July 7, 1927|
John W., son of James and Polly Mays, was born in Russell County, Virginia, eighty-three years ago.
He came to the end of his pilgrimage, Wednesday evening, June 15, 1927, at the home of his son-in-law, Marshall Mays
many years, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He loved his church - respected his obligations to the Church and was ever zealous of her honor.
In the war between the states he heard and responded to the call of his native Southland - enlisted in her service, and was assigned to Co. B. Confederate Cavalry, where he served with fidelity.
"Uncle Johnnie" has left to his children and to those who shall come after them, the splendid heritage of a good man.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Tabitha Mays, Honaker, Va., one sister, Mrs. Rachel Smith, two brothers, L. H., and R. H. Mays and the following children: Mrs. Martha E. Fugate, Kansas City, Mo.; W. N. Mays, Kingsport, Tenn.; J. H. Mays, Bluefield W. Va.; Mrs. Mary V. Stapleton, Hansonville, Va.; Mrs. Rachel V. Mays, Honaker, Va., together with thirty-six grand children and five great grand-children.
"After life's fitful fever, he sleeps well."