L. Rudolph Mays, 81, of Elizabethtown, was called home by his Creator on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
He was born July 19, 1932, in the Glendale community of Hardin County. Rudy attended Glendale Elementary School and graduated from Elizabethtown High School in 1950. In 1954, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University and served in the U.S. Air Force as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer from May 1955 to November 1957. Capt. L. R. Mays was transferred to the inactive USAF Reserve in January 1973.
Rudy founded Commercial Courier, Inc. in 1961 to shuttle financial documents between 176 local banks and the Federal Reserve Bank in Louisville. He first retired in 1966 when his firm was acquired by Armored Carrier Corp. His second retirement in 1991 was from Kentucky Bureau for Health Services.
He and his wife, Marian Cowley Mays, became snowbirds for 15 years, spending their winters in southwest Florida.
Rudy is a member of Morrison Masonic Lodge No. 76, F&AM, Grand Commandery of the Knight Templars, Kosair Shrine Temple, Riasok Shrine Club, a Kentucky Colonel and a past member of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club
. Rudy and Marian are members of Severns Valley Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, W. F. and Winnie D. Sydnor Mays, and two brothers, W. Ralph Mays and J. Randall Mays.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marian Cowley Mays; two sons, Steven (Patti) Mays of Elizabethtown and Mark (Melinda) Mays of Dayton, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Katie, Laura, Matthew and Taylor Reneé Mays.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Brown Funeral Home with Rev. J.D. Shipp officiating. Interment with military rites follows in the Mays Family Estate in Hardin Memorial Park on North Miles Street.
Visitation is from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with a masonic service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Kosair Shriners Charities for Crippled Children or Severns Valley Baptist Church Building Fund.