Dr. Alva L. Mayes Jr.

February 19, 1931February 3, 2021

Alva Louie Mayes, Jr. MD passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Dr. Mayes was born February 19, 1931 in Appling, Georgia to the late Alva Louie Mayes, Sr. and Avis Morris Mayes. Graduating as valedictorian of Athens High School in 1948, he then went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 1952. After completing medical school at the Medical College of Georgia, he accepted an internship at the Macon Hospital in 1956. It was there he met his future wife, Dora Lou Hawkins. They married in December 28, 1956 at Vineville United Methodist Church which became their church home for 60 plus years. Dr. Mayes served as the Chairman of the Usher Committee for many years as well as being a former Chairman of the Administrative Board and the Pastor/Parish Committee. He was a long time member of the Mack Anthony Class and recently joined the Allen Sanders Class. Dr. Mayes entered military service with the US Navy in 1957. He completed his Pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After receiving his honorable discharge from the US Navy as Lt. Commander in 1963, he and Dora and their family returned to Macon, Georgia to begin his medical practice in Pediatrics at 2009 Vineville Avenue. Dr. Mayes took call with his good friend, Dr. Oscar Spivey for many years until he went into practice with Primary Pediatrics. He retired from Primary Pediatrics on December 21, 2007. Dr. Mayes remained active in the medical community working at Pediatrics After Hours and in various doctors’ offices while they were out. He never let his medical license lapse. Dr. Mayes was proud to have served the Macon Community as a Pediatrician for over 58 years.

Dr. Mayes was President of the Bibb County Medical Society in 1981. He was honored as Bibb County Medical Society Physician of the Year in 1992 and given the Distinguished Service Award from that group in 2001. Dr. Mayes served as State President of the Medical Association of Georgia in 1995-1996 and in other various positions with that group. In 1999, he was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from MAG. He served as chair of MAG Legislative Council for many years. Dr. Mayes served several terms on the MAG Insurance Company Board and as an Alternate Director/Director for the AMA. Dr. Mayes also served as President of the Medical College of Georgia Alumni in 1995-1996 and for several years he served on the MCG Foundation Board of Directors. He was one of a group of pediatricians who lobbied for a Children’s Hospital which Macon has now.

Dr. Mayes was a beloved pediatrician in Macon whose greatest delight was to be approached by mothers and former patients who told him who they were and how much they loved him. Several of his former patients became nurses or physicians, and a few followed in his steps as a pediatrician. He enjoyed mentoring young physicians in the Macon Community.

In retirement, he was an active member of the RODEO Club, (Retired Old Doctors Eating Out)

Dr. Mayes was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dora Mayes; his son, Alva Jeffrey Mayes; and his sister, Louse Whitehead. Dr. Mayes died on the 5th anniversary of his wife’s death. He is survived by his children, Pam Kent, Patti (Harry) Graves, Joey (Molly) Mayes and Peggy Newman, and by his daughter-in-law, Denise Mayes. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kerri (Bill), Kati (Jeff), Jonathan, Sam (Tiara), Joe (Olivia), Kelly, Jake, Cole, Holly; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Public Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday in Riverside Cemetery entering through the Madison Street Gate. Visitation will follow. Dr. Marcus Tripp and Dr. Jimmy Asbell will officiate. Masks and social distancing are required to be in attendance. Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Avenue, Macon 31204 or Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, 888 Pine Street, Macon 31201.

Visit to express tributes. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of arrangements.


  • Dr. Mayes is survived by his children, Pam Kent, Patti (Harry) Graves, Joey (Molly) Mayes and Peggy Newman, and by his daughter-in-law, Denise Mayes. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Kerri (Bill), Kati (Jeff), Jonathan, Sam (Tiara), Joe (Olivia), Kelly, Jake, Cole, and Holly. 8 great-grandchildren survive him.

  • Vineville United Methodist Church
  • Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, February 8, 2021



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Kate Reid

March 14, 2021

He was my pediatrician. Such a kind and gentle man. He made going to the doctor fun and I never was scared.
Then for many years, his smile would greet me before each church service at Vineville. He was truly a wonderful man that I am blessed to have known.
Praying for his family for peace and comfort in the days ahead.
He will be missed.

