Gaylon Mays was born in Nashville on December 2, 1939. His parents were Clarice and
Robert. His mom worked at Cain-Sloan and his dad worked in the electronics field. Hey
has two brothers, one older, one younger. His older brother Dudley lives in Murfreesboro
and his younger brother, Stevie lives in Nashville.
Gaylon has been a life long Nashvillian having lived on Vivell Avenue, where he was
born and now on Wingate Avenue.Gaylon and his wife, Wilma, were involved with the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home
for 10 years, and for 3 and 1/2 of those years, they were house parents.
First with Wilma at the Tastee Restaurant downtown. She was working at the Baptist
Sunday School Board at the time and she walked into the restaurant one day and
caught Gaylon’s eye and stole his heart. He told Ben Crook, a friend when he saw her,
“I’m going to marry that girl.”
And some 2 years later they did get married. A marriage that lasted 57 years, before
she passed away. They did not have any children, Gaylon said they just loved everybody
else’s children-and he could send them home when they acted up!
Gaylon only became a part of our church family last year, but he wasted no time in
getting involved. We are happy to have him as a fellow believer and are thankful for the
many activities he is involved in.
Gaylon is a regular attendee in Sunday School and Prayer Meeting and helps out on the
food drive, and Vacation Bible School—and anything else he is asked to do.
His hobbies are watching racing at the Fairground Speedway, riding his Honda
Goldwing motorcycle, church activities and he is still highly involved in Masonic and
Shriner activities where he holds the 32nd degree and is a Scottish Rite Mason and also
a York Right Mason!
His goals in life are to be more Christlike, and to stay healthy.
Gaylon has always been involved in whatever organization he was a part of. he served
as Assistant Director, Director and later Assistant State Director of the Nashville Tour
Riders and Goldwing Touring Association.
He also was a Lieutenant in the Al Menah Shrine Motor Corp golfcart group and was
also a Lieutenant in the Williamson County Shriners golf cart group.
He has won numerous awards including several First Place awards showing his
Goldwing motor bike and several First and Second Place awards showing his golfcart in
different car shows (his golfcart seems to be chrome-from one end to the other).
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Published by Ellis Funeral Home & Cremation Service – Nashville on Sept. 27, 2022.