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Donald E. May
© Enid News and Eagle
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Donald E. May, 69, passed away on Monday, October 3, 2005 at his home in OKC. He attended the following schools, Willard, Ada, OK, Columbus, OKC, Jackson Middle School and Capital Hill High School. Don enjoyed a wide variety of activities including breeding and racing thoroughbred horses, building and racing stock cars. He was an avid sport fan and was recently inducted on July 16, 2005 into the Capital Hill Hall of Fame. He was the starting center for the class of 1953 State Championship Football Team. Don also enjoyed many business ventures and was a successful entrepreneur. He proudly served the livestock industry for over 40 years. He was President and a third generation owner of W.H. May Livestock Commission Company, a family cattle business that was established in 1910 at the Oklahoma National Stockyards, OKC. He was President and CEO of W.H. May Oil Royalties, co-owner of Covington Sale Barn and Enid Stockyards with his youngest son Roy Don May. He also owned May Salvage and Wrecker Service, a service station in OKC and was co-owner of Tinhorns Unlimited, Tuttle, OK. He proudly served his country for 8 years in the Air Force Reserves at Tinker Air Force Base while working at Townleys Dairy, OKC. Don was a charter member of Stockyards City(Posse), Oklahoma City Livestock Exchange, Assistant Little League football coach (Fairview Eagles) and a former member of the Moore FFA Booster Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clara and Roy May, brother, Troy May, half brother, Leland “Bud” May, half sisters, Dorothy Dearmore and Irene Goodwin. Survivors include his beloved wife Lois of 41 years, three children, William H. May II, Guthrie, OK, Roy Don May, and wife Gina, Marshall, OK and La Dawn Christopher and husband Chris, Little Elm, TX; sister Janice Pruitt, Norman, OK; 10 grandchildren, Harmony Crane, Joshua May, Melody Crook, Jamie, Jaylene and Harley Adams, Kyllie and Sunnie May, Jace and Semyon Christopher, 3 great grandchildren, Marissa, Destiny and Elijah Crane and several special nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2005 at Smith & Kernke Chapel, 14624 N. May Avenue, OKC with burial to follow at Marshall Lions South Cemetery, a half mile west of the Hwy 74 and Hwy 51 intersection. Pallbearers will be members of his high school football team. The family extends thanks to all his friends, co-workers and a special thanks to all the doctors and nurses at St. Anthony Hospital and Vista Care Hospice staff, for the loving care and support they provided throughout his illness.
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