Will and Kate Reid

Clifford Brown

February 17, 2021

Sorry to learn about Dr. Mayes. He was the pediatrician for both of our children. My wife was a nurse and she chose Dr Mayes. Beloved would be the adjective to describe Dr. Mayes. Will miss him.

Angela Blount

February 12, 2021

Of course , he was my pediatrician and my children’s pediatrician...a household name! We never loved, respected, or trusted a doctor as much as Dr. Mayes. He was a man of character. I’m sorry for the family’s loss. I have no doubt he will be missed.

Thao & Jacque Nguyen

February 9, 2021

We were deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Mayes passing. He was all 4 of my Sons Pediatrician. Dr. Mayes was not only their Doctor, he was a friend. He was the kindest and most caring Doctor I've ever encountered. On several occasions he would meet us at the old big house on Vineville to see one of my sick children, instead of me having to go to the ER, b4 Primary Pediatrics existed. What Doctor does that?, no one but Dr. Mayes. Sometimes, his wife filled in as his nurse when Ms. Yancey or Maryann wasn't there, and she was a Sweetheart too. I went to school with their son Jeff, and of course everyone loved Jeff. Before Ms. Mayes passed, we would see them at BK on Vineville or NuWay on Zebulon and they would come over and sit with us, and that big contagious smile of his would say, hello Mom & Dad, tell me all about those grown good-looking boys of yours. It made you feel good that he was so humble and just a fine Godly man that never forgot his patients. He was genuine, and he truly loved all, and all loved him. Their will never be another Dr. Mayes, and what a legacy he leaves behind. To his family, he would show us all the pics in his office of you all, and talk so proudly of his family. I will close with this , my son's who are all grown now with children of their own, the oldest is almost 40, still talk about how sweet Dr. Mayes was, the suckers, and above all, the clowns on the walls, lol! May God comfort each of you as only HE can do. Your father , grandfather was one Amazing man and an AWESOME Doctor. Heaven truly gained an Angel. We will miss you Dr. Mayes.

Betty Treadwell

February 9, 2021

Dr. Mayes was such a kind and compassionate man as well as a doctor. He was always there for my children as they were growing up. He and Dora were such dear friends. He will be truly missed. I am so sorry for the family and send condolences as they adjust for their loss. Prayers for the family.

Bob McMichael,

February 8, 2021

Dear Family, My mother, Nony, was very good friends with Dr, and Mrs, Mayes, and on her behalf, I want you all to know how sorry she, and my wife, Diedre, and I are for your loss, We sat with them, at Medical Association meetings in Macon, On one occasion, Dora wrote an entertaining tribute about my mother, which Dora read outloud to the delight of my mother, and to the amusement of Dr, Mayes! Dr, Mayes was a perfect gentleman, who cared very much about Dora, and his family, He will be sadly missed,

Laine Lasseter

February 7, 2021

The Lasseter Family sends sincere condolences for your sorrow at this time. Dr. Mayes was a part of the best times of our lives. Always smiling. Sending love and light to the Mayes Family during this time of grief.

Paul & Beppie Lyles

February 7, 2021

To all of you,
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Dr Mayes was an inspiration to us and we were so fond of him. We trusted him with medical advice even after his retirement. He was bright, pleasant and a delight to talk with. We will definitely miss him. May God touch you with his peace.

Pam Daniel

February 7, 2021

Dr. Mayes will be missed by many people. He was my children’s pediatrician and also some of my grandchildren. He was always cheerful and great with the kids. In later years I enjoyed sitting by him and often his daughters at church. RIP Al!

Matthew Jordan

February 6, 2021

My mama just informed me of this. So sorry to his family. She has spoke very highly of him thru out my adulthood. I know it sounds crazy but i have a lot of childhood memories with this man in them. Being in his Dr office as a child, playing with the toys he had for us, and most importantly he never let me leave without him giving me a sucker. Although i have not seen him in roughly 25 years he is a part of my life and will cherish those memories i have. The world needs more men like this. Wish he could be my kids Dr. Thank you for being such a great and kind hearted man!