much Love

  10. Suerathia C Turner

    To Mother Janet White and family. We pray fervently for you and your family especially in times like these. May you find peace and comfort knowing Wayne is in a better place where he no longer has to suffer and has found that peace that surpasses all human understanding. We love you and will constantly lift you and your family up in our prayers.
    Love Suerathia C. Turner and Wayne S. Walker.

  11. We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but please let us share our deepest sympathy. Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. Thinking of you all.

  12. Jordin Johnson

    I am truly going to miss your contagious laugh and sense of humor. Family was everything to you and anyone who knew you knew family was always first. I will miss vacations with you, my heart hurts but you are in a better place.

  13. Dana Cancer Center Team

    Wayne will be greatly missed! He was always so friendly and positive – a truly wonderful person!
    Much sympathy to his family and friends.

  14. I am so sorry to hear about Wayne. I hope everyone is doing well. I love you guys and miss you too. When I come home I will come see you guys.l think l’m coming next year, let you know when.
    Love Sis

  15. Wayne D Byas ll

    I miss you so much dad even tho your not here I am in your image like you made me to be your number 2

    Love you pops

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