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David May

February 6, 1960 — January 2, 2022


David Keith May, age 61, of Harrogate, TN, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.  He was born February 6, 1960, the son of the late Ralph Elwood May and Sarah “Sally” Grace Haddix May Leffel.

He was of the Baptist faith and attended the Indian Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Harrogate, TN. He was an avid UT fan and a member of the KY Army National Guard.  He served in the Army, Delta 1 Company A 1/149th Infantry from August 1978 to August 1984.  He also served as a Middlesboro Police Officer Badge #541 for 6 years.

In addition to his parents, David is preceded in death by his stepfather, Paul Leffel; brother, Ronald May; sister, Donna Kay Honeycutt; brother-in-law, Lynn Honeycutt; and niece, Heather Honeycutt.

He is survived by the following:

His loving wife, Susan May

Children, Andrea (John) Shelton of Charlotte, NC, Jodie (Gary) West of Middlesboro, KY, Tyler (Amber) May of Tazewell, TN, Jennifer (Charlie) Lambert of Middleboro, KY, and Rachel Money of Harrogate, TN

Grandchildren, Shiloh, Sydney, Jeana and Baylee Shelton, Cameron and Braelyn May, Austin West, Alexa and Ryleigh May, Taegan and Na’Shawn Brooks, Maylea, Brody and Creed Lambert

Great-Grandson, Landon Massengill

Brothers, Jackie (Cindy) May of Harrogate, TN and Donald (Betty) May of Ewing, VA

Special friend, Terry Baker

And a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family sends a special thank you to Dr. C.A. Moore and his staff; the staff at the UT Medical Center; the staff at UT Hospice; his nurses, Kai Bishop and Kelley Freiboth; and a special recognition to his loving pup, Sassy.

A Celebration of Life for David Keith May will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Monday, January 10, 2022, at the Indian Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Harrogate, TN.  Reverend Steve Moyers will be officiating.

Online condolences and guestbook are available at  Cawood Funeral Home, Middlesboro, KY is in charge of all arrangements.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of David May, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Monday, January 10, 2022

Starts at 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

Indian Creek Baptist Church


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