John Lee May was born on Dec. 13, 1966, in Benton, Ark. 

John passed on to a better place on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at the age of 55.

John is survived by his wife, Lisa, to whom he was married for 35 years; his two children, Eoin and Patty; his father, Royce; and siblings Ross, Richard and Sandy. 

He was preceded by his mother, Pat May. 

John was a graduate of Bryant High School in Bryant, Ark. Upon graduating, he successfully worked in various fields before finding his calling in the firearm industry. He greatly enjoyed and excelled in his role as the Sales and Marketing Director for Ed Brown Products. 

John had several pastimes. He liked working with his hands, in wood and steel. He loved competitive and recreational shooting and that love is what helped open the door to his career in the firearm industry.  

John relished the pursuit of knowledge and enjoyed sharing that knowledge with those around him. He acted as a mentor and teacher to any that sought his advice, helping those that asked to become more successful in their life. This included dispensing sage advice to Eoin’s teammates and classmates at Huntsville Schools. John relished watching his son play football and being the play-by-play caller for the Huntsville Peewee Football games.  

John’s greatest passion was for his family. For John, family was something more than who you shared blood with or marriage ties to, family was whom you chose. His first choice, and wisest by far, was asking his high school sweetheart to be his wife. She said yes and that bond has stood firm for 35 years and produced two extraordinary children, Eoin and Patty. 

John was extraordinarily proud of his children and it took no effort to get him started talking about their accomplishments and their bright futures. Eoin graduated with honors from high school and is currently excelling in college and on the Dean’s List. He is already following in his father’s footsteps and making a name for himself in the gun industry. His daughter Patty is a self-assured young woman and an excellent student in high school. She is tough as nails, much like her father, but also embraces his compassion. They both inherited his natural sense of what is right and fair.  Their strength of character and their successes are a reflection of his and Lisa’s love, strength, and dedication. There is no finer thing in life.

In accordance with John’s wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no graveside services. 

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 7, 2022, at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel in Berryville, Ark. 

There will be a fellowship and celebration of his life at the Berryville Church of Christ following services. 

The family asks, in lieu of flowers, that a donation be made to the May Scholarship Fund at any Arvest Bank location. 

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service.