Last Update 5/4/2008.
James Columbus Mays and Annie Lue Laxton


James Columbus MAYS born 9 Sep 1898 in Buffalo Cove, Caldwell Co, NC. He was the son of Columbus Franklin Mays and Anna Rebecca Payne. He died on 29 Sep 1975 in Caldwell Co, NC. He was buried at Mt Harmony United Methodist Church, Burke Co, NC. James married Annie Lue LAXTON daughter of William LAXTON and Jane BOLICK on 26 May 1918 in Caldwell Co, NC. Annie was born on 27 Apr 1900. She died on 18 Apr 1977 in Catawba County, NC.


James draft card.


James and Annie are buried at Mount Harmony Methodist Church, Burke Co, NC.

James and Annie's children:

James Columbus Mays Jr born 16 Oct 1921, Caldwell Co, NC and died 5 Oct 1986, Salisbury, Rowan Co, NC. Buried Conover City Cemtery, Conover, Catawba Co, NC.

Clyde Franklin Mays born 13 Nov 1925, Caldwell Co, NC and died Mar 1965, Catawba Co, NC. Clyde's death record states he was born 1924 and birth record states 1925. Buried Fairview Cemetery, Hickory, Catawba Co, NC.

Living Male Mays born 15 May 1934, Caldwell Co, NC.

Living Female Mays.

Betty Ruth Mays born 15 Sep 1941, Catawba Co, NC and died 17 Mar 2005, Catawba Co, NC. Buried Fairview Cemetery, Hickory, Catawba Co, NC.

Betty's Obit:

HICKORY - Betty Ruth Mays Shuford, 63, of 2310 Sixth St. Court, SE, Hickory, passed away March 17, 2005, at Frye Regional Medical Center after a short period of declining health.

Born Sept. 15, 1941, Betty was the youngest daughter of the late James Columbus “Lummy” Mays and Annie Lue Laxton Mays.

Betty was a beloved wife, mother and homemaker. She was an active member of Highland Baptist Church for over 30 years, and she was recently actively participating in worship at Christ United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde Mays and James Mays.

Survivors include a husband, Ronald Shuford of Hickory; three sons, Scot Shuford, Todd Shuford and Steve Shuford, all of Hickory; a daughter, Christa Shuford of Hickory; two daughters-in-law, Sherri Shuford and Dawn Shuford of Hickory; three grandchildren, Jessica Miller of Hickory and Starla Icenhour and Dustin Icenhour of Lenoir; a sister, Josephine Mays Spencer; a brother, Glenn Mays; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Sunday, March 20, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Bass-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Charles Kyker officiating.

Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 10124, Hickory, N.C. 28603, or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2221 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 131, El Segundo, Calif. 90245 or online at www.pancan.org.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home of Hickory is serving the Shuford family.
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HICKORY - Ronald "Ronnie" Coleman Shuford, 69, of Hickory, passed away Friday, May 2, 2008, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, with his children by his side, after a very short period of declining health. Born Oct. 25, 1938, he was the son of the late Lucille Leatherman Shuford. Ronald was a beloved father, grandfather, husband and friend. He proudly served his country as a member of the 82nd Airborne division of the U.S. Army. He was employed at Merchants Distributors Inc. for more than 40 years. Among his many great accomplishments, he was known as the best warehouse manager in the country and was presented "The President's Award"at MDI during his career. Upon retirement in 2000, he began working with his son and daughter at Premier Screen Printing of Hickory until the present. He was a member of Highland Baptist Church for more than 30 years and was most recently participating in worship at Christ United Methodist Church in Hickory. In addition to his mother, Ronald was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Mays Shuford, and his brother, Tommy Shuford. Survivors include his daughter, Christa Shuford of Hickory; sons, Scot Shuford, Todd Shuford and Steve Shuford, all of Hickory; two daughters-in-law, Sherry Shuford and Dawn Shuford, both of Hickory; and three grandchildren, Dustin Icenhour, Starla Icenhour and Jessica Miller. Receiving was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2008, at Bass-Smith Funeral Home. The service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Sunday, May 4, 2008, at Christ United Methodist Church in Hickory, with Pastor Charles Kyker officiating. The body will be placed in the church from 1:30 to 2 p.m., prior to the service. Bass-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Ronald Coleman Shuford.

Published in the Hickory Daily Record on 5/4/2008.


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James Columbus Mays Jr had one son, Max Winford Mays born 25 Nov 1945, Catawba Co, NC. Max died in a house fire 7 Feb 2000, on N. Gaither Ave. Newton, Catawba Co, NC.


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