Peter G. Bayliff

Peter G. Bayliff of Helen passed away Monday, July 10, 2017. He was 63.

Pete was born May 24, 1954, in Ferndale, Michigan. Pete was known by many as "The Rock Man." He created his business over 40 years ago, and moved it to Helen in 1996, selling gems and minerals to the public.

He later expanded the business to include the Chattahoochee Gem Mining Company. The "Rock Shop" has become an icon to Helen's tourist industry. Pete always gave God's son Jesus Christ the glory for his

Pete loved to make people smile. He fascinated both adults and children with his magic tricks. He was a self-taught locksmith, having helped many locals when they were locked out of their homes and cars. Pete especially enjoyed meeting customers who remembered him from visiting the Rock Shop as a young child.

Survivors include his son, Robert Bayliff of Helen; fiancé, Nancy Boswell of Helen; and brother, Dale Bayliff.

A private graveside service was held at Yonah View Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pete's favorite charity, The Covenant House Times Square Station, P.O. Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0900.

Online condolences can be made to the family at

Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland was in charge of arrangements.

White County News - Cleveland, Georgia
July 20, 2017

White County News

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