Alexander Funeral Home - North Chapel

4200 Stringtown Road, Evansville, IN


Thomas J. May

June 8, 1930September 9, 2019

Thomas J May, 89 years old, passed away on Monday, September 9th after an extended illness.

Fondly known as Tom, Dad, or G-Pa, he is survived by his wife of 67 years Mary Jean (Cobb), three sons: Fred (Owensboro), Gordon and Andy (Evansville), a daughter: Kristi (Hurley) (Fort Wayne) and a brother: Ronald (Evansville).

Tom loved his eight grandchildren: Lara May, Brant May, Emily May, Breanne Meyer, Kelci Burnam, Lindsey Abrose, McKenzie May, Lauren May, and five great grandchildren: Ava, Carter, Hannah, Caroline and Marie Frances.

Tom was raised on a Spencer County (Lamar) family farm and, after chores, practiced his piano. His love of music would lead him in the pursuit of a degree in instrumental education from Evansville College, now University of Evansville. Tom also played in various dance bands in the tristate area and also played the trombone.

Tom and Mary Jean married in 1952 and moved to Knox County where Tom taught instrumental music in Decker Indiana. In 1957 they moved to Evansville where he took the position of instrumental music teacher at the newly built Plaza Park Grade School on the east side of Evansville.

In 1960, Tom changed careers and entered the packaging business via a 20 year stay at Bernardin Bottle Cap where he was General Sales Manager. In 1980, after the sale of Bernardin, Tom joined Sunbeam Plastics as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Sunbeam grew rapidly and is now part of Berry Global.

Tom retired in 1992 to enjoy his passion of gardening and earned his Master Gardeners Certificate.

One of his favorite places was Kentucky Lake where he would boat and sail and enjoy the sunsets over Cypress Bay.

Tom continued to enjoy his piano and electronic keyboards his entire life.

Nothing provided Tom more joy than time with his family and a family remembrance will be held at Alexander Funeral Home North Chapel to say goodbye.

Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNorthChapel.com.


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Sissy Hill

September 12, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. May. God comfort you and provide peace in the days ahead.
Sissy Hill

Jean Matheson

September 11, 2019

Andy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I only knew of your dad from your always entertaining stories, but I know he must have been a great and loving dad because he raised you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

Jean Matheson

Jane and Walt Koch

September 11, 2019

Whenever I think of Tom I smile. What wonderful times we had with Tommay ( that’s what our kids called him)! I fondly remember the many times we celebrated birthdays and holidays at Kentucky Lake. We loved listening to him play “the happy organ”-at least that’s what we called his keyboard at the lake. Tom and his whole family were a great part of our lives. Thank you Tom for all the memories.

Kathy Kerchief

September 11, 2019

Mary, I want to send my prayers and condolences and let you know I am thinking of you in this difficult time. I know what a close family you have and know you will have their love and support. So sorry for your loss. Kathy Kerchief

Betty (Purcell) Amers

September 11, 2019

I was one of Mr. Mays first student at Decker High. He helped me to learn the trombone and helped me on the organ.

Mr. May will always be remembered for his kindness and extra mile to get his students to do their best.

Mary Jane I still was wondering how you all were doing. I remember you lived close to University of Evansville after you left Decker. I am sorry for his death.

Betty (Purcell) Amers

Jim & Marianna Vogel

September 11, 2019

We truly have lost a dear friend of many years.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mary Jean and family.
We will stay in touch.
Our Love,
Jim and Marianna

Aaron Wilson

September 11, 2019

So sorry for your loss. He seemed like a great man from the stories you told of him. One of his proudest and most wonderful achievements has to have been raising such a wonderful gentleman as yourself. I'm sure your heart for loving others came from him and it shines through bright enough to light the world. Thanks for always being such a great man, I'm sure he will be telling all his friends about you and your siblings up in Heaven.

Brad Dame

September 11, 2019

Fred and Family I am sorry to hear about your loss. You will be in our prayers.
-Brad Dame

David Little

September 11, 2019

Fred and Family, Sorry for your loss. Reading about your father provided proof of a life rich with love of family, music, and much success in his work life. I know he will be missed. David