Jack May, 80, of McGehee, died on November 18, 2020 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.
Mr. May was born on December 29, 1939 in McGehee and grew up in Arkansas City. He was a graduate of Arkansas City High School and Ouachita Baptist University.
A natural born leader, Mr. May was the director of the Desha County Human Services for 34 years, the Mayor of McGehee for eight years and the Desha County Judge for two years, and a deacon in the First Baptist Church of McGehee for many years. He was an avid duck hunter.
Mr. May had a deep love for Desha County Desha County and the people there. Serving God and people were his passions. He was a member of the McGehee Men’s Club, McGehee Industrial Foundation, American Legion, McGehee Chamber of Commerce, a former “Man of the Year” in McGehee, and a member of the Owlfest Committee. He was also instrumental in establishing the Veterans Memorial, the Japanese-American Museum and the restoration of the railroad depot.
Mr. May was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mary Alice May and his wife of 51 years, Linda May.
He is survived by two daughters, Heather (Dale) Williams of Springdale and Holly (Daniel) Ardoin of Greenbrier; two grandchildren, Andrew and Reagan Williams of Greenbrier, two step-grand daughters, Abigail (Jonathon) Weatherford of Russellville and Tabitha Ardoin of Greenbrier; four step-great grandchildren; a sister, Jill Lawhon of Little Rock and very special friends, Greg and Betty Dennis.
Pallbearers are Lance Lawhon, Landon Lawhon, Andrew Williams, Chase Dennis, John Ripley and Jason McCallie. Honorary Pallbearers are Tabby Ardoin and Reagan Williams.
There will be a graveside service on Saturday, November 21 at 2 p.m. at McGehee Cemetery with Bro Rick Miller presiding.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Mcgehee, P.O. Box 133, McGehee, AR 71654.