January 13, 1931 ~ June 12, 2022

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Glenn Howard May, 91, husband of Carolyn H. May, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2022, at his home.

Glenn was born in Asheville, NC on January 13, 1931 to Mabel and John May. He attended Asheville City Schools and graduated from Lee Edwards High School in 1948. Glenn received his BA and MBA degrees from UNC Chapel Hill. He then served two years in the US Army.

He married Carolyn Irene Haden January 22, 1956. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Lynn May Wilson, Anne May Cogburn (Steve), and Robert Howard May (Suzanne). He leaves five grandchildren, who were the joy of his life: Kathryn Anne Wilson, Rachel Lynn Wilson Frye (Aaron), John Michael Cagle (Leanna), Carolyn Anne Cagle and Carolina Grace May.

He worked in accounting for American Enka Corporation and then Kinco Corporation, from which he retired in 1993.

Glenn was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and Boy Scout Troop 3. He received the North Star Award from the Boy Scouts in 2018. He received his 50 year pin with the Masons in 2003, and was a Master Mason with the West Asheville Lodge.

He worked with Aston Park Hospital during its years of change, the Enka Lake Club and the West Asheville History Group.

He was active in ham radio and enjoyed the many contacts and friends he made with that group.

After retirement, he and Carolyn spent ten happy years traveling in the Airstream trailer they owned. They traveled the US, Mexico, Canada and wherever they could take a trailer.

Glenn loved his family, his church, his friends, his dog, Boo, his horses, working at Daniel Boone Scout Camp, and corny jokes.

There could never have been a more beloved and faithful husband, father, grandfather and friend.

A memorial service is scheduled at Trinity United Methodist Church on June 25, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. The family will greet friends in the sanctuary from 2:30 p.m. until the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or The Daniel Boone Council, BSA.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Visitation: June 25, 2022 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Trinity United Methodist Church
587 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806


Memorial Service: June 25, 2022 4:00 pm

Trinity United Methodist Church
587 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Glenn was my accounting instructor at A-B Tech. He was one of the best teachers I ever had as he challenged me in so many ways. Some of the things he taught I used throughout my entire life. I had tremendous respect for him both as an instructor and a person.

  2. Glenn was a great friend and an Elmer to me, I was fortunate to have known him for the short time I did, Glenn we will sorely miss you, God speed my great friend!

  3. Glenn, you will be sorley missed, we became fast friends and took a true interest in my love for the ham radio hobby, you took my wife and I to our first hamfest, helped me with my first portable operation,made the impossible possible, when we needed help you were always there,when I didn’t know something, you always made sure we found the answer to any question I had. Glenn we love you!

  4. So sorry to hear of Mr. May’s passing. He was a wonderful friend to my father, Bill, and our family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Bill Milholen Family

  5. I will miss Glenn. During the ham classes, he encouraged me to go take my CW test while watching me copy code. Then, later, he & I were both net controls on the Good Morning Net on 40m. I believe the last time I spoke with him was on 40m when I was driving around in the mountains of GA. He was a good friend and buddy. God bless you real good, Glenn. Well done. 73/88, KT4SP.
    de K4YYR

  6. We are feeling this moment so deeply for your family and friends and so grateful to have had the privilege of shared time with you. Memories will live on in our hearts.

  7. Glenn was a great and supportive neighbor and friend. He always gave us good advice! We will miss him. 🙁

  8. Rest in peace! Though your key is now silent your encouragement and principles have helped many to become all they were meant to be.
    73/88 ke4joj

  9. I have lost my best friend. I have had the privilege and honor of being a friend of Glenn May and all the May family since my earliest memory. I have often said that if I were 500 miles away and needed help, I could call Glenn and he would be there. I have so many memories from down through the years and I cherish them greatly. You will be missed so much, but I will still have those many many memories. 73s Glenn.
    Your ole buddy (WD4FFZ)


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