---- — Walter Rosemond “Uncle Walt” Mays, 80, of Mt. Vernon, died 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at White Oak Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon.
He was born Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1933, in Durant, Miss., the son of Charlie Clarence and Eunice Bell (Moss) Mays. He married Mildred Vernetta McGee on Dec. 18, 1950, Beardstown, and she preceded him in death on June 15, 2007.
Uncle Walt served in the National Guard and was a truck driver and retired from Hogan Trucking as a truck driver instructor. He was a lifetime member of the Mt. Vernon Eagles Aerie Lodge 2791. He enjoyed watching stock car racing and NASCAR and was of the Baptist Faith.
He is survived by three daughters, Roseanne Region of Mt. Vernon, Barbara Coomer of Mt. Vernon and Rhonda Gray of Scott City, Mo.; three sons, Dale Mays and wife Connie of Mt. Vernon, Robert Coomer of Fairfield and Darold Hicks of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Kathleen Heck of Mt. Vernon and Jessie Scholfield of Centralia; nine grandsons; nine granddaughters; 13 great-granddaughters; seven great-grandsons; six great-great-granddaughters; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Dennis Eugene Mays; one daughter, Wanda June Leverton; five brothers, John, Clarence, Tom Ed, Carl and David Mays; and three sisters, Myrtle Mays, Mary and Mabel Kirk.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Brad Henson officiating. In honor of his wishes, he will be cremated following the funeral service.
Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62764.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.