Elmo Burrows May, 83, of Louisburg, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Oct. 17, 1930, to the late Willie Elias and Eleanor Shearin May. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1951-54 on the U.S. Coast Guard ship, Violet. He was stationed in Cape May, N.J. and Groton, Conn. He received an honorable discharge in 1954. He also served on the N.C. Soil and Water Board from 1994-2010.
Burrows was a well known and respected tobacco and cattle farmer in Franklin County. He was a lifelong member of Hill King United Methodist Church and served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent and a choir member. He also donated land for the fellowship hall that will be used for many years to come.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Dovie Valentine May; sons, Steve (Ginny), Ricky (Gale) and Stuart (Kelly); daughter, Susan Parrish (Tony); grandchildren, Jodi Pope, Michael May (Mandy), Jeremy May (Leslie), Courtney Alford (Kevin), Ryan May and William Parrish; nine great-grandchildren; his sister, Shirley Southall (Wilbur); and sisters-in-law, Peggy May Purdue (Kenneth), Eula May and Janet May.
He is preceded in death by his brothers James, Vernon and Douglas; sisters Lucille, Doris and Alma; and his grandson, Brandon Perry May.
The family also has a special love and appreciation for Ann Kennedy, a loving caregiver for the entire family. The family wishes to thank all the caregivers and friends for their love and support.
The family received friends on Dec. 12, and the funeral followed on Friday, Dec. 13, at Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hill King United Methodist in Louisburg or to Amedisys Home Health Services in Franklinton.