James Robert May, 80

June 01, 2011
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-MAY 29, 2011

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. — James Robert May, 80, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at his home. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Mildred Catholic Church with the Rev. Donald Baribeau officiating.

A veteran serving with the U.S. Marine Corps, he worked in Detroit and Martinsburg, W.Va., with General Motors, retiring in 1987 as a plant foreman. He was a quiet but friendly man, never knowing a stranger. Always ready to lend a hand to anyone, it was evident by his life that he loved God, his family, his friends and his country. His gentle and loving heart was contagious to all who encountered him and will never be forgotten by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn May of the home; two daughters, Jacqueline Klein and Patricia Tosten; one son, Michael May; two stepdaughters, Jaime Owen and her husband, Joseph and Kristina Starkey; seven grandchildren, Carrie Renouf and her husband, Jamie, Renee Tosten, Tyler Eyer, Felicity Owen, Asia Owen, Joey Owen V and Nevin Owen; two great-grandchildren, Devin Tosten and Lydia Renouf; and brothers, Bill May and his wife, Debbie, and Charles May.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of Carteret County, P.O. Drawer 1619, Morehead City, NC 28557; to St. Mildred Catholic Church Building Fund, 616 Sabiston Drive, Swansboro, NC 28584; or to the Hem of His Garment, 724 W. Corbett Ave., Swansboro, NC 28584.

Many thanks to our grandson, Tyler, and his two friends, Shane Garland and Jeff Ewen, for helping to take care of him during his illness, and to Hospice of Carteret County in all the assistance in taking care of him as well.

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Jones Funeral Home, Swansboro, is handling the arrangements.


(Editor's note: This obituary was edited June 1, 2011, to correct the address for the St. Mildred Catholic Church Building Fund)

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