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Martin "Marty" Hubert Mays

February 24, 1963October 23, 2019
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Marty Mays entered into eternal peace on October 23, 2019. Marty would be the first to request prayers of peace for his immediate family, his wife Shannon and his three boys, Corey, Aubrey, and Peyton, as they journey through the grief of the loss of husband and father. Born Martin Hubert Mays on February 24, 1963 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS to Bill and Joyce Mays, Marty grew up in North Jackson playing baseball at Lake Hico park and swimming competitively at Valley North YMCA. The Mays family attended Bailey Avenue Church of God and later, Lakeover Church of God on Hanging Moss Road, where Marty enjoyed church youth activities.

When the family moved to Clinton, Marty went to Clinton High School, became a star pitcher, lettered four years in baseball, and was popular with classmates and a favorite of teachers. Marty was always smiling, fun-loving, and quick with a joke, tease, or prank. Poking fun was Marty’s life-long love language. His closest friends and his dear family can assure you, if he ever made fun of you to your face, this meant he loved you behind your back and in his heart. If he ever hid somewhere for the sole purpose of jumping out or grabbing you to scare you, well that was just for his enjoyment only, and was Marty being Marty. You could tell the joy that “messing with you” bought him from one look at the mischievous grin on his face. If every person he teased, jump-scared, pranked, or made laugh were to attend his funeral, the family would need a stadium.

Marty loved his sons and was a playful but firm father. He shared with them his love of sports and golf and life. He worked hard to provide for his family. He had two careers, one as a packaging plant shop steward, and later, as an insurance professional and agency branch manager. Marty worked in Byram, lived in Madison, coached little league in South Jackson, and was a fixture at JA sporting events in North Jackson. Seemingly everywhere at once, Marty was one of those special people that everyone seemed to know and everyone loved.

Marty was comfortable with all walks of life. He lifted up the humble and poked fun at the proud. He knew how to have fun at a ballroom dance at the country club or a bull ride at the coliseum. He was an excellent manager of people. He knew how to resolve conflicts. He was calm in a crisis. His counsel was a valuable commodity. His calm was contagious.

Marty’s best quality was his simplicity. He lived out a simple and solid faith in his Savior Jesus Christ. He walked by a simple set of unwritten life rules passed down from his father. His intelligence was sometimes under-estimated, but his wisdom could never be overstated. Marty loved his Lord, his family, and his life. Marty made life’s journey a more enjoyable trip for his travelling companions.

He was preceded in death by his father, William ‘Bill’ Hubert Mays, mother, Barbara Joyce Mays, grandparents, Hubert C. Mays and Oveta J. Mays, and grandfather, William H. Nowell. Marty is survived by his wife Shannon Mays; sons, Corey Mays (Caroline) of Brandon, MS, Aubrey Mays (Haley) of Madison, MS, and Peyton Mays of Madison, MS; granddaughter, Harper Joyce Mays; brother, Mark Mays (Laura) of Ridgeland, MS; grandmother, Bonnie Jean Nowell of Brandon, MS; uncles, Jerry Nowell (Beth) of Birmingham, AL and Mike Nowell of Brandon, MS; and bonus mother Yvonne Mays of Brandon, MS.

A visitation will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Pinelake Church –Reservoir in Brandon, MS. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Floral Hills Cemetery in Pearl, MS. Pallbearers will be Chris Lovelace, Chuck Clarke, Matt Nowell, Zach Nowell, Rodney Russell, Stacy Beckwith, and Earl Hunt.


  • Shannon Mays, Wife
  • Corey and wife Caroline Mays, Son
  • Aubrey and wife Haley Mays, Son
  • Peyton Mays, Son
  • Harper Joyce Mays, Granddaughter
  • Mark and wife Laura Mays, Brother
  • Bonnie Jean Nowell, Grandmother
  • Jerry Nowell, Uncle
  • Mike Nowell, Brother
  • Yvonne Mays, Bonus Mother

  • Chris Lovelace
  • Chuck Clarke
  • Matt Nowell
  • Zach Nowell
  • Rodney Russell
  • Stacy Beckwith
  • Earl Hunt


  • Visitation Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, October 26, 2019


Martin "Marty" Hubert Mays

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Angela Lunsford

October 31, 2019

Marty was a good man, & friend. He helped me out on numerous occasions, with my kids, just anything. He had that comfort that just welcomed anybody. He'd be greatly missed. He'll be in our hearts. " My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you" - heavenly father

Cindy Smith

October 28, 2019

I worked with Marty a few years ago at the The Nowell Agency in Byram. He was so down to earth, yet very professional. Most of all, his faith in Jesus Christ was anchor of his life. Prayers to all of the family.

Eric Knight

October 27, 2019

I worked with Marty at Manville/river woods printing in Clinton Ms 25 yes ago he gave me advice and guidance as I was trying to change my life as a young man.I later found out that my young cousin Caroline Harkins married his son Cory and he became family I never forgot Marty giving me advice & talking with me about the future Rip marty

Rita Norton

October 26, 2019

Marty was my grocery boy when he was young and I instantly loved seeing him when entering the Sunflower store. He had a contagious smile and wonderful disposition. Marty later came to work at Graphic Packaging in Clinton in our printing department. Once again I got to spend time with and enjoy his contagious smile and hard work ethic.

I am sorry to say that my husband just saw the post today of Marty’s passing so I missed the celebration of his life with all that were there. He is gone but will never be forgotten. He has a beautiful family and I know he loved all of you more than words can express. He will be greatly missed. With sincerity, Rita Norton

Laurie jordan

October 25, 2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. I was married to Jay Jordan who was a good friend of Marty’s. Jay was a very funny man but when he would tell stories involving Marty and their shenanigans he would laugh so hard that he would have to pause the story and compose himself. I think that Jay and Marty shared the same sense of humor. You will all be in my heart and in my prayers.

Edd Sudduth

October 25, 2019

Marty was a kind, helpful, good man. We talked about family and outboard motors when we last spoke. I’m sad like so many.

Michael and Teresa Warren

October 25, 2019

Many prayers go out to the family. Marty will always be a special part of our hearts. We were classmates and also shared many hours working together. We shared so many memories, laughs, and special times that will truly be in our hearts forever.

Heather Snyder

October 25, 2019

Corey and Aubrey are cousins of mine on their mom’s side. Marty was an amazing uncle and guy had such great character! I will be thinking of the family with days to come as you guys go through this difficult time! Memories will live on forever of you Marty Mays!

elizabeth cox

October 25, 2019

I was saddened to hear of Marty's passing. His children, Corey and Aubrey, are my great-nephews. I haven't seen Marty in many years as I live over in Alabama, but my heart goes out to Corey and Aubrey and all the rest of the family. My prayers are with you at this difficult time and as you begin the grieving and then healing process. God bless !!

Elizabeth Cox

Jan Berry

October 25, 2019

I only knew him through his son, Corey, who married my niece, Caroline. I will never forget how warm and kind he was to me on that beautiful wedding day in October eight years ago. He had to be a good man to raise such a good son as Corey. I will keep you all in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. Hold on tight to the many happy memories you shared with him through the years.