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P.O. Box 319, 101 N. Second Street
McGehee, AR 71654
Phone: (870) 222-3232
Fax: (870) 222-4801
Jack May

Jack May

Friday, December 29th, 1939 - Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
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Jack went to be with our Lord and Savior on November 18 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, AR.
He was born on December 29, 1939 in McGehee, AR and grew up in Arkansas City, AR. He was a deacon in First Baptist Church in McGehee for many years, an avid duck hunter and a natural born leader. He graduated from Arkansas City high school in 1957 and then from Ouachita Baptist University. He was the director of Desha County Dept of Human Services for 34 years, Mayor of McGehee for 8 years and Desha County Judge or 2 years. Jack had a deep love for Desha County and the people there. Serving God and people were his passions. He was a member of the McGehee Mens Club, McGehee Industrial Foundation, American Legion, McGehee Chamber of Commerce, former McGehee Man of the Year, Owlfest Committee was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Memorial, the Japanese-American Museum and the restoration of the railroad depot.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mary Alice May and his wife of 51 years, Linda May.
He is survived by two daughters, Heather (Dale) Williams of Springdale, AR and Holly (Daniel) Ardoin of Greenbrier, AR. Two grandchildren, Andrew and Reagan Williams of Greenbrier, AR, two step-grand daughters, Abigail (Jonathon) Weatherford of Russellville, AR and Tabitha Ardoin of Greenbrier, AR and four step-great grandchildren. One sister, Jill Lawhon of Little Rock and very special friends, Greg and Betty Dennis.

Pallbearers are Lance Lawhon, Landon Lawhon, Andrew Williams, Chase Dennis, John Ripley and Jason McCallie. Honorary Pallbearers are Tabby Ardoin and Reagan Williams.

There will be a graveside service on Saturday, November 21 at 2pm at McGehee Cemetery with Bro Rick Miller presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Mcgehee, P.O. Box 133, McGehee, AR 71654.
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    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 2:00pm
    McGehee Cemetery
    Crooked Bayou Rd
    McGehee, AR 71654
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    Rev. Rick Miller
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    McGehee Cemetery
    Crooked Bayou Rd
    McGehee, AR 71654
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Posted at 02:20pm
Jesse and Beatrice Harvest, Debora Hudspeth and Family

Heather, Holly and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God's hope-filled promises bring comfort to your soul and peace to your heart. Mr. May will be missed.

LeAnn Edwards

Posted at 11:06pm
Jack was a great friend and will be missed by many. He gave years to Desha County and was a true ambassador through each of his careers. He was a good man and a good friend and I will miss chats, our reminiscing and especially the laughter.

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Posted at 12:46pm
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Jackie Walker

Posted at 12:36pm
Prayers for the family. Mr. Jack and Mrs. Linda was 2 of the sweetest people you ever wanted to meet. They both will be greatly missed.
Jackie Walker

Paul Curtis

Posted at 09:53am
Thanks Mr. Jack for always being so kind and looking out for me while in McGehee. I will never forget what you did for me while working for McGehee PD. Rest in Peace, my friend.

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