Anna Mary Odell Mays (Sign Guestbook)

Knoxville – Anna Mary Odell Mays, 81, passed away December 12, 2018, in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was born February 25, 1937, in Washington County, Tennessee. She graduated from Fall Branch High School in 1954 along with her future husband, Col John Mays USAR ret. Attending the University of Tennessee Knoxville she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Dietetics and later earned a Masters degree in Counseling. Anna Mary retired from the Knox County School System after 42 years serving as both a history teacher and guidance counselor.

     Her love of history led her to a lifetime membership in the DAR and DAC. Researching genealogy was always a favorite pastime which she enjoyed sharing with her family. She was an active member of many clubs and organizations through which she developed several close friendships.  Anna Mary always enjoyed her visits back to the family farm in Washington County, Tennessee which has been owned by her family since 1778 and is designated a pioneer century farm. The farm sits astride the East Tennessee quilt trail and displays a quilt square she painted, patterned after a quilt her grandmother stitched, mounted on the tobacco barn.  She loved to garden, work in her flower beds, and tend to the animals.

     Anna and John became members of the Fountain City United Methodist Church in 1961 where they belonged to the Christian Homebuilders Sunday school class. She has been blessed by her church family and was always grateful for the wonderful times they shared.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, Eugene Hale and Rowena Watkins Odell; her brother, Richard Gene Odell; niece, Joanna Odell Lochen, nephew, Dr. Allen Glenn Mays and great nephew, Madison Mays.

     Surviving are her husband of 60 years, John Edward Mays; daughters, Anita Mays Newsom and husband, Michael Newsom, Cynthia Mays Clark and husband, Maj Gen Stephen Clark UASF ret.; and two granddaughters, Shelby and Sydney Clark; sister-in-law, Joanne Odell, brother-in-law, Capt G. Glennon Mays USN ret.; and wife, Linda English Mays; nieces and nephews, Richard Patrick Odell and Kelly, Laurel Odell Clapp and husband, Martin Clapp, Makena Clapp, Kelly Mays Annoni and husband, Dr. Bret Annoni, Peyton and Eli Annoni, Rachel Mays Roberts and husband, Ben Roberts, Tabitha Mays.

     A celebration of life – funeral, will be held on Monday, December 17 at 6:00 pm, at the Fountain City United Methodist Church of Knoxville with the Rev.Tom Ballard Senior Pastor officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 18 at 2:00 pm, at the Fairview Cemetery in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

     Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Christian Homebuilders Sunday class of the Fountain City United Methodist Church.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fountain City United Methodist Church, 212 Hotel Rd., Knoxville, Tennessee 37918.

     Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Mays family and invites you to view and sign the online registry below.

8 guestbook entries for “Anna Mary Odell Mays”:

  1. Carol Pettit says:

    Anna was a long-time member of our Fountain City Study Club and Fontinalis Club. She was a lovely, warm & caring person, and so well liked by everyone who knew her. Her presence will be sorely missed. May God’s love shine upon her and may her soul rest in peace. Amen.

  2. Sue and Don and Keith McKenzie says:

    Anna was loved by us. She was a great person who helped in anyway she could.
    We are sure she is in heaven. Our prayers are for her family because we are sure they will miss her as we do. We have to temper this with the knowledge she is in a much better place. SueS

  3. George Mays says:

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  4. Diane Greve says:

    Anna was a wonderful lady, always very friendly and caring person. I will miss seeing her in sunday school. I know she was loved by all who knew her. She will be truly missed..

  5. Ed Daugherty says:

    Sorry to hear of Anna Mary’s death. I taught with her mother at Ketron High School for about seventeen years. She was certainly a great mentor when I starting my teaching career. She and I were yearbook sponsors for most of those years. I was a student at ETSU when Eddie was in the mid to late 1950’s. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Ed Daugherty

  6. Dee Dee Seals says:

    My sweet friend Anna Mays was a very faithful volunteer for our church, FCUMC, as a counter on Monday mornings. Could not have asked for a better partner to work with in this capacity. Our prayers are with you John and family.
    Love and prayers,
    Mark and Dee Dee Seals

  7. Mike Hueser says:

    So sorry to hear of Anna’s passing. John and family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Jane A. Skeen says:

    We were sad to read that Anna Mary had passed. We have many good memories from ETSU, Eddie. Our condolences to you and your family.

    Love and prayers,
    Phil and Jane Skeen

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