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Cecil "Lee" May

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Retired from the civil service
Cecil "Lee" May, 72, a longtime resident of Alamogordo, went to meet his Lord and Maker Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, in Alamogordo.
Lee was born in Ranger, Texas, on Jan. 20, 1935, to Cecil R. "Ted" and Eloise J. May. He graduated from Beckville High School in 1953 and from the University of Texas at Austin in January 1959 with a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering. Following his graduation from college, Lee was employed by the Radar Division at White Sands Missile Range in February 1959.
He met his life partner, Alice, in 1962 while carpooling from El Paso to the missile range. They were married Dec. 20, 1963, and relocated to Alamogordo in October 1965. Lee retired as chief of the Data Collection Division at WSMR, to a standing room-only ceremony on July 3, 2000. He was highly respected and was considered a "man's man."
Lee joined the Alamogordo Evening Lions Club in October 1970. Since that time, he served in most of the offices of the club and at the district and multiple district levels, including district governor in 1987-88 and multiple council chairman and multiple 40 in 1988-89.
Survivors include his loving wife of 44 years, Alice May, of the family home; one daughter, Connie Hoey and her husband Rick, of La Luz; a granddaughter, Kerri Smith, of Alamogordo; a great-granddaughter, Rebecca Smith, of Alamogordo; and a great-grandson, Joshua Lee, of Alamogordo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ross; and a son, Thomas Myers.
A memorial service will be conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Hamilton-O'Dell Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Steve Trout officiating.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
To send condolences to the family or sign the online guest book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 15 to Jan. 30, 2008
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