Reverend Samuel E. May, son of the late Fleetwood Sanders and the late Izetta Price, was born on October 3, 1937 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He professed his faith in Jesus Christ, at Mount Sinai Church, at an early age and later moved to Worcester, MA, where he became a faithful and dedicated member of Second Baptist Church.
Reverend May was united in holy matrimony to Alice (Powell) May. This union was blessed with 2 children, and 3 children from a previous marriage. He was employed at Firestone Tire Co., for a brief time. Later, he was employed at Wyman-Gordan Co., where he worked until he retired. Catholic Charities was his last employer where he provided transportation to adult students, furthering their education.
In 2017, he relocated to Duck Hill, MS, where he remained faithful and attended Shady Grove Church in Kilmichael, MS after relocating. Rev. May became ill, and was cared for by his loving wife, family and Stay-Home hospice care team. He quietly departed this world in his home, on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Rev. May lived a blessed life of 81 years.
Rev. May was an inspiration to us all. He loved to sing and play his guitar. He will always be remembered for his generosity, kindness, dedication, and commitment to his family and church family.
He was an ordained Deacon, a licensed and ordained Minister, Superintendent of Sunday School and the Chairperson of New Members Class.
Rev. May leaves behind his devoted wife, Alice May, four sisters: Flora B. Hamner (late husband Lennie) from Worcester, Massachusetts, Millicent McChristian (Winslow) from Mississippi, Aretha Price, New York, Robert Ferguson (Johnnie) from Georgia. Three daughters: Doris May Brace (Charles), Jacquelaine May Wells (Armand) and Christina Powell Thegenus (Elie). Two sons: Harold May (Sherry) & Christopher Powell (Monick); 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and other family friends.