Tom “Buddy” May Jr., 81
by Whitley Clifton | January 8, 2019 11:48 am
A homegoing celebration for Tom “Buddy” May Jr., 81, was held Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 12 p.m. at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Leviticus Henderson Sr. presiding. Interment followed at Swainsboro City Cemetery. He passed away December 29, 2018.
Tim “Buddy” May Jr. was born February 2, 1935 in Johnson County to the late Tom May Sr. and Elizabeth Parker May. He was educated in the Johnson County and Emanuel County school systems. May worked for Carlee’s Groceries until its closing and then with Roper Lawn Products, retiring after 20 years of dedicated service. He was also employed with the Emanuel County Board of Education as a bus driver for 22 years, which he retired from as well. May worked other jobs, too, always taking pride in each one. Not only was he dedicated to his work, he was also a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to all who knew him. May was a member of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church of Swainsboro, where he served as a deacon and an usher for many years. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, John May, Russell May, Charlie May, and Sam May; three sisters, Geraldine Dommon, Emma P. May, and Eula B. Durden; two daughters, Viola J. Fluellen and Judy Tucker; and one son, Donald Fluellen.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Bertha M. May; six sons, Curtis Smith of San Francisco, California, Charlie Fluellen, Tom May III, Alfred May, Carl Harmon, and Kelvin Bradford, all of Swainsboro; two sisters, Mary E. May of Scott and Annie M. Roberts; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Charlie Fluellen Jr., Keith Lewis, Cleveland Johnson, LaRandy Wright, Dennis Jordan, Terri Ross, and Tommy Robertson. Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons.
Mosley’s Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.