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Joel Columbus May

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J. C. MAY DIES AT AGE OF 86; RITES TUESDAY

Prominent Pioneer Farmer Succumbs To Pneumonia

J. C. May, 86, prominent Berlin farmer and one of Colquitt county's few remaining original pioneer citizens, died early Monday morning in a Moultrie hospital of pneumonia.
Mr. May, a man with keen business and political foresight, through his physical vitality and managed to throw off several spells of serious illness caused by age infirmities in the last few years, but succumbed at 4:30 a.m. to death's call despite a valiant effort to overcome pneumonia complications which developed. He had been ill this time for approximately a week.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from Sardis church, of which he was a staunch member. Elder Rogers, Rev. M. T. Shepherd and Rev. R. J. Lewis will officiate at the final rites.
Mr. May, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Staten S. May, was born in Colquitt county and would have been 86 years of age on January 6 of next year. He spent his entire life in Colquitt county and was recognized as an unusually successful farmer and landowner. He was one of the most influential citizens in the eastern half of Colquitt county and had a host of friends. Mr. May, in addition to his religious and civic leadership, served for many years as a political leader in his district.
A member of the Sardis Primitive Baptist church, Mr. May was a liberal contributor to its maintenance.
Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. O. C. Croft of Berlin, Mrs. N. D. Norman, Mrs. W. W. Purvis and Mrs. T. G. Chitty of Moultrie Route 2, Miss Ruby May and Miss Doris May, both of Berlin; two sons, S. S. and L. C. May, both of Berlin. In addition, he is survived by 45 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren.
Mr. May was affectionately known to his scores of friends throughout the country as "Lum", and apparently preferred that his associates and friends call him by the nickname.


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  • Created by: Ann Parkinson
  • Added: 5 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67942642
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joel Columbus May (6 Jan 1856–29 Dec 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67942642, citing Sardis Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Berlin, Colquitt County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Ann Parkinson (contributor 45284853) .