Obituaries » Dr. Richard May
March 23, 1928 - February 11, 2018
Minden – Beloved husband, daddy, granddaddy, brother, uncle, friend, and pastor Dr. Richard May, went to be with his heavenly Father on Sunday, February 11, 2018, a day for which he had lived his life.
Dr. May was born in Ellettsville, Indiana, to Charles Mitchell and Martha Ann May on March 23, 1928, and was raised in Evansville and Spencer, Indiana. Near the end of World War II he joined the Army and gladly served in whatever capacity for which he was needed. Several years later, with a wife and child at home, he unselfishly served in Korea as a medic. He never talked much about his wartime experiences in the field as a medic, but one thing that remained in his heart for his lifetime was the loving Korean people, especially the orphans living on the streets in that country. Later in life he would return to Korea five more times to minister to their spiritual needs. He always returned from those mission trips with a full heart and spirit.
At the age of thirty, Dr. May and his wife Merle were invited by close friends to attend a revival at a local church in Shreveport. It was at that revival that they both felt the Lord tugging at their hearts’ doors and there accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. Two years later they felt the Lord calling them into the ministry and Dr. May was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister. At that time, with three children, the May’s gave up all they had-home, jobs-to attend tot the Lord’s work and continued for almost sixty years. He continued his education through the years and earned Bachelors, Masters, and a Ph.D., all to enhance his eservice to his family, fellow Christians, but most of all to the Lord. Throughout the years he pastored in Verda, Homer, Downsville, Doyline, Converse, Sarepta, Gibsland, Bryceland, and Minden, Louisiana. He retired three times and after each retirement filled in for churches and eventually returned to pastor a church.
Dr. May is preceded in death by his wife Merle Cubley May, two infant sons, parents Charles Mitchell and Martha Ann May, brother Charles W. May and sister-in-law Jane May.
He is survived by son Gregory Wayne May of Ruston; daughters: Glenda May Seaton and husband Philip of Camden, AR, Becky May Young and husband Doug of Ruston, and Michelle May Law and husband Mike of Irving, TX; grandchildren: Richard Elton Hammons, David Wayne Hammons, Amanda Patrick Adams, Michael Ray Patrick, Matthew May, Justin May and Cindy May Maroon; sister Kay Hunter and husband David of Indiana; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 14th, at 10:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, LA, with burial to follow at Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport, LA. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 13th, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.
His Lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant…Enter into the joy of your Lord.’ Matthew 25:23
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to charity of choice.