John Thomas “Tommy” Mays
August 11, 1940 ‒ March 01, 2017
BELLVILLE: Tommy Mays spoke a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see: He spoke the language of kindness. He rose by lifting up others – never expecting something in return – a simple, caring, and magnetic trait of the unconditional love in his heart.
John Thomas “Tommy” Mays went to be with the Lord Wednesday evening, March 1, 2017 in his home surrounded by his family. He was 76.
He was born August 11, 1940 in Mansfield to John & Hilda (Goff) Mays. A beautiful young lady named Sondra Tucker caught his eye and the pair soon married on June 25, 1959.
Tommy worked at Paige Dairy and other jobs before taking a position at Shiloh Blanking as a press operator for 29 years before retiring.
An avid John Deere collector Tommy enjoyed hunting, fishing and doing anything outdoors in his spare time. He also enjoyed working with his hands making everything from cradles to rocking horses and was a jack of all trades who could fix anything. But above all, Tommy loved his family. He would do anything to care for and support his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Sondra Mays; children Marcella (Edward) Brook of Bellville, Angela (Larry LaPierre) of Ellijay, GA and John (Penny) Mays of Mansfield; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters Mary (Bill) Smith of Bellville, Twila Setser of Bellville and Joan (Larry) Miller of Fredericktown; several nieces, nephews and extended family.
In addition to his parents, Tommy was preceded in death by brother-in-law John Setser and nephew Ryan Setser.
The Mays family will receive friends Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home and continuing Monday, March 6, 2017 from 10 to 11 a.m. with the funeral service beginning immediately at 11 a.m. Pastor James Spencer will speak. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions in Tommy’s memory to Jefferson Twp-Bellville Fire Department or to Peoples Baptist Church may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Tommy’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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