Berry Highland West

9913 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN


Terry May

January 2, 1967June 7, 2020
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Terry Warren May, age 53, of Knoxville, TN passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020. Terry was a good man. He had an infectious laugh. His joy made everyone comfortable, and he considered everyone a friend. Most importantly, he was loyal, honorable, and you could trust him with your life. His family and friends were everything to him. "The more the merrier," was one of his favorite sayings. Terry married and adored the love of his life, Colleen 8 years ago. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and was a true patriot. Terry was an avid U.T. Football fan. His hobbies were golfing, boating, spending time on the lake, cooking for everyone and making sure everyone had a great time. Terry was a man of great faith, and God gave him a compassionate heart for all the people he knew and loved.

Terry is survived by his loving wife, Colleen May; daughters, Devon May and Danielle Runner; son, Jason Runner; granddaughter, Samantha Runner; parents, Mary Lyda and Dick Wellons; sister, Robin Macias; brothers, Richard Wellons, David Wellons, Warren May, and Britt Wellons and several special friends.

Terry's family will receive friends on Friday, June 12, 2020 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Berry Highland West Funeral Home, 9913 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932 with his Celebration of Life immediately following at 7:00pm with Pastor Tim Inklebarger officiating. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.berryhighlandwest.com


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    Friday, June 12, 2020

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    Friday, June 12, 2020


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Sara Sizemore

June 25, 2020

Prayers to Terry's family, though I don't personally know you. Terry will definitely be missed! He was great to work with and knew his customers well. His attention to detail combined with his matter-of-fact attitude meant that he could be counted on and trusted beyond a doubt. Heaven has the benefit of his presence but here we have memories. Sending comfort to you during this difficult time and know others are praying on your behalf.

Don Trew

June 22, 2020

Condolences to family and friends. Terry was a former student many years ago. We were shocked to hear of his passing. Saw him many years ago working traffic in downtown Gatlinburg
..shouting "Coach Trew" from a couple hundred feet away. Had to sift through the crowd before settling in on the big grin in the middle of the road. Me and the boss, who also had him in grade school were happy to see him and he seemed truly happy with the relocation north. Great kid, fond memories- Coach Don Trew, Coach/ Science Teacher (retired), Hardee Senior HS

Louann Trew

June 22, 2020

So sorry to hear of Terry's passing. I remember him as one of my elementary students. He was sharp and witty - always quick with a smile and a laugh. My condolences to his family and friends.

Ron Andersen

June 20, 2020

My name is Ron Andersen I work at Tennessee Tool & Engineering in Oak Ridge and was very sad to hear of Terry’s passing. He had a infectious personality and was a joy to be around we would talk every Tuesday morning while on his route. I’m the guy that had to sign the paperwork. He will be missed, I looked forward to seeing him every week. I will be sad for a long time.


Phyllis Smoot

June 20, 2020

Dear Mary Lyda,
Shawn and I are sitting here reminiscing about Terry and all their experiences together as boys growing up in Wauchula. Shawn said he remembered that Terry liked all sports and he was into everything, full of energy always.
He was a good friend.

I remember our two blond boys always smiling and definitely full of energy . Wauchula wouldn't have been the same without our guys.
They had a wonderful childhood growing up in a small town environment.

Praying for you today.

Love you,
Phyllis and Shawn

Bonnie Hall

June 15, 2020

To my dear friend, Mary Lyda,
I am so very sorry to learn of the loss of your son. I know your heart is broken and you are overcome with grief. I pray the Lord comforts you and lets your anguish subside quickly as the days move forward. May his soul rest in peace and may you be left with the wonderful memories of his life.

Love, Bonnie Hall

David Wellons

June 12, 2020

It is simply just too soon to have to say goodbye, but we will see you again in glory. Your infectious laugh and skills on the grill will be missed through the summer gatherings and beyond but above that, your heart and willingness to help others. Go rest high on that mountain, brother.

Michael Wagoner

June 11, 2020

I pray you find strength and comfort in knowing that the Lord has called Terry home as he eventually will all of those who believe and accept the gift of eternal life. May the love of family and friends and the memories of your life with Terry offer you reason for celebration of his life in this world until you all meet again in paradise ! God Bless all of you !

Michael R. Wagoner

Rebecca Campbell

June 11, 2020

Extending my deepest sympathy to the family. A special message for Dick and Mary Lyda--praying that you will rest in God's peace as you come to this time of grieving. I pray that the family will find rejoicing in the knowledge that Terry is now in his Heavenly Home.

Bonnie Atkins

June 11, 2020

Terry was my supervisor when he was at national linen and I really enjoyed working for him I remember one night my son came by and he had my granddaughters and when Terry found out they was out side he said go see your grandbabies and no one else would have done that, And after he left from there I would run into him and he would always stop and talk and I never will forget I had went to Sam's on Monday Oct the 5th 2015 and I was walking back to get my husband meds and he came out of the back and he always gave me a hug and he could tell something was wrong and he asked me what was wrong and I started crying and he hugged me again and I told him that my baby granddaughter had been shot and killed that Saturday night and he took time to comfort me and that meant so much heaven has gained a beautiful soul love and prayers to the family.