John Bryan May, Jr.

john may, jr.
John Bryan May, Jr., 83, of 4 Easy Living Lane, Asheville, died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at the Hospice Solace Center. Mr. May was born in Buncombe County and was the son of the late John B. May, Sr. and Mabel Morris May. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Morris May. He was a graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School and attended Western Carolina Teachers College. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of WW II and retired after 42 years with Southern Bell (AT+T). He was a member and past treasurer of the BPOE Lodge #608, Asheville and a member of the Winter Park, FL BPOE Lodge #1830. He was also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he and his wife were charter members of the Sprinkle Bible Class. He is survived by his wife, Berdell Colvard May; two sons, Patrick May and his wife Bernice of King George, VA and John H. May and his wife Patricia of San Jose, CA; nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nancy Leppert of Asheville and Martha Almon of Wilmington; and three brothers Henry P. May of Doraville, GA, George P. May of Lawrenceville, GA and Glenn H. May of Asheville. A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Clodfelter and Mr. Larry Wolfe officiating. Burial will be at Green Hills Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 587 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806, or Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813, or to Eliada Home for Children.

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  1. We were upset to hear about Mr.May’s passing. He had a wonderful sense of humor and i would always look forward to seeing him in church on Sunday. Every week he would greet me with a compliment on how i got prettier every time he saw me and Jeremy uglier 🙂 He always made us laugh with his witty humor. We will miss him and will keep you all in our prayers.

  2. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to all of you.
    Charles, Julie & Allison Farrell
    (Grandaughter of Karene Bishop)

  3. We go back a long way with the May family from school, May’s Market and Mutual Dist. Co and Southern Bell. We have enjoyed our association with you and to Burdell, Nancy, and Henry whom we knew better than others and the rest of the May family, we send our sincere sympathy and will be thinking of all of you.

  4. Dear Berdell & Family,
    I am sorry to hear of John’s passing. It is very hard to give loved ones up but just know he has regained full health and is in a much better place. I always enjoyed John’s wonderful sense of humor and his greeting everyone with a smile.
    My prayers go with you at this time. May God grant you His peace.
    With love, Woody Cunningham

  5. Glenn & George: So very sorry to hear of your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the May family.

  6. Glenn, sorry to hear about John. My thoughts are with you and yours, at this time. I didn’t get to meet him, but have met you, Henry, and George. wish I could havemade it four. God be with you.

  7. To all the May Family, You have our sincere sympathy in your loss. We know John has been ill for some time; however, we are never ready to give up our loved ones. Faith in the Sovereignty of God and the concern of caring friends provides the only comfort. We ate thinking of you and our prayers are with you.
    Zunita and Joe.

  8. Nancy, George, Glenn & Henry: I’m sorry about your loss of John and will keep you in my heart and prayers. Jane Anne Luther

  9. To The Entire May Clan,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy over the loss of John. As a young man growing up in West Asheville, I have many fond memories of my associations with many of you. To Berdell, Nancy, Glen and all of the rest, please know that we will remember you in prayer and keep you in our thoughts. We just happened to be in Asheville when Mom and Dad got the word of John’s passing.


    Daren and Pris Hutchison

  10. Dear Berdell and family,
    Just heard of John’s passing.We send you our sicere sympathy and will keep you in our prayers.

  11. Dear Family of John: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. We have known most of the May family for many years and you have all been such a special part of our lives. We only came to know John the past several years as we joined with their family in their reunion each summer. However, even this brief aquaintance with John gave us an insight into his warmth and delightlful sense of humor. We are glad we came to know him before he left. Our heart is with all of you at this time. God bless you with His peace and comfort and the knowledge that many friend’s are thinking of you. Kathleen & Everett Raines

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