James Isaac Mays

james mays
RLINGTON -- James "Jamie" Isaac Mays, 44, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Arlington. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Thursday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. James was born to Debra Jean and Carmon Bascom Mays on Sept. 24, 1969, in Arlington. He was a loving husband and devoted father. James loved spending time with his family and friends. He often talked of retiring from "the big city" and getting away from it all. He was a great man with much determination, who never feared when faced with life's challenges. He will be greatly missed by all. James was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Earl and Mary Bell; and paternal grandparents, T.B. and Edith Mays. Survivors: Wife, Shawn Mays; son, Tyler Mays; mother, Debra Auvenshine and his stepfather, Dwain; father, Carmon Mays; brother, Richard Mays and wife, Kathy; nephew, Ricky; sister, Jennifer Hallmeyer and husband, Cory; niece, September; stepsister, Alesha Vogel and husband, John Paul; nephews, Mason and Grady; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Wade Family Funeral Home Arlington, 817-274-9233

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  1. When James first contacted Leukemia 8 years ago, I thought he was the bravest person I ever met in the way he accepted and fought the disease. He did not ask why me? He knew what he was in for. He suffered greatly medically in those 8 years, but never complained about his lot in life, and maintained a positive attitude that he was going to pull through and regain his health. It hurt everytime I saw him because I knew he was not as well as he pretended and there was nothing I could do about it. He was a great son and a great person, an example for others to emulate. Just knowing he was there, made my life better. Words cannot express how much I will miss him.

  2. We did not have the privilege to meet James Mays, however if he was anything like his son, Tyler, he must have been a very special man.
    We are so sad to hear about his passing.

  3. Shawn and Tyler,
    Please accept my belated thoughts of you all in losing James.
    He was undoubtedly THE FINEST MAN, I have ever called a friend. He was my confidant, partner in business, and a great teacher. He is still a force in my life. We had great times working, fishing, and drinking a beer or two. I am so saddened by the loss of such a light in this world that has so much darkness.
    A true gift, to myself, Viveca, and the multitude of employees and customers we worked with on a daily basis. He was a true leader.
    Marrying his sweetheart, and creating a new life with her in his life and Tyler was what made him complete. I could go on and on.
    I sincerely hope and pray that you are finding peace and a brighter day in the fact that James would do absolutely anything to know you were picking up the pieces and moving forward as best you can.
    Please also tell his Mom I am thinking of her and the entire family.
    With all my heart ~ I will always hold James in my thoughts and wish we could have just one more day to fish!
    Bless You All, and James, my friend rest in peace!

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