William “Bill” Thomas Mays
Mar. 11, 1954 – Dec. 26, 2021
William “Bill” Thomas Mays, Jr. 67, of Henrico went to be with Jesus on December 26, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his father, William T Mays, Sr and his mother, Barbara S. House.
Bill is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Nancy; daughter, Jennifer Benson (Ray); son, Gregory Mays (Marissa); four precious grandchildren, Allie Belote, Ruby Belote, Bryor Mays and Field Mays; and brothers, Keith Mays (Heather) and Kevin Mays.
Bill’s love and devotion to his family was unmatched. He was known for his loving and generous heart and was always eager to reach out and help anyone at any time.
He was loved and adored and will be dearly missed. He will continue to live on through his children and grandchildren.
Bill recently retired (due to health issues) from Duffy’s Repair Service where he had spent 30+ years diagnosing and repairing vehicles. Bill created Auto Tech and taught hands-on instructional classes. His automotive knowledge and discernment were remarkable.
He spent many hours volunteering at Johnson Elementary, and endless hours at Bethlehem Little League where he was the Chief Umpire for many years.
Bill loved baseball especially watching his son (big #9) and grandsons’ (little #9’s) play! He was a huge Atlanta Braves fan and was thrilled when they won the 2021 World Series.
Not only was in an inspiration to his family but to all who knew him.
He was an active member of Staples Mill Road Baptist Church where he loved serving his Lord and Savior.
A Celebration of Life will be held on January 3rd at 1 pm at Staples Mill Road Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Staples Mill Road Baptist Church or the American Kidney Fund.
So sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Bill well, mostly from seeing him at church and our communication on Facebook. I loved his sense o humor and am sure he will be greatly missed. Love and prayers to his family.
He was the best of the best. I can’t believe he’s gone. We will miss him more than words can say.
In the short time that a knew Bill, I quickly learned that he was a very kind person and I am grateful and blessed to have known him. Sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family and all who knew and loved Bill. He will be missed by many.
Bill was a wonderful Man, he loved to laugh and bring laughter to everyone around him! So happy Bill knew the LORD JESUS, whom Bill is with this very day. Church and especially life group will not be the same without him! Love you Brother we will see you again one day!
We will all certainly miss Bill! He was a great friend and always the comedian. I know he’s walking those streets of gold now but will sorely be missed here on earth. Our life group will not be the same without him.
I knew Bill through our Monday evening Amputee support group and I know that he will be dearly missed. I was shocked to hear the news. He always gave me ‘trouble’ and kidded me a lot! But he could take it too! I’m so sorry for your loss and everyone who had the distinct pleasure of knowing Bill. He was such an asset to this world and those lives that he touched and he will live on in our hearts and minds forever. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of the Discover Your Possible Amputee Support Group. Thank you for sharing your person with us! 👍💕
Gonna miss you a ton brother. Thank you for your love and service for our family and our Church Family. Look forward to seeing you again, this time without those health issues that took you away from us too soon. See you on the other side my brother and my friend.
The best friend you could have and a shining light even when the chips were down will miss him so much ❣️
I can’t believe he’s gone – our class will not be the same without him. A true friend and always there when you need him no matter for what.
We will look after Nancy till she can be with you.
Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We remember all his hard work at Johnson PTA . Our thoughts are with you and your family. Susan& Larry Beazley
Anne and I were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a great help to me and the Major Phillies at Bethlehem Little League and spent countless hours helping in all facets of league operations. He was a gentle soul and would always lend a hand.
God will comfort Nancy and the family and may he rest In peace. Till we meet again big guy!
I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I enjoyed working with him and Nancy at Johnson Elem. PTA and seeing them both out over the years during dinners out.
You and Bill were such good neighbors & friends of Mom & Dad’s on Westbourne Drive. We will pray for you & your family.
Bill and I first met over 40 years ago, working together in the automotive industry. Our relationship and friendship continued over these years as we worked together in various capacities. Bill had a real passion for our industry; he loved to diagnose and repair vehicles and his real passion was sharing his vast knowledge with others through his training. He derived great satisfaction knowing he had helped so many auto technicians not only throughout Virginia, but across the country. They just don’t make them like Bill any longer….,he will be greatly missed.