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Samuel Lyon May (Sam)

Posted By Hall-Wynne On September 12, 2017 @ 3:45 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 8 Comments

Samuel Lyon May (Sam) was born on May 8, 1944 at Watts Hospital in Durham, NC. He was welcomed by his parents Inez Lyon May and Ned Hannon May.
Sam fought a long and courageous battle with cancer. He lost that fight on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Services were held for the family on Friday, September 1, 2017 followed by inurnment at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham. He is survived by his wife Frances (happily married for 54 years), one daughter Laura May Outlaw (Chris), one granddaughter Laura Outlaw Zamora, one great granddaughter Adaline Zamora and his dog Annie. He is also survived by his sisters Betsy May Brown and Judy May Berry (Robert), a brother Tom May (Carol) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sam began working as a young boy at D. C. May Company (started by his Grandfather in 1921). He learned the painting and decorating business from “inside the closet out”. He was active in the Painting and Decorating Contractors Association and was a past President of the Carolinas Council.

Sam attended the Durham Public Schools and graduated from UNC, Chapel Hill in 1966. He was a member of Watts Street Baptist Church. Following his Father’s death in 1972, Sam served as a Deacon at his church. He was a Boy Scout and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was most proud of his God and Country Award which was presented to him by his Mother at the church. Sam married his high school sweetheart, Frances Hutchins, on June 29, 1963. He was a born and bred “Tarheel” and attended all Carolina sports events with his Son-In-Law, Chris. He served on the Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship Selection Committee for over 30 years. He also served on the YMCA Board and was a charter member of the North State Sertoma Club. He was an avid sportsman and he loved fishing and hunting. He was an excellent golfer and good tennis player, winning quite a few trophies.

Memorials to Sam may be sent to The Durham Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 11858, Durham, NC 27703 or the American Cancer Society or an organization of your choice.
Arrangements for the May family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.hallwynne.com.

Condolences for the family of “Samuel Lyon May (Sam)”

Condolence from Jane Hayes on September 12th, 2017 4:03 pm

Sam and I were at Durham High together. He will be misssed. Prayers and peace to family.

Jane Beavers Hayes

Condolence from Judith May Berry on September 13th, 2017 7:10 am

Smiling through the tears. I am holding all who loved and knew this precious brother of mine in my heart and prayers.

Condolence from Gretchen Cooley on September 13th, 2017 2:11 pm

Sincere condolences to the May family, especially Judy May Berry who cared so deeply.. I wish you whatsoever soothes your spirit, comforts your soul and brings you peace at this difficult time.

Condolence from Patsy Mitchell- Wiggins on September 13th, 2017 8:48 pm

Sam and I grew up together. Our mothers were best friends and played golf together at Hilliandale and my dad was one of his dad’s best friends. Although we haven’t seen each other in a long time, it saddened me greatly to see his passing. My love to all the family.

Condolence from Juanita Woods on September 14th, 2017 3:05 pm

I was so sorry to hear of Mr. May’s passing. I knew him as a fabulous coach at Oak Grove Athletic Association. My son, Robert Woods was coached by him and he was so fond of Mr. May. I pray for his family and offer our condolences. May his memory be carried on.

Juanita and son Robert Woods

Condolence from Linda C. Cole on September 17th, 2017 11:53 am

Please accept my sincere condolences. I worked at D. C. May Company from 1962 – 1969, when my first child was born. Sam was a joy to be around as we were the same age and he married on my birthday. Laura my prayers are with you and all the family. He fought a tough battle but now is at peace. Love and prayers to all of you. Sincerely,

Condolence from Terry Robeerts on September 17th, 2017 2:42 pm

I was shocked when I saw Sam’s picture in the Durham paper Sunday Morning .

everyone liked Sam –If you couldn’t along with Sam something must wrong with you..

You will be missed by many..

Terry J. Roberts

Condolence from Juanita Woods on September 20th, 2017 10:35 pm

Sorry May family! I do offer my condolence so sorry for your loss! But I thought this was another Mr. May so if you are wondering who I am! Sorry for this mistake!

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