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Whitten Monelison Chapel

3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA

OBITUARY

Kenneth Elwood Mays

September 23, 1946November 27, 2019
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Kenneth Elwood Mays passed away November 27, 2019 at his home in Amherst. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Elwood was the son of Loree Bradley Mays and the late Kenneth L. Mays. He was also predeceased by a sister Mary Ella Lewis; a grandson Carlton Trey Hudson, and a special nephew Timothy Lewis. Elwood is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Fay Allen Mays and his children Bryan (Deborah), Craig (Theresa), Karen Hudson (Carl). His life was further enriched by his grandchildren Brooke Trent (Mike), Colby, Kelsey, Justin (Alexandra), Mason Hudson, Seth, and Madison Hudson; one great-grandchild Hadleigh Trent, and his loving dog, Woody. His gracious heart and giving spirit was well known. Elwood was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church. He loved his family, farm, and all his farming equipment. He became a farm boy at a young age. He served his community through Pedlar Fire and Rescue, Virginia Forestry Association, Log-A-Load charity, and retired owner and founder of K.E. Mays and Sons Inc. A funeral service to celebrate Elwood’s life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Whitten Monelison Chapel with the Rev. Roger Powell officiating. Interment will follow at Allwood Cemetery in Pleasant View. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Saturday, prior to the service, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and other times at the residence. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Sardis U.M. Church or the Children’s Miracle Network.

  • FAMILY

  • Fay Allen Mays, Wife
  • Kenneth Lanier Mays, Father
  • Loree Bradley Mays, Mother
  • Bryan E. Mays, Son
  • W. Craig Mays, Son
  • Karen M./ Hudson, Daughter
  • Rachel Mays Fitzgerald, Sister
  • Samuel L. Mays, Brother
  • J. Jerry Mays, Brother
  • Mary Ella Mays Lewis, Sister
  • Elwood is also survived by seven grandchildren, Brooke (Mike), Colby, Kelsey, Justin (Alexandra), Mason, Seth, and Madison; one great grandchild, Hadleigh Trent and his loving dog, Woody.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Colby Mays
  • Justin Mays
  • Mason Hudson
  • Seth Mays
  • Butch Stinnett
  • Marvin Tinsley
  • Donnie Wood
  • Eldon Bradley
  • DONATIONS

  • Sardis U.M. Church
  • Children's Mircale Network

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 30, 2019

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Sherry Yeatts

December 5, 2019

So Sorry to hear about Mr Mays, I met him when he was a customer at my dads shop( Bryant’s Garage). I just seen his obituary and was truly sorry, such a very nice man. My husband (Freddie) and Mr Mays hit it off at the garage and stayed in contact. Truly so very sorry for your loss.

Carol Dennis

December 3, 2019

I have many a fond memory of Elwood. He will be missed.
Carol Dennis

Faye Jennings Fulton

November 30, 2019

Fay, I am so sorry about Elwood. I remember him as a quiet man and very caring. Grief never ends... but it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. It is the price of love.

Jack Whisler

November 30, 2019

My deepest condolences to the entire Mays family. Elwood was a great volunteer for Log A Load for Kids, which raised funds for Children's Miracle Network to help local children in the hospital. He was an inspiration to work with and cared for all. Elwood made a difference, and through his journey through life, made all of us better.

Michael Mays

November 29, 2019

Spent a lot of my saturdays and Sunday’s around the Woodyard washing my dad truck when he worked for Elwood knew that one day my opportunity would come couldn’t wait to turn 21 to get a job with k e Mays and sons and the day finally came he was one of the best bosses I have ever worked for that man would give you the shirt off his back or the last dollar in his pocket one fine fellow! My thoughts and prayers with the family through this difficult time!

Becky Parr

November 27, 2019

Elwood was a wonderful and kind person he will be missed by many. Prayers for the family

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