Russell Wayne Mays

June 26, 1950November 16, 2017
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Russell Wayne Mays, 67, of Albion, IL passed from this life to the next on November 16, 2017 at Rest Haven Manor in Albion.

Wayne was born June 26, 1950 in Mt. Vernon, IL to Olive (Lively) and Russell Mays. He married Anna Mae Morris on January 1, 1977 at the Keensburg Christian Church in Keensburg, IL, and she survives.

He had served as a part-time minister in the past for both the Bellmont Christian Church and the Wynoose Christian Church, and a factory worker at both Champion Labs and Snap-On. Wayne graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education from the Saint Louis Christian College in 2001, and was a member of the Sigma Lambda Chi Chi Honor Society. He enjoyed his grandchildren’s activities and singing for the Lord.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Anna Mae Mays of Albion; two sons: Jonathan (Rebekka) Mays of Browns and Kainen Mays of Albion; one daughter, Autumn Mays of Albion; three sisters: Diane Wilson of Oregon, Linda (Bob) Robinson of Mt. Vernon, and Elaine (Frankie) Owens of Mt. Vernon; and four grandchildren: Brooklyn, Trace, Maggie, and Windsor Mays. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Anna Maria Mays, and granddaughter Clemma Frances.

Visitation will be held Monday, November 20, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home in Albion. Funeral service will be Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Carmel.

Memorials may be made to Toys For Tots, and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Fond memories and online condolences may be shared with the family at

Ingram Funeral Home of Albion is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Visitation Monday, November 20, 2017
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Russell Wayne Mays

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Kathleen May

November 22, 2017

I was in school with Wayne and also attended church with him. Wayne and his family were all very dear and special. Wayne loved the Lord and was always so kind to everyone. And his smile could light up a room! Anna, my thoughts, prayers and love are being sent to you and your family.

Lea anne Clifton Gerst

November 21, 2017

Love and prayers to the whole family. I will always remember Uncle Wayne's laughter and great sense of humor. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Love and prayers - Lea Anne and Cole Gerst

Kirby Herr

November 20, 2017

He was such a strong man. So much humor and always smiling. Prayers go out to Anna and family from all of us at wabash.

Sherry Dickey

November 20, 2017

Prayers and sympathy for your loss. I was a classmate of Wayne's. He always had a smile on his face. Such a nice guy.

Sherry Leitzell Dickey

Alan & Carol Hale

November 19, 2017

Sorry for your husband and I were classmates with Wayne. I remember Wayne always being nice and happy. Always smiling!

Angie Garrett

November 18, 2017

Love and prayers Anna Mae and family. Wayne always had such a love and passion for God. I am sure he is singing in Heaven. Hugs, Angie and John

Betty Burns

November 17, 2017

Anna Mae and family
I know that it has been a tough time for all of you. You have my deepest sympathy. It is great to know that he is with Jesus now and does not suffer any more. Cherish the memories. God bless you all
Betty Burns