GREENVILLE, KY., — