Charles Mays

November 12, 1937 ‒ September 12, 2017

Sunbury, Ohio

Charles Mays, age 79, of Sunbury died Tuesday afternoon, September 12, 2017 at Country View of Sunbury after battling dementia/Alzheimer’s for over a decade.

He was born on November 12, 1937 in Lexington, Virginia the son of the late Edwin and Grace (Hicks) Mays.

Charles enlisted in the Marine Corp at age 15, serving during the Korean Conflict.

Upon his return from service he graduated from Linden McKinley High School.

He was a devoted civil servant, working in law enforcement for nearly twenty years.  His service included the Franklin County Sherriff’s Department where he did some work as a mounted officer and special duty as a funeral escort and more recently, he worked for the Genoa Police Department retiring in 2004 as a lieutenant.

Charles also owned and operated Cemco roofing in Westerville for 10 years.

His hobbies included, riding his Gold Wing, horseback riding, and working in the yard.  He was also a sports fan, especially college basketball.  He also enjoyed playing volleyball as a younger man.

Charles loved Summer family picnics and if you’ve attended you’ll remember his unique cooking attire.

When writing of Charles, we must mention his Rottweilers and the joy he received from playfully teasing his friends and family.

He was a Friend of Dr. Bob’s, serving as a faithful AA Member for over 53 years.

He will be missed by his wife Joanne; daughter Wendy Valentini and her husband Nick of Columbus; son Ritch of Marysville; grandson Nathan Mays; step-daughters Catherine Walker of Columbus and Jeanne Williams and her husband John of Orient, Ohio; step-son Ryan Walker and his wife Kami of Bloomington, Illinois; brothers Wally and his wife Diz of Biloxi, Mississippi and John and his wife Theresa of Huntsville, Alabama; several nieces and nephews; and special friends Bob and Sandy Simpson and David and Maryann Pemberton.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandparents Grace and Lee Debus; grandson Jeremy Mays; and sisters Laura and Dixie Mays and Margie Holbrook.

Friends may call on the family on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 4-7 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  Funeral services will be held there on Saturday at 11 AM with Pastor Wayne Booth officiating.  Friends may also call from 10 AM until the time of the service.  Inurnment with full military honors will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman at a later date.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Blvd., Suite 210 Columbus, OH 43229  or the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 1379 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43215 .

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Mr. Mays family.  Special memories and condolences can be shared with them at .

  • RIP Uncle Charlie, the last few years you were not Yourself because of the Alzheimer’s/dementia but to me you will always be one of my favorite men to look up to! You were one of the few men that I have admired! We might not have seen each other a lot but when we did, it was always a good time! You were always strong and stern and a little bit frightening but nonetheless I loved you! May you rest easy now Uncle! I know everyone who loved you will miss you tremendously especially Wendy and Ritch! My prayers and condolences to you my cousins! To Joanne and Wally and John too! I love all my family and another reason it’s sad that no one gets together anymore! May you all find comfort and always remember the good times! 😘❤️💋🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Charlie,

    I can’t thank you enough for your guidance and inspiration so many years ago to push me towards a successful career. I can still remember all those graveyard shifts at Genoa PD where you’d call me in dispatch grumbling, sometimes yelling, but you always had my best interests in mind. You pushed me to follow my dreams which eventually led me across the country. I’m sorry I never made it back to Columbus to sit back and remember the old times and share new adventures.

    Thank you for always supporting me and pushing me to succeed. I wish your family my condolences in this difficult time. I will always remember the good times we had together on those long graveyard nights.

    Blake Penny
    Detective – Las Vegas Metro Police