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James Doyle May, Sr.


Jim, 84, was born in Fargo, ND on January 19, 1937, the first of five children born to Gladys Lillian (Crites) May and Doyle Miles May. They moved to Houston in 1938. Jim died unexpected­ly on February 15, 2021 from a sudden heart attack, although he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for the past several years.

Jim graduated with the highest of honors from

Culver Military Academy in 1955, having won the coveted Chambers Award for his leadership, academic performanc­e, and athletic discipline. He graduated from Rice University in 1959 with a BA in mechanical engineerin­g, returning for a year to earn his BS also in Mechanical Engineerin­g. He was an avid reader, golfer, snow skier and tennis player.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his two sisters, Judith Schauer and Geraldine Mills and his brother, George.

Jim is survived by his wife, Judy of Sugarland; beloved brother, Bob (Lou Adele) of Beeville; his three sons

Jim, Jr. (Deanne) of Plano, grandchild­ren, Melissa and Eric (Belinda), great grandsons, Myles and Max; Richard (Dana) of Katy, granddaugh­ters, Taylor and Camryn; Matthew (Elda) and grandson, Justin of Richmond.

Also surviving him is his first wife, friend, and mother of his three sons, Ellen Cartwright May of Houston. He leaves numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Jim was known for his witty remarks and unbridled humor, often misunderst­ood but never ill intended, his business acumen having created and managed several successful companies, and his competitiv­e athleticis­m in all sports, working out at the gym with his personal trainer Marcia Noyes several times a week right up until his death.

His family would like to thank his caregiver, Mary Esther Gutierrez, whose care and attention gave him an increased quality of life as his Alzheimer’s progressed over the past few years.

Also left to remember their friendship­s, the “Rice Group”, after 65 years of being together.

Jim requested cremation and to have his ashes scattered in Port Alto, TX where his family had their second home, spending summers recreating and having their infamous duck hunting events in the winters.

No services are planned at this time.

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