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Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes & Crematory

18 West Frederick Street, Staunton, VA

OBITUARY

William Randolph May

November 24, 1938September 14, 2020

William Randolph May, aka Bill May, age 81, of Staunton, Virginia, passed away at home on September 14, 2020 after battling several chronic illnesses.

Bill was born to Emory Ervin May and Norine Virginia Shiflet on November 24, 1938 in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Shortly after, he and his family moved to Parnassus, Virginia where he grew up on the family farm with his parents and two brothers, Robert Marius May and Jerry Lee May. He attended high school at North River High School where he received a baseball scholarship in 1956 to continue his education at VPI (present day Virginia Tech). He graduated from VPI in 1960 as a member of the Corp of Cadets and accomplished baseball player. He married his first wife, Judith Ann Sanders in 1960, and they moved to California where he was stationed for two years with the US Army Signal Corp. While there he also continued his baseball career with the San Francisco Giants minor league. After the birth of their first child, William Curtis May, they moved to Fort Myers, Florida. Here he began his life long career in the produce business and had two additional children, Rebecca Leigh May and Stacey Lynne May. Bill and Judith were divorced in 1981. Bill married Katherine Silcox Hendry in 1984, thereby gaining a second family including a son, Edward, and three daughters, Kathy, Lori, and Debi. Bill worked as a produce broker for approximately 45 years for several companies, including Johnson Brothers in Immokalee, Florida, and Dubois in Boyton Beach, Florida. He also traveled and helped with many summer produce deals throughout the years in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. In addition to working hard as a produce broker, he also had several business ventures with his brothers, which included running a turkey farm, cattle, hogs, a trucking company that hauled Coors Light and a U.S Mail route. Bill was a hard working businessman and was known for his strong handshake, but moreover as a man of his word.

Bill was a devoted son, brother, husband, dad, granddad, great granddad, and friend. He had a personality that people gravitated to, and he embodied the old adage of treat others how you wish to be treated. If you had the pleasure of meeting him, you had a friend for life! He was a gracious man who loved spending time with his family, their families, and friends. His home was always open. His favorite hobby, without a doubt, was golf! He made many life long friendships on the course, and he shared many fun times with them at his favorite hole, the 19th. where everyone knew him by his infectious laugh/cackle/snort, whatever one wants to label it. Bill gave a 100% no matter what he did whether it was work, family, or hobbies. He lived large, loved fiercely, and thereby was surrounded by so many who loved and respected him in return. He will forever be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him.

William is preceded in death by his: mother, Norine; father, Emory(Kit); older brother, Robert; younger brother, Jerry; and his first wife, Judith.

William is survived by his second wife Katherine; by his children, Edward Hendry (wife, Amy), Kathy Agerter(husband, Jeff), Lori Tejera, Debi Fortin (husband, Troy), Curt May, Rebecca May Severance (husband, Donald), Stacey May Fowler(husband, Leon); grandchildren: Edward III, Ashley Hendry, Brittany Hendry, Daniel Hendry, Austin Agerter, Abbey Agerter, Christina Beck Mooney (husband, John William) Warren Beck, Troy Fortin, Cade Fortin, Alexis Fortin, Skylar Fortin, Jordan Fowler, Savannah Fowler, Jackson Fowler, Riley Fowler, and Avery Fowler; and his great grandchildren: Eric Tidd, Riley Cook, Jack Mooney and Kate Mooney.

Due to Covid, the family will be postponing a celebration of life, and will notify all of arrangements at a later time.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to one of the following if your hearts feel led. In honor of the May family, since baseball was such a big part of the May family’s lives, donations to the Kiwanis Foundation of Staunton(baseball fund), PO Box 2414, Staunton, VA 24401 or donations in memory of Bill May can go to Augusta Health Hospice at www.augustahealth.com/foundation/give to show appreciation for all the care they gave dad in his final days or to honor his good friend Benjamin Gee’s niece, Maggi Peterson, who died of cancer, contributions can be made to Maggi’s Missions New Life Baptist Church 691 Battlefield Road, Fort Defiance, VA 24437.

The May family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to SO VERY many people. Again, Dad was surrounded by a multitude of people that loved him, but in the end days would love to thank: our Hospice nurses, Robin and Dani; personal home aide, Laurie Wiggins;Dad’s forever helpers, Trey Hemp, Benjamin Gee, and Troy Grimm; and lifelong friends: Bill and Patty Burkholder, Ralph Hester, Cary Braswell, and Jim and Judy Young.

Bills cremation has been entrusted to the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.

Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories (would love to hear the memories) online with the family by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com

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Randall Moore

September 22, 2020

The obituary describes Bill to a tea I am so thankful to have been a long time friend. He wouldn't tell you but his house in Virginia was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. what a view of heaven. couple stories Bill knew I was an avid Tennessee Volunteer football fan and gigged me always about the Gators, well I came to work one Monday and at lunch got in my truck and one of my employees ask me about some bumper stickers on my truck, got out and looked and their were baby gator stickers all over my bumper. I called him up and he just cackled with that laugh described in obit. Also had many chances to play golf with Bill and he came to my course in Thomasville Georgia he was first person that I ever saw spin a ball back on hole #10, he wouldn't tell you be he was one heck of a player. Bill was a great friend, person and he loved his family very much, we need more Bill Mays in the world today.

Ed McNamara

September 21, 2020

I just received word of Billy’s passing. I am saddened to hear this news. We had so many wonderful happy memories together with Billy and all of our friends. Always remember the Immokalee Golf Invitational tournament way back in the 80’s. Very grateful to have been included as the only Irishman at the tournament.

May he rest in peace, Father Ed McNamara, Fort Myers, FL

Jeff Harmon

September 19, 2020

We are saddened with the loss of a special friend. Bill had a big personality but a bigger heart. He was a true gentleman and always thought of others before himself.
We will miss him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

Danie Armstrong

September 19, 2020

Bill was a class act with a giant heart, strong will, and great sense of humor. His legacy of heart and kindness is embedded and lives on in his family and friends. It was a blessing caring for Bill and he occupies a special place in my heart.

Roger Davis

September 19, 2020

Absolutely one of the finest gentleman that I’ve ever meet. I enjoyed every minute of time that I spent playing golf with Bill. He will be missed by many

Landis Gallman

September 18, 2020

It comes with great sadness to hear about the passing of Bill May. Sending prayers and love to his family and love ones. Wish I could hug everyone - Love Landis

regis sauger

September 18, 2020

Bill was one of the original "Friggin Goons" at the Fort Myers Rangoon Club. Most of the guys have "croaked" but a couple are still here. Bill was one of the original organizers of the " Imokalee Invitational Golf Tournament" Imokalee didn't even have a golf course. Between Rev. Edward McNamara and myself we are the "last ones standing". We cry for the loss of this "great guy" but are content that he is with the Lord.
Respectfullly, Regis Sauger

Caroline Silcox

September 17, 2020

We are heart broken to learn of Bill's death. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during these difficult days. Wish we could be with you to celebrate his life. He was such a fine, caring man.
With much love,
Hal and Caroline

Wendy and Wayne Gibson

September 17, 2020

Please know that your family is in our hearts at this sad time.
(Your neighbor Saidee’s parents)

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