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Samuel Warren Mays, Jr., 82, of Thomasville, Georgia passed away peacefully October 15, 2017 with his family present. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 9, 1935 to Samuel Warren Mays, Sr. and Martha Parker Mays, both deceased. Warren married Elaine Windsor on September 20, 1975. They celebrated their 42nd anniversary this year.

Warren graduated from Thomasville High School in 1953, then attended Presbyterian College where he earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Mathematics. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha order fraternity. While at Presbyterian College, he was a member of the R.O.T.C. and was chosen as platoon leader his senior year. He played on the golf team all four years, serving as captain his freshman and sophomore years, as well as being the assistant golf coach while also being a player his junior and senior years. After college, he served in the U.S Army. After his time in the service, Warren returned to Thomasville to work at his fathers business, Georgia Chemical Company, where he worked until his retirement in November 2013. Warren was a longtime member of the Thomasville Rotary club, an avid golfer and Bridge player, and an active member of The Gathering Church. During his golfing years, he won numerous tournaments including the Junior, Mens, and Senior Tournaments at Glen Arvin Country Club and the famous Piney Woods Invitational.

Warren was very proud of his family including his spouse, his two children, his two stepsons, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Elaine; his daughter Wendy and husband Ron Spencer of Tallahassee, FL; his son Cameron and wife Anne of Vero Beach, FL; his step-son Layne Richardson and wife Georga of Ochlocknee, GA; and his step-son Larry Richardson and wife Debra of Moultrie, GA; his sister Martha May and husband Joe of Thomasville, GA; his grandchildren Parker and wife Jillian Hathaway, Boyd Hathaway, Warren Mays, Austin and wife Anthonela Mays, Erin Mays, Sam and wife Jeri Richardson, Jamie Richardson, Spenser and wife Felicia Richardson, Sean Richardson, and Savannah Richardson; his great grandchildren James and Joshua Richardson and Evelyn Richardson.

During Warrens later years, he and Elaine shared many hours of playing Bridge and his favorite game, Marbles, with special friends including Jack and Kathy Megahee, Mike and Elaine Barrett, Larry and Jeannie Kokesh, and Kenny Lairsey. The family also expresses their thanks to his caregiver, Betty Williams.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Laurel Hill Cemetery at 4:00 pm. Pastor Randy Fields of The Gathering Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Warrens honor may be made to Hospice of Southwest Georgia or The Gathering Church. Guests may sign the online register book at www.whiddonshiverfuneralhome.com
Published on October 16, 2017
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