Eddie Lee May
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The character Lee May exemplified could be summed up as gentle and immediately approachable, but there was much more than that: May was a soulful man of the soil.
"He knew the soul of gardening," said his friend and colleague Walter Reeves. "There was hardly any distinction between his body and the earth; he just appreciated everything about a plant."
May was a journalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Los Angeles Times for more than 25 years. He was one of the AJC's first African-American editorial writers, said his wife, Lyn May.
May was a news writer and editor at the AJC in the 1970s and left for the Los Angeles Times in the 1980s. During his tenure with the Times he wrote on a variety of issues including immigration and economics. He covered the White House during the Reagan administration. May moved from Washington to become the Times' Atlanta bureau chief in 1989.
Eddie Lee May, of Marietta, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 73. Read the news obituary
Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 6, 2014.
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February 9, 2018
Dawn Gray
October 19, 2015
Even though I never had the joy of meeting Mr. May, I knew him through his many articles I collected. What a pleasure it is to read them again and again. Blessings and sympathy to his family.
Miriam Syler
January 12, 2015
To my valued neighbor, I will cherish our memories of Beebe Rd and your Z car. See you in heaven one of these days.

Nic Damuck
January 1, 2015
I was so sorry to hear of Lee's recent passing. We had corresponded on gardening topics several times in the late '90's and a few times after he moved to Connecticut. I just recently read that Lee and Lyn had moved back, living not far away in Marietta. I had thought about emailing him to see if he would like to see some "secret" natural spots at Kennesaw Mtn, but got caught up with other things and never got around to it. And now I'm too late. Our thoughts are with Lee's family...
Bruce Roberts
December 29, 2014
I will always cherish our friendship.
Willis Perry
December 18, 2014
As a young aspiring journalist still in college at UGA, Lee May was a mentor to me. When I finally got the chance to meet him face to face, he did not disappoint. He was as humble and professional as they come. I continued to follow his career in Los Angeles and beyond. Thank you Lee for paving the way for many and showing us how to be first class professional journalists. May you rest in peace.
Audraine Jackson
December 17, 2014
Mr. May, thank you very much for writing about my dad when he was working at the post office.

Courtney Scott
December 15, 2014
Loved your Joy and Lore of Gardening...Sorely Missed My Good Man..
Thomas Parks
December 14, 2014
Oh my! I am so surprised. I always enjoyed his love of writing & gardening...... My condolences to his family!
December 13, 2014
Dear Lyn
With the deepest condolence on your loss, I know that the life you had will generate many memories that will comfort you as you mourn you loss. Our family is strong and we are praying for comfort and peace.
Your Cousin Marilyn & Bob
December 10, 2014
Please accept my condolences,sorry for your loss of love one. May your heart find peace and comfort. Matthew 11:28,19,30,
e r
December 10, 2014
Lee May was my mentor, my teacher, (as one of my internship supervisors), my friend and my example of how to love life and live it to the fullest. My condolences to Lynn and the wonderful blend of families. I shall always value Lee for his warmth, sincerity and love of humankind. Rest, Lee, rest in sweet peace.
Ann Kimbrough
December 10, 2014
I was heartbroken to hear the news. Lee spoke at my house for garden club in January, and I was so impressed with him. To his family, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tricia Stevens
December 10, 2014
lynn, gene and I share your loss and want you to have our heartfelt wishes with love
marilyn kalet
marilyn and gene kalet
December 10, 2014
lynn, we are thinking of you at this time, and share your loss.
we send our best to you and love
marilyn and gene kalet
December 10, 2014
Sending your family condolences for a talented writer, whose column grabbed my attention during his days at the AJC and once again on his blog. I treasure the shrimp pie recipe that was published in the AJC years ago!
Roban
December 10, 2014
I only knew Lee through his articles and e-mail. He loved his flowers, etc. and it was reflected in his columns. Our loss is heavens garden gain.
Jerry Scharoun
December 10, 2014
Please accept our heartfelt condolences. May Almighty God, family and friends comfort you during this time of grief.
Dave--- 1 Cor 1 : 3, 4-- Isa 26 : 4
December 9, 2014
God's gardens will be even more beautiful...loved reading all he wrote.
Sincere Sympathy. Margaret Stewart, a gardener.
December 9, 2014
Condolences to Mrs. May and family, I loved Lee May's articles about gardening and could not wait for them to appear in the AJC each week. Our prayers are with his family.
Betty McHaney
December 9, 2014
I will miss his appearances on the Victory Garden, enjoyed many of his articles and interviews through the years, may God bless.
David Sr Jennings
December 9, 2014
My sincere condolences, Luke 20:38
G Ford
December 9, 2014
What a beautiful soul and forever friend! Ron and I will miss you, Lee! I hope you continue to smile down on all the gardens that were inspired by your words!
December 8, 2014
May you have faith in the God of comfort. He gave his son so we may have hope. John 3:16
December 8, 2014
I did not know Mr. May personally but in reading about him it is obvious that he was able to touch many through his gift of writing. May friends and family treasure fond memories and may the God of tender mercies comfort you in the days ahead.
December 7, 2014
Agnes Lovett Shepperson
December 7, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Lee's passing. I used to read him back when he was first at the AJC. I enjoyed his insights and comments on the local political goings-on. I came to enjoy his occasional asides into gardening issues when he was supposed to be writing hard news and opinion. I had no idea then, but I eventually became a gardening columnist in one of Atlanta's local newspapers. I wrote to Lee when I saw that he had moved back to Atlanta last year and received a most kind response. He added a lot to this world and will be missed. God bless all his family and friends.
Jeff Coghill, Dunwoody
December 7, 2014
Lee was a true gentleman and a beautiful soul. He will be missed by all.
Barbara Matusow
December 6, 2014
I was delighted to meet Mr. May once and told him I loved when he wrote about mimosa trees since we loved climbing the one in my grandparents' yard. However, we called them powder puff trees. The next time he wrote about them he referred to them as powder puffs and made them sound so elegant! He was a gifted writer and a gracious person who will be greatly missed.
Susan Folds
December 6, 2014
God will welcome MR. May into the garden in heaven. I enjoyed reading his articles. He was a gentleman in every way.
December 6, 2014
I loved his writings. He will be sadly missed by all.
RSA
December 6, 2014
When the main way to read the AJC newspaper was in hand and in print, I LOVED reading the Lee May features. His thoughtful, reflective writing was soothing when others sought to be bombastic. I have missed him for a long time. I send my heartfelt condolences to those who actually knew him, particularly his family.
December 6, 2014
We will always have wonderful memories of Lee.Our
sympathy is to Lyn and their entire familly. Love,
Carol & Paul Muldawer
Carol & Paul Muldawer
December 6, 2014
Gentle, soulful, elegant, a good man. All that and more. We all could take lessons from his life. He will be sorely missed. I am so glad I have his books.
Vivian Saffold
December 6, 2014
I did not know Mr. May, but from what I read
He loved growing flowers, Eddie was loved
and will sorely be missed by His family.
Sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Eddie.
December 5, 2014
Loved his articles rip Mr.May/AND BLESSINGS TO YOUR FAMILY
December 5, 2014
What a joy Mr. May's columns were--a privilege to read and share. When he bought land in my native North Georgia county, I felt honored to know he loved a place I also loved. To his family: thank you for sharing him with us.
Ashley Williams
December 5, 2014
I never shook Mr. May's hand, or even spoke to or saw him in person. I knew him only through his writing and published photograph. I am saddened by his passing and send prayers of comfort and healing to his family.
Mary Shuman
December 5, 2014
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Joanne Carter
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