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Joe May

Joe Henry May, 80, of Dunlap died unexpectedly at his home, Sunday, February 7, 2016.

May was a longtime deputy sheriff in Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and was sheriff of Sequatchie County for 16 years. He was a member of East Valley Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Smith May; parents, Ernest and Beatrice Barker May; brothers, Jack May and Ervin May; and sisters, Betty Joyce Wright, Dortha K. Holmes and Ethel Lee Benefield. 

Survivors include his sisters, Ann (Clyde) Johnson and Katherine (late Junior) Billingsby, both of Dunlap, Inez Merriman of Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia; several nieces and nephews; and caregiver, Nancy Smith Cagle.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 11 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Terry Barker and Bro. Michael Wright officiating. Burial was in Collier Cemetery.

Law enforcement officers will serve as honorary pallbearers.

An online guestbook is at

Ewton Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.

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