HAWLEY: Brenda Kay May, 72, passed Wednesday, April 24, 2019. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 2:00pm in the sanctuary of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, directed by Fry~Smith Funeral Home. A visitation was held on Friday, April 26, 2019 at May Farm, Hawley.
Brenda was the only child born to Milton and Leona (Lawrie) Bryant, on October 10, 1946 in Abilene. Brenda grew up in Abilene and attended school. She graduated from Abilene High School in 1965. Where she won the Spirt of Athletics award. She attended Texas Tech and then transferred to McMurry University. She received her Bachelor of Science of Education.
She married Jarel May in 1971 and settled in Abilene to raise their family. Jarel and Brenda owned May Carpets on Butternut and she worked for Shetland Hallmark, Abilene State School, Abilene Parks and Recreation, and Pam’s Pets.
Holding true to core values, Brenda was active in the school system as PTA president and then became a member the National PTA Membership. She was a member of the Abilene Woman’s Club and the Abilene Gardens Club. She was a member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church.
Brenda’s love for animals, and upon her inheritance of her father’s land in Hawley, she became the founder of May Farm. May Farm is a place that has taught and continues to teach children, and many adults, the beauty of a farm, livestock and other assorted animals. She enjoyed the countless birthday parties and the busy pace of activities on the farm, along with the events off the farm that would include her animals. She was a strong supporter of the Taylor County 4-H program and providing the animals for the 4-H petting zoo at the West Texas Fair and Rodeo and for the Pioneer Drive Easter Pageant.
She is survived by her son, Jason Becton and wife Monica of Hawley; her daughter Jamy Wagner and husband Dale of Denali Borough, Ak; grandchildren, Turner Becton, Trista, Becton, Garrett Clark, Zackery Kiser; niece, Shelly Chapman; close friends Dianne Davis and husband Mike, Linda McMeekan and husband David (dec. 2018).
She is preceded in death by her husband Jarel May (April 24, 1996) and her parents.
Pallbearers for Brenda are Robert, Kern, Kit Horne, Dale Stokes, Sam Chase, Mike Davis, Garret Poole, J-Layne Partin, John Hirsh.
Honory Pallbearers are Dub Pierce, Royce Curtis, Lynn Nicolas, Prentice Martin, Larry Doc Walls, Jeff Howard, Joe Wilson, Gary, Bomar, Robert Pritz, and Amy Acosta.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Taylor County 4-H program, 1982 Lytle Way, Abilene, Tx 79602 or to the Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, Choir, 701S. Pioneer Dr. Abilene, Tx 79605.
The family would like to thank the Jackson family of Jackson Brothers Feed and Seed, and the Vinson family of Abilene Ag for the years of support they provided for May Farm.
Condolences can be left at www.fry-smith.com.