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John Cannaday Mays

October 3, 1935 — March 23, 2020

John Cannaday Mays

John Mays, 84, of Saltillo, Texas passed away in the early hours of March 23, 2020 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

John was born October 3, 1935, in Saltillo, Texas, the son of Jim Mays and Mayflower Cannaday Mays. He served in the U.S. Army for nearly 8 years and obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant E6(T) upon his honorable discharge in March of 1963. Following his time in the Army, he went on to equip himself for a career in business management. He utilized his management skills to serve as a Hospital Administrator in both Mt. Pleasant and Mesquite, Texas. He also served as a Nursing Home Administrator for many years. Once ready to leave the rat-race of city life, John returned to his beloved Saltillo area to put in a dairy. After this, he became a cattleman for the remainder of his working life.

In his latter years, John loved spending time with his grandchildren and since Christmas was his thing, he made sure that everyone did Christmas at "Granddaddy's" house. His grandkids still remember the occasions when baby calves were fed in his kitchen to help assure their survival.

John Mays was his own man, and never left any doubt as to where he stood on any issues. He and his domino playing buddies spent a lot of time at the local store solving the world's problems and sharing as well as making memories for all to partake of.

He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Cooper (Jerry) of Talco, his son John Russell "Rusty" Mays (Leanora Bass) of Saltillo; grandchildren: Jace Cooper (Sheena), Jillian Weaver (Cody), Jacquelyn Mendez (Levi), Jeff French, and Chad French. Other survivors include his great grandchildren: Olivia & Ollie Mendez, Jax Hagan, Milton & Baylin Cooper, Christian, Zackary & Grayson French and Jaylee Weaver and one brother Gerald Mays, and sisters Jimmye Garner and Christine Kerr.

He was preceded in death by Nancy Barker Mays, one daughter: Janet French, a grandson: Christopher French, and a great granddaughter: Ella Mendez. Also preceding him in death were his parents and 8 siblings (2 brothers and 6 sisters)

Graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. at Stouts Creek Cemetery in Saltillo, TX.

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Stouts Creek Cemetery
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