Herman May, 88, passed away at home in Jacksonville, Florida on June 23, 2016.
Herman is survived by his wife of 68 years: Pauline (Riggs) May; sons: Michael and his wife, Lynne May of Erwin, TN; Mark and his wife, Ginger May of Jacksonville, FL; his grandchildren: Shelley and her husband, Rich Edens II of Erwin; Mary Anna and her husband, Charles Peterson of Erwin; Justin and his wife, Jennifer May of Jacksonville; Derrick and his wife, Mandy May of Jacksonville; great grandchildren: Sydney, Gracie and Linnie Edens; Alex, Ryan and Ethan Peterson; Kaeli and Talan May; Trenten and Everly May; Braeden Helland.
He is preceded in death by his parents: Edward and Lillie (Smith) May; siblings: George, Luther, John, Edward Junior, Don, Hazel, Vona and Selma.
Herman was a devoted Christian and thoroughly involved in many activities in the church.. He was an Elder at both First Christian Church of Erwin and later Englewood Christian Church in Jacksonville.
Herman was born on August 25, 1927 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. Graduated from Science Hill High School in 1947. Married the love of his life, Pauline “Polly” Riggs in July 1948. Attended college at Milligan and East Tennessee State University and played football for both. He was heavily involved in his sons’ activities as they grew. Coaching both in many of their sports and was PTA President in their schools for many years.
Herman held several elected offices in Erwin which include Alderman, Head Police Commissioner, Vice Mayor and Mayor.
In 1955, Herman started his career with the Clinchfield Railroad as a Mail Carrier in the Accounting Department. After attending night school and graduating ETSU in 1958, he was promoted to the job of Railroad Special Agent in the Property Protection Department. Moved his way up through the company as the Head Store Keeper, Assistant to the General Manager and Assistant General Manager. In 1985, CSX moved him and his wife to Jacksonville as the Manager of Real Estate. He retired from CSX in 1990.
Some of his favorite things were attending his grandchildren and great grandchildren’s events to cheer them on, watching the waves on Jax beach with his wife, Polly and spending time studying his Bible.
A service was held on June 29, 2016 at Englewood Christian Church in Jacksonville. Funeral arrangements were provided by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Englewood Christian Church, 4316 Barnes Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32207; Phone: 904-733-2356.