January 21, 2013

Howard James Mays

Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Howard James Mays, 92, of Madison, Ind., passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Madison, Ind.

Born Feb. 11, 1920 in Hamilton, Ohio. He was the loving son of the late, George W. and Loretta Doyle Mays.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Rosie Young Mays; his son, Russell Mays; his daughter, Evelyn Joyce Mays; his brothers, Perry, Lawrence, Paul, Raleigh and Jeff Mays; his granddaughters, Pamela and Rose Ann; and his grandson, Richard.

Howard will be missed by his loving wife of 32 years, Mary Kathryn Lively Mays of Madison, Ind.; his loving sons, Larry Mays and wife, Patricia of Corydon, Ind., Gary Mays and his wife, Linda of Georgetown, Ind., and Kenny Mays and his wife, Tammy of London; his loving daughters, Carolyn Wisman and her husband, Jimmy of Floyds Knobs, Ind., Wanda Smith and her husband, Eugene of Charlestown, Ind., and Rita Kakavecos and her husband, Chris of Morgantown, Ind.; his step daughter, Mary Sue Whitteker and her husband, Calvin of Bluefield, W. Va; his adopted son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Debby Barnes of Dupont, Ind.; his sister, Stella Pruitt and her husband, Larry of Depaw, Ind.; his brother, Elijah Mays and his wife, Irene of Fairfield, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Howard’s family moved to London when he was nine years old and he attended school there.

On Nov. 21, 1938 he was united in marriage to Rosie Young in Symbol, Ky. This happy union was blessed with four sons and four daughters. Howard was a hard worker and moved when necessary to find a good job to support his growing family. He had worked in the Steel Mills in Gary, Ind.,  the Dupont Company in Louisville, Ky., worked in the reserves for the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department and had held other jobs as well. He was a master plumber by trade and had owned and operated Mays Plumbing in London. Howard had worked as a master plumber for B.F. Goodrich in Louisville for 22 years.

His wife, Rosie died on Jan. 8, 1980 after 42 years of marriage together. Howard enjoyed antiques, collecting things, farming and raising horses. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, beginning with the New Albany Lodge No. 39 and now was a member of the Union Lodge No 2 F. & A.M. in Madison.

He was united in marriage on June 1, 1980 in London to Mary Kathryn Lively Powers. Howard had been a member of the Lions Creek Baptist Church in Pulaski County, Ky., and now with the Green Road Baptist Church in Madison.  

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Monday, Jan. 21 by the Rev. Richard McDole at the Bowling Funeral Home.

Interment will follow in the Brummett Cemetery in East Bernstadt.

Friends called from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, Ind., and  may call today, Jan. 21 from 12 noon until time of the funeral service at Bowling Funeral Home.

Union Lodge No. 2 F. & A.M. conducted services at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Morgan & Nay.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Road Baptist Church.