Yvonne "Von" Moore Mayo

November 23, 1938May 17, 2018
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Ruby Yvonne “Von” Mayo, 79, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born November 23, 1938 to Ray and Ruby Taylor Moore. She was a 1956 graduate of New Site High School. She was a lifelong member of East Prentiss Baptist Church. She was known and loved by many during her years as a cafeteria worker and school bus driver. In her later years she spent time doing what she loved, babysitting and an avid New Site Royal fan.

A Celebration of Life will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at East Prentiss Baptist Church with Bro. Ronnie Hatfield and Bro. Josh Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Paul Mayo of New Site; daughter, Amy Mayo Shook (Harvey) of Booneville; sons, Danny Mayo (Cammie) of New Site and Dennis Mayo (Lori) of New Site; grandchildren, Leslie Pounders (Jonathan), Scotty Mayo, Cadan Mayo, Camrie Mayo, Whitney Butler (Hank), Preston Mayo, Tyler Shook (Bridget) and Dylan Shook (Candace) and great grandchildren, Parker Pounders, Sawyer Pounders, Sadie Pounders, Hatti Butler and Hunter Butler; nieces, nephews and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Ricky Mayo; grandson, Hunter Mayo; and sisters, Martha Barnes and Sandra Harris.

Pallbearers are Scotty Mayo, Jonathan Pounders, Caden Mayo, Kyle Webb, Hank Butler, Preston Mayo, Tyler Shook and Dylan Shook.

Honorary pallbearers are Parker Pounders, Sawyer Pounders and Hunter Butler. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday, May 18, 2018 at McMillan Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the East Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery. Condolences may be left at


  • Paul Mayo, Husband
  • Amy Mayo (Harvey) Shook, Daughter
  • Danny (Cammie) Mayo, Son
  • Dennis (Lori) Mayo, Son
  • Leslie (Jonathan) Pounders, Granddaughter
  • Scotty Mayo, Grandson
  • Caden Mayo, Grandson
  • Camrie Mayo, Granddaughter
  • Whitney (Hank) Butler, Granddaughter
  • Preston Mayo, Grandson
  • Tyler (Bridget) Shook, Grandson
  • Dylan (Candace) Shook, Grandson
  • Parker Pounders, Great Grandson
  • Sawyer Pounders, Great Grandson
  • Sadie Pounders, Great Granddaughter
  • Hatti Butler, Great Granddaughter
  • Hunter Butler, Great Grandson
  • Ray Moore, Father
  • Ruby Taylor Moore, Mother
  • Ricky Mayo, Son
  • Hunter Mayo, Grandson
  • Martha Barns, Sister
  • Sandra Harris, Sister

  • Scotty Mayo, Active Pallbearer
  • Jonathan Pounders, Active Pallbearer
  • Caden Mayo, Active Pallbearer
  • Kyle Webb, Active Pallbearer
  • Hank Butler, Active Pallbearer
  • Preston Mayo, Active Pallbearer
  • Tyler Shook, Active Pallbearer
  • Dylan Shook, Active Pallbearer
  • Parker Pounders, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Sawyer Pounders, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Hunter Butler, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 19, 2018

Yvonne "Von" Moore Mayo

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Darlene Chittom

May 19, 2018

In 1994 when we had the ice storm I was renting the little house beside Paul and Von witch wasVons mothers house.They didn't want my Daughter ,son and me to stay at the house for they were afraid that the power would go off and we would get to cold so they came and brought us to their house,and it did.But they took care of us like we were theirs. I will always remember how sweet she was to me and my children.She was a kind and sweet lady.



Yvonne Moore Mayo was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. "Von" always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, "Von" was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      "Von" was born on November 23, 1938 at her family's home in Marietta, MS. Her parents were Ray and Ruby Moore. "Von" was raised in East Prentiss, New Site, MS. Always able to express herself well, "Von" possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, "Von" was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, "Von" was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. "Von" was raised with two sisters, Martha Barnes and Sandra Harris. "Von" had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, "Von" showed her creative ability in many ways. She was outgoing and animated. "Von" enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. She took part in basketball. In her spare time she liked spending time with friends and family.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, "Von" was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. Her curious nature was spurred by her ability to maximize her personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. She was good with facts and had an excellent memory. She graduated from New Site High School in 1956. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Ralph Smith. Also was selected as a FFA Sweetheart while in high school.

      Friends and acquaintances found "Von" an easy woman to get to know, and those close to her would often praise her open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. "Von" was uncomplicated and straightforward in her relationships, which allowed her to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of her best friends were Inez Moore, Jack Barron and Roy Pounders. Later in life, she became friends with Yvonne Beasley, Linda Eaton, Ruby Denson and a special cousin Freda Schaffer.

      On December 19, 1953 "Von" exchanged wedding vows with Paul Ray Mayo at in a two room house in Booneville, MS. "Von" was attentive to Paul's feelings, and she charmed Paul and others with her gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, "Von" was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid herself, "Von" identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. "Von" was blessed with 4 children: 3 sons Danny, Ricky, and Dennis and one daughter Amy. They were also blessed with 9 grandchildren: Leslie, Scotty, Whitney, Tyler, Hunter, Dylan, Preston, Camrie, Cadan. And 5 great grandchildren: Parker, Sawyer, Hatti, Hunter and Sadie.

      "Von" was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, "Von"’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, "Von" was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. "Von" could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. Her primary occupation was Homemaker and babysitter. She was employed for Golden manufacturing, Marietta School Cafeteria, and a school bus driver for New Site and Marietta schools for many years.

      Because she liked to take risks, "Von" was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. She was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. "Von" was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were New Site basketball, baseball and softball, Atlanta Braves and Memphis Grizzlies.

      "Von" was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made her a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which she belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, "Von" worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout her later years, "Von" was an active member of the New Site Booster Club.

      "Von" held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to her. She was a member lifelong member of East Prentiss Baptist Church.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that "Von" truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included family trips to Jackson, MS for New Site basketball.

      When "Von"’s retirement finally came in 1988, she was well prepared. She used logical analysis of her retirement options in order to ensure her retirement would be fulfilling. Still, she was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. In retirement, she found new pleasure in babysitting grandchildren and great grandchildren.

      "Von" passed away on May 17, 2018 at Magnolia Hospital in Corinth, MS. She is survived by her loving husband Paul: children Danny Mayo (Cammie), Dennis Mayo (Lori), Amy Shook (Harvey); grandchildren: Leslie Pounders (JP), Scotty Mayo, Camrie Mayo, Cadan Mayo, Whitney Butler (Hank), Preston Mayo, Tyler Shook (Bridget) and Dylan Shook (Candace); great grandchildren: Parker, Sawyer and Sadie Pounders and Hatti and Hunter Butler. Services were held at East Prentiss Baptist Church. "Von" was laid to rest in East Prentiss Cemetery in New Site, MS.

      "Von" was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If "Von" had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Yvonne Moore Mayo.