Funeral services for Chloie Tucker May will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church in Newton. Burial will be in the Newton County Memorial Gardens with Newton County Funeral Home – North, 9998 Hwy. 15 N, Newton, in charge of arrangements. (601-635-3200)
Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 5:00 – 8:30 PM at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Chloie Tucker May completed her journey on earth, Monday, April 4, 2011. She died at home under the gentle watch care and love of her family.
Mrs. May, 88, of Newton, Mississippi, was born in Urbana, Arkansas, January 10, 1923. She and her husband, Horace moved to Newton in 1949.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Horace May, Newton, MS; son: Bob May, Dallas, Texas; daughter: Bonnie Coleman (Vincent), Ridgeland, MS; daughter: Beverly Richardson, Jackson, MS; and son: Bill May (Judy), Newton, MS; daughter: Brookes Eiler (Jim), Irving, TX; She had 14 grandchildren who were the joy of her life: Candi May Mangelsdorf (Tom); Brian May, Brookes May, Tucker May, Mandy Rushing Harris, Ken Richardson, Austin Richardson, Mallory May Davis (Reid), AnnaLeigh May Minor (Henry), Natalie May, David Eiler, Erin Eiler, Paul Eiler, and John Patrick Eiler; 6 great-grandchildren: Chloie Mangelsdorf, Meghan Mangelsdorf, William Mangelsdorf, Chase Harris, Ann Revere Davis, and William Davis; sister: Shirley Tucker Homes (Henry), Dyesrsburg, TN; brother: Laurie Tucker (Florence, AL). She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and her precious dog Vaught.
She is preceded in death by her father and mother; Shirley Simmons Tucker and Sallie Josephine Tucker and sister, Mary Nell Tucker Hogan.
Mrs. May grew up in Urbana, Arkansas and graduated from Arkansas Southern College (formerly Arkansas A&M). She moved to Memphis, TN during World War II and worked at Fisher Aircraft Company. It was at Fisher that she met her husband-to-be Horace May, prior to him departing to the European Theater where he served in the United States Air Force. She taught school and upon Horace’s return they were married in 1945.
Mrs. May was a gifted homemaker and devoted and dedicated member of First Baptist Church where she served as Sunday School teacher, nursery worker, choir member, Hospitality Committee and numerous mission organizations.
She was a lover of the arts and music and served as president of the Newton Music Lover’s Club, the Newton Garden Club, the Newton B & P Club and was always engaged in civic and charitable endeavors.
Throughout her life she was a passionate giver and loving provider of countless meals, cakes, pies and other baked good, and constantly showed her love and compassion to others.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 307 E. Church Street, Newton, MS 39345 or the charity of your choice.