George W. “Bill” May, 89, passed away Sunday evening, June 26, 2011, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
Military and Masonic graveside services will be held at the Garden of Memories Cemetery on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 11 a.m. with memorial services at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Phillip Thomas officiating.
George W. “Bill” May was born Dec. 11, 1921, in Pyron, Texas. He moved to Sweetwater in 1924 with his family. Attending the Sweetwater schools, Bill was active in Sweetwater athletics. When in school, Bill had the Fort-Worth Star Telegram agency; Bill would get up each morning at 4 a.m. to meet the train at the old local train depot to get papers to deliver before school.
Bill attended Angelo State University before joining the United States Air Force in WWII serving the China-Burma India area, as an armored gunner who was responsible for all guns and maintenance of guns while in flight. He was also in charge of the bomader scope.
When returning from WWII, Bill was associated with his brother S.J. in construction business. They owned and operated May Brother Lumber Bin, Town and Country Concrete and other business interests. On Jan. 1, 1956, May Brothers bought a track of land, one of the largest single residential real estate transactions in many years. This being the Monticello addition, many homes in Sweetwater were built by Bill and S.J. On Oct. 18, 1951, Bill married the former Bettye Joe Brown, a long time Sweetwater resident.
Bill is survived by his wife, Bettye May of Sweetwater; a son, Walt May and his wife Kerri of Sweetwater; a daughter, Caye (Kay) Davis and husband Paul of Hudson Oaks, TX; six grandchildren, Brandon and Kim Kuss of Fort Worth, Bryan and Nathan Davis of Hudson Oaks, Whitley and Sharla May and Anne Marie and Max May of Sweetwater; and two great-grandchildren, Allison Acebedo and George Weston May.
Pallbearers will be his six grandchildren, Brandon Kuss, Bryan Davis, Nathan Davis, Whitley May, Anne Marie May and Max May.
There will be a family visitation from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday evening at McCoy Funeral Home.