John Thomas “Tommy” Mays

August 11, 1940 ‒ March 01, 2017

Bellville, Ohio

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.

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  • So sorry for the loss of your beloved one. He is free from pain and happy to be in his heavenly home wrapped in the arms of Jesus. Prays for peace and comfort for the family.

  • Wish we had met you Tommy Mays. A beautiful man with a beautiful family. Rest in Peace. You are in our prayers.

    Paul and Georgette Chimene

  • You and your family are in our prayers during this difficult time. We pray your loving memories of this husband, father, and grandfather bring you peace and comfort. Marsha and Philip

  • Tim wants the family to know he was a very kind Coworker and friend. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Keeping the entire family in my thoughts and prayers. He was a great guy and I will miss seeing him out and about.

  • Sending condolences to the May family!My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Especially Mary my thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.

  • My heart is in pain as I share your horrible loss. I am confident God will eternally bless this gentle man’s soul and He will help you find comfort as we grieve John’s passing.

  • “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” (John 5:28,29) God promises, through his word the Bible, that he will destroy death and bring those who have died back to life. They will be able to live forever on a paradise earth, and they will never get sick again. The Bible offers us hope. Although your pain is great, may you find comfort in that hope.

  • Tommy and the Mays family were our neighbors on Appleseed (Rhinehard) Rd when we were growing up in the ’60s & ’70s. They were like a second family to us. Tommy was always a positive influence – upbeat, ever-helpful and knowledgeable about so many things. I was lucky to have someone like him and his family in my life. We had lots of good times! Wishing Sandy, Marcella, Angela, John & the Mays family peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • You have my deepest empathy. Tommy was such a special person. Sondra you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Angela, So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May his memory always bring joy to your heart. Rosemarie


  • Tia I am so so sorry I know how good of a man Tio was. I remember he always made me smile and laugh. I loved looking at his John Deere stuff. The best memory is he always made me feel welcome and like I belonged. I am sure life will not be the same. I do love you always. Again I am so sorry.