Paul Edgar Mays, Jr. was born January 17, 1932 in Lewisburg, WV to Paul Edgar Mays, Sr. and Ruth White Mays. He graduated from Lane High School in Charlottesville in the class of 1951 and attended the University of Virginia. He served his country in the United States Army at Fort Knox, KY during the Korean War. After his discharge from the service, he returned to Charlottesville and was employed at United States Instrument Corporation. There he met fellow employee Doris Ann Sisk. They fell in love and were married on July 7, 1956. This union resulted in the birth of two children, Stephen T. Mays and Sandra Gail Mays. USI became Stromberg Carlson and then Comdial. Paul was Senior Mechanical Design Engineer for the sound-powered telephone products. When Comdial sold the sound-powered product line in February 1987, he retired with 31 years of service. He was then employed by Sperry Marine Corporation in the Engineering department for 12 years and retired at age 65. Sperry continued to call him back in an advisory position for other 5 years.
Paul loved life on the family farm in Lewisburg, WV and lived and worked there for two years as a young teenager. He was the first one up to milk the cows before school and shared in many of the duties on the farm. He continued to return and work on the farm as soon as school was out for the summer. Paul joined the Albemarle Archers in 1960, and was an active member for the rest of his life. He found many cherished lifetime friends with the Archers, and joined in countless memorable trips and activities. Paul and Doris were long time UVA women’s basketball season ticket holders. He also enjoyed watching UVA football and men’s basketball.
Paul was pre-deceased by his wife, parents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins from Lewisburg, WV. Paul is survived by his brother, Donald W. Mays and his wife Peachie of Charlottesville, son Stephen of Charlottesville, daughter Sandra of Lancaster, PA, nieces Laurie McCorkle and her husband Tim of Riverview, FL and Dana Mays of Charlottesville.
The family wishes to thank everyone at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Health Center, where Paul resided for the last 6 months. The CNAs, nurses, staff and doctors provided exemplary care with the utmost of kindness, compassion, and patience. You all have our heartfelt gratitude.
The family welcomes friends from 12 until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6 at Hill and Wood Funeral Home, Charlottesville. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. in the Chapel, with burial immediately following in Monticello Memory Gardens.