Mr. Howard Lee “PeeWee” Mayes, 76, of Kirby Lackey Road, Taylorsville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Mayes was born February 16, 1942 in Alexander County, the son of the late Harvey Lee Mayes, Sr. and Lucille Elizabeth Millsaps Mayes.
He was a graduate of Happy Plains High School. Before being a long distance truck driver, he worked for Broyhill Furniture. He had driven for Champion Paper and Carolina Mills, where he retired.
He was a lifetime member of Macedonia Baptist Church and the church was the love of his life. He was a member of the adult Sunday school class, on the board of trustees, the usher board, and a member of the male choir. He did the van ministry of the church, a member of Adult Missionary Circle, Alexander County Union Missionary, Alexander County Association, and a member of the local NAACP. He enjoyed being outdoors his favorite was the mountains. He enjoyed attending the local Senior Citizens Center, loved to play bingo, do word search and he loved his wife, Linda “Sweetie” and his extended family.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by: his former wife, Hazel Parsons Mayes; a son, Roger Eller; a sister, Bettye Sue Mayes Lackey.
Those family members left to cherish and honor his memory include: his wife, Linda Parks Mayes of the home; a son, Byron Eller and wife, Mary, of Stratford, CT; two grandchildren, Sydney Williams, Ahmad Eller; two sisters, Mary Ann Elizabeth Mayes, Bessie N. Mayes both of CA; three brothers, Jessie “Buster” M. Mayes, Sr. and wife, Fleeta, James “Jim” A. Mayes, Sr. and wife, Jean, Harvey L. Mayes, Jr. and wife, Rhonda, all of Taylorsville; a brother-in-law, Russell Lackey of Statesville; also Sterling Primus, Ronnie Howell, Mildred Mayes and Wilma Howell, who all were reared in the home; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
The Home-Going Celebration will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Macedonia Baptist Church, Hwy 90 East of Taylorsville. Rev. James Ferguson will be officiating. Rev. William L. Brown-Eulogy, Revs. Sterling Howard, Jeffery Miller, Macy Jones, Dale Gibson will also be assisting. Burial will follow in the St. John's Baptist Church Cemetery, 224 Quail Hollow Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
The family will receive friends from Noon to 2 p.m., prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to: Macedonia Baptist Church, 1451 Hwy 90 East, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
Adams Funeral Home and cremation services is honored to be serving the Mayes Family.