MAY, JAMES MADISON - Cleveland County, Arkansas | JAMES MADISON MAY - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

James Madison MAY

Greenwood Cemetery
Cleveland County,

February 27, 1873 - September 19, 1933

James was the son of Robert J and Eudora (Varnell) May

Obiturary - Cleveland County Herald September 20, 1933
Veteran Business Man Succumbs to Long Illness Early This Morning.
James Madison (Matt) May, aged 60 years, one of Cleveland County's best known and most useful citizens died at his home here at 3 o'clock this (Wednesday) morning after an illness of nearly two years, having been confined to his bed for 16 months, during which time no hopes have been held for any permanent improvement in his condition. In failing health for the past four years, he resorted to a surgical operation in June 1932, but nothing appeared to benefit him.
Mr. May, veteran merchant and businessman of the county, was born at Toledo on February 27, 1873 and grew to manhood there. He entered the mercantile business at Toledo when a young man operating a general store for a number of years, later moving to Rison where he has been in business several times. He was also manager of I.E. Moore's store here for several years, resigning that position to again enter the mercantile business for himself. He retired from business and closed his store more than a year ago when he became unable to devote any of his time to his business on account of his health. He was married to Miss Gussie Mae Flournoy on August 19, 1903.
Probably no man in this section was able to win and hold friends better than he. He had a keen sense of humor, a happy, winning personality, an unfailing loyalty to his friends, and was fundamental in his beliefs. He was identified with the progress and welfare of his country, taking much interest in church, social and political activities. He united with the Methodist Church here six years ago and has been one of its most faithful and loyal members since. He has served continuously on the board of stewards of his church and for the past two years has been chairman of the board. For a number of years he was secretary of the Cleveland County Democratic Central Committee. He was a member of the board of directors of the local school board for years, serving as chairman of that body also until his health failed completely. He has served as alderman at Rison on several occasions.
In addition to his widow, he is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Robert Mays of Fordyce, Misses Georgia Louise, Elizabeth, James Catherine and Norma May of this city; his father, R.J. May of Rison; one sister, Mrs. Rosa Willis of Los Angeles, California and three half brothers, Robert and Russell May of Rison and Walter C. May with the U.S. Navy at Long Beach, California.
Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church here Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock by the Rev. M.E. Scott, pastor, the Rev. Harold D. Sadler of Texarkana, Rev. A.W. Hamilton of Mena, both former pastors, and Rev. W.F. Warren, pastor of the local Baptist church. Burial will be at Greenwood cemetery with services at the grave in charge of Culpepper Lodge F. and A. Masons of which Mr. May was a member.
Pallbearers are: Active-J.L. Sadler, Jno. T. Haskins, R.C. Searcy, Craig Sadler, H.M. Attwood, M.L. Wilson, Carter Hartsell and Penn Ramick. Honorary-Judge Rufus Ramick, Judge Rufus Smith, E.L. McLendon, J.H. Atkins, O.F. Reed, J.B. Searcy, I.E. Moore, J.W. Elrod, W.F. Worsham, Van McKinney, Victor and Leon Moore, L.C. Ackerman, J.S. Richardson, C.S. Hobson, Roy Wilson, Dr. A.J. Hamilton, Jack Owens, L.F. Williams, R.W. Thomasson, I.B. Williams and J. Lowery Reed, all of Rison, Joe Cook and Red O'Keefe of Pine Bluff and J.H. Henderson of Bradley.

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Submitted: 7/6/11 • Approved: 7/6/11 • Last Updated: 7/21/12 • R558010-G0-S3

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