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Memorial  Service


Willie F. May​

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Sept. 11, 1936     May 31, 2021


Saturday, June 12, 2021
Pine Hill Cemetery
Emerson, AR

Rev. Gladys Fields

Friday, June 11, 2021 between the hours of 11:30am until 3:00pm

Willie Felton May was born in Richland, Georgia of Stewart County to the late Dorothy (Brown) Carter and James May on September 11, 1936.

Willie was raised by his mother in his earlier years in Georgia, but spent many of his teenage years in Trenton, New Jersey with his father. He use to shine shoes to earn money, so that he could go watch his favorite baseball team the Brooklyn Dodgers play. From that point on, Willie was a fan for life. Once Willie completed High School, at the brave age of 17, he raised his hand to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was a Fuels Specialist (63170), and he got the chance to travel the world to see places such as England and Japan. He was also a Vietnam War Veteran and spent a little over four years total overseas within his 20 plus years of service.

Once Willie retired from the Air Force in 1974, he made Las Vegas, Nevada his home for the next 43 years. Prior to finding his second long term career he decided that he wanted to further his education by attending Gaming Dealership school to become a blackjack and dice dealer in the casino’s. Willie began working with the Clark County School District at the warehouse, and this is where he gained his interest for bowling with a team of coworkers. He also took joy in playing dominoes. This game for him was his favorite pastime and he could spend hours playing it as if it were his actual full-time job.

Willie retired from the school district after over 20 years, and then went on to work different events for the Thomas & Mack Center. Willie’s final job was at the MGM as a ticket verifier for special events such as award ceremonies, fights, comedy shows, etc…He only continued to work these types of events to keep him “young”. 

Willie met no strangers and everyone instantly felt like family around him. He loved and cared for his family and if you ever needed a shoulder to lean on or any type of help, he was always there and available. Willie enjoys traveling and would find any reason to pack a bag and get on the plane. He traveled around from coast to coast until he was around 82 years old, in which it was no longer safe for him to do so.

On May 31, 2021 God saw fit to take Willie home and award him for his life well lived at the age of 84. His memories will always be with the family and he leaves behind so many people who loved and cared for him. His parents Dorothy (Brown) Carter and James May preceded him in death. He leaves behind his four children, Felton Blackburn of Arlington, TX; Michael Mays of Seattle, WA; William May (Christina) of Emerson, AR; and Andria May (Marvin) of Cibolo, TX; nine grandchildren, Shannon, Jasmine, Brandon, Angel, Tianna, Chase, Landon, Kyan, and, Linkoln; and Five Great grandchildren, along with a host of other lifelong family and friends.