SMSgt. Richard L. Mays, USAF (Ret.)

February 2, 1940December 28, 2012
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HAUGHTON, LA – Services for SMSgt. Richard L. Mays USAF (Ret.), 72, will be held on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. with Bryan Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will be receiving friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Richard (Dick) retired from the U.S. Air Force and spent his life dedicated to the defense of our country as an electrical engineer. He was an honorary member of the Barksdale Chief’s Club. He took great pride in his yard and home and enjoyed the company of his friends and family. Dick will be remembered for his artistic talent and his love for taking care of other people. Richard was preceded in death by his parents Harry Dean Mays and Katherine Hand Willis, first wife Bonnie Mays, brother Ronnie Mays and Mike Lea and Terry Barley. He is survived by his wife Norma Mays, daughters Sharon Barley, Toni Ford and husband Charlie, Michelle Johnscher and husband Richard, Jodi Burr and husband Tim, brother Matt Mays, grandchildren Robert Lea, Richard Mackin, Kristi Mackin, Carrie Golden, Keith Golden, Dean Johnscher, Jacob Lott, Adam Golden, Corey Burr, Josie Lott, Carson Burr and Caellen Burr as well as nine great grandchildren and a host of other loving friends and family. The family would like to thank Promise Hospital for the care they gave to their Papa and the compassion they showed the family. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 1, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 1, 2013

SMSgt. Richard L. Mays, USAF (Ret.)

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January 4, 2013

How saddened we were to hear of Dick's passing. He was a very dear friend and professional associate and will be sorely missed throughtout the USAF EW community. We were very fortunate to have visited you and Dick in October and will always cherish that memory.
Nell & Steve Cote (Newport News VA)

Steve Dellamore

January 2, 2013


I just received a very sad email this morning informing me of Dick's passing and Darlene and I are broken hearted. Dick and I became very good friends over the years and will always have very fond memories of our trips to Florida and the great times I always had when Dick and I were TDY together so many times. I will never forget him. If there is anything I can do for you from this far away, or if you would ever just like to chat with an old friend, please never hesitate to call. I hope you are doing okay and continue to move on through a long and happy life. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers forever.

Steve & Darlene Dellamore

Steven and Valerie Patterson

January 1, 2013

Tim and Jodi and family, we are genuinely sorry for this tremendous loss in your lives. Though we never had an opportunity to meet Jodi's dad, we knew that he had to be an extraordinary man because of the loving way you all spoke of him. You and your family have been in our prayers and thoughts. Our deepest condolences to you all.

Linda Lindemann

January 1, 2013

Jodi and family please take comfort that Papa is now with our Father.

Joan Clay

January 1, 2013

We have been in this man home many times and he was he was a very kind man. You all were very lucky to have him. Our hearts and prayers are with you all at this time. Love and prayer from Joan & Clinton Clay, Campton NH.

Beverly Harlan

January 1, 2013

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. Treasure the precious memories you have of your father.

Wayne Tilley

December 31, 2012

So sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.

December 31, 2012

Jodi and family, thinking of you and appreciate the love your Dad, Mom and Norma always showed to Tasha. You truly are her second family.