Joseph K. Mays


Joseph K. Mays Obituary
Joe Mays went home to be with the Lord, after a courageous battle against cancer. He passed away at home with loving family near. Joe was born in St. Joe, Arkansas on July 9, 1934 the only son of James Lloyd Mays and Malinda McIntire Mays.
Joe was brought to Hanford, California as a small child and grew up there, attending Hanford schools. As a very young man Joe was introduced to trucking, and it became his occupation into retirement.
Joe was preceded in death by his older sister Mickey Pfau, his brother-in law Edward Pfau, and his sister-in law Dorothy Smith. He is survived by his wife Marie, his son Joe Richard Mays(Becky) of Hideaway, Texas; son Jim Mays(Bonnie), and daughter Terri Mays Harmon (Dana) all of Bakersfield. Joe leaves behind his grandchildren Joseph Mays (Melissa), Brandon Reid (Courtney), Matthew Mays(Tamara), Kory Mays (Dayvea), Amanda Mays, Chelsea Sanford, and Dylan Mays, along with six beautiful great-grandchildren. Others left to mourn include his much-loved sister Linda Reachert and husband Tommy, daughters Jennifer and Shelley, sister-in law Barbara Robinson Thompson and husband Wayne and his lifelong friend and brother-in law David Smith. Some Special Others who will miss Joe include his devoted and faithful friend Victor Salcedo, his friends Ken and Irene Dempster with whom he shared many great hunts, nieces and nephews who thought the world of "Uncle Joe", and good friends too numerous to mention.
Joe loved the Lord and was a member of First Presbyterian Church Bakersfield. Until he became too ill, Joe looked forward to weekly Bible study with his friends at CBS. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and trap shooter throughout his life.
Joe would want us to thank the doctors at CBCC and most especially Optimal Hospice and his caring angels Kim and Phyllis.
A Celebration of Joe's life will be held Saturday August 9, 2014 , 11:00a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1705 17th Street, Bakersfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Optimal Hospice, Bakersfield or the missions program at First Presbyterian Church.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 3, 2014
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