Jack B. May was born on January 2, 1929 and passed away on August 23, 2020 around 6am at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston, TX.
Jack was raised in Stockdale, TX. He was very active in sports during high school and upon graduating, he joined the United States Army. During his time in the Army, he joined the Army Air Corp., which later became the Air Force. He became an aircraft hydraulics specialist and was stationed in Berlin, Germany during WWII. While in Berlin, he participated in the Berlin Airlift. He left the Air Force in 1949 as a Sergeant with an Honorable Discharge.
He then attended college at Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos, TX and then went to Oklahoma State University in Claremore, OK. This is where he met a beautiful, brown-haired, blue-eyed woman named Beverly. She stole his heart and they married on September 12,1954. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1952.
He became an Ag Teacher, and from there he went to work for the Soil Conservation Service as a Farm Planner. During which time he went back to school to Seminary to become a Lay Pastor. Around 1971, he became a Lay Pastor for a United Methodist Church in Jasper, TX. He continued working full time for SCS and the church until he retired in the 1980s and moved back to his hometown of Stockdale, TX.
He and his wife resided in Stockdale, TX until about 2010 when they moved to Woodville, TX to be closer to family. He was always a very active member of his church and community. He was a longtime member of the Local American Legion and was very active in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.
He never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He always went out of his way to make others feel welcome. He was not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and we know, without a doubt, that he is in Heaven now.
Jack was preceded by his parents Jarrett B. May and Lola B. May.
He is survived by his wife of 65+ years, Beverly M. May; his children, Jeffrey B. May of Jonesboro, LA, Richard F. May of Orange, TX, Karen E. Wilson and husband Jeff of Buna, TX, Celia D. Upole and husband Phillip of Sedelia, OH, Brian T. May and wife Casey of Kountze, TX; 15 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchild, 1 Great Great Grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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