Margaret May, 1931-2016

Margaret May

Margaret Ann Wilson May, 85, of Rison passed away Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. She was born Jan. 5, 1931, in Calmer, Arkansas, to the late William Ira and Sarah C. Berry Wilson. She was a graduate of Woodlawn High School and a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer and played the piano.

For 42 years, May was an inspector at Hammond Bag Company/Georgia Pacific. She also served as treasurer for 26 years with the Local 844 United Paperworkers International Union. May was a member of the RSVP and the travel club with Pine Bluff National Bank. She enjoyed going to the weekly singings at Green House Cottage of Southern Hills.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Grady L. May, who served in the Arkansas Conference as a part-time local pastor of Martin’s Chapel UMC from 2004 to 2008; six brothers; and one sister.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis (Linda Willhite) May of Searcy, Jimmy (Shawna) May of Fordyce; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at Buie Funeral Home in Rison with Brother William Paul Woolley officiating. Interment followed in Roselawn Cemetery at Pine Bluff. Pallbearers were Derek May, Stew Ballard, Jonathan May, Jason May, Travis Connor and Ricky Young. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or Mount Olivet United Methodist Church.