James Clinton May, 67, of Nantahala/Topton, left us on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, to be at home with his Heavenly Father.
He was born Nov. 5, 1948, to the late Clint and Rebekah Ray May.
He is survived by his former wife, Deana F. May; his daughter, Alicia Thurmond (Dave) of Edmonton, Ky.; two sons, James Daniel May of Edmonton, Ky., Clinton David May (Laura) of Jacksonville; two sisters, Jennilou Mason (Ronnie) of Topton, Margaret Anderson (Joe) of Franklin; grandchildren, Kyly, Taylor and Tristan Thurmond; nieces, Paula A. Cabe, Marlene A. Roden, Darlene A. Epley, Penny M. Stewart, Cicely M. Cable; great-niece, Kailey Stewart; great-nephews, Sam Stewart and Chad Cabe; special friends, The Gang, Brenda Williams and many, many others.
J.C. graduated from Nantahala High School, Tri‑County Community College (auto machines) and Southwestern Community College (commercial arts). He had been a Macon County School bus driver, Hilton Business salesman, State Highway employee (Macon County). He was a member of the Nantahala Rescue Squad and Emergency Medical Service. He was a former employee at Bakers, Western Forge and Guards Mark Security Services.
J.C. enjoyed fishing, hiking and making music. He was a special person who enjoyed helping others. He loved his family, friends and God.
He was a member of Briartown Baptist Church, where he played in the string instrument group. In the 1980s and 1990s, he was bass player for Rowlands Creek Gospel Quartet.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Briartown Baptist Church with the Revs. Paul Jones, S.J. Waters and Mickey Stewart officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Rodney Chastain, Benny Douthit, Hal Jacobs, Hoytt Owenby, Pearly Owenby and Mitchell Owenby. Honorary pallbearers were Donald Cross, Larry Dailey, Jerry Day, Tom Jones, Jeff May Jr., Sidney May, James Passmore, Rickey Trammel and Joe Williams.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, and 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, prior to the service at Briartown Baptist Church in Topton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Briartown Baptist Church Cemetery, c/o Sidney May, 877 Briartown Church Road, Topton, NC 28781.
Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home, Franklin, served the May family.
Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.