In Loving Memory of
Morris Solon May
Benjamin Franklin declared, "You will find the key to success under the alarm clock." Indeed, Morris May was a man who understood this principle and wasnâ€™t afraid to wake up early, then work all day to achieve his goals. Morris died Thursday, February 25, 2016, at age 89, with his passing marked by a host of family and friends.
Born on July 10, 1926, in Winfield, Alabama, Morris was the youngest of eight children welcomed by William Louis "Bud" May and Chessie Lillian Taylor May, whose entire family were farmers. Six of his siblingsâ€"Arlie, Jalia, Reuben, Lomax, Voncille, and Floyâ€"preceded him in death, with only his brother Glen surviving him. After Morrisâ€™ mother died when he was five years old, his siblings and father raised him together, and when his father eventually remarried (during Morrisâ€™ early teens) and moved into town, Morris and Glen were left behind to work the farm themselves. By then, Morris could fix anything that needed repair. His father took the contract for driving the rural school bus, and Morris drove the school bus from age 16 until he left school to join the military.
Morris enlisted in the Navy towards the end of World War II, serving as a typist on board a ship that was stationed near Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines. (At one point, all of the May boys were serving their country simultaneously, throughout the world.) Morris and Helen "Maxine" Ehl dated during high school. After he returned from the war they eloped on April 5, 1947; their marriage lasted 68 years. Morris and Maxine had four children who now survive their father: Patricia May Walton (and husband Thomas Stephen), Gary May, Daniel May (and wife Robyn) and Randal May (and wife Robin).
Though a disciplinarian, Morris also retained a healthy sense of fun. He loved telling stories to anyone who would listenâ€"especially young people, he often said, since they had "no clue how easy" their lives were. Morris enjoyed road trips to visit family, making regular journeys to Alabama to see extended family, and California, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, and even Alaska to visit their children. He loved the outdoors; he liked camping, hunting (deer and upland game birds) and fishing, both saltwater and freshwater.
Faith in God was the most important thing in Morrisâ€™ life. He loved to sing with the church and with his family. He served as a preacher at the church of Christ in Yakima, Washington for over 50 years. He often said that, apart from his wedding day, the best day in his life was the day he was baptized.
Morris worked construction until he was hired as a millwright at the Hanford nuclear site in Richland, Washington. He worked there until he retired in 1988. Morris continued to preach until 2006, when he moved to College Station. His family remembers him as a hardworking, godly man who loved his family and enjoyed being with people. He often had a grin on his face that he would have described as being like "a mule eating briars."
In addition to his brother Glen, his wife Maxine, and their four children, Morris is survived by his nine grandchildren: Nathanael May (wife Misty), Megan May, Mindy Anderson (husband Daniel), Tiffany Spaulding (husband George), Heather Traficonte (husband Matt), Schuylor Walton, Taylor Walton, Chandlor Walton, and Maggie May, his eight great-grandchildren: Ezekiel, Atticus, Caleb, Chloe, Gavin, Asher, Brighton and Reese, and numerous nieces and nephews who loved him.
The Life Celebration of Morris May will be held 2 p.m. on Friday, March 4th, 2016 at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan with burial following at College Station Memorial Cemetery. A time for the family to receive friends will be held 5p.m.-7p.m. on Thursday at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan.
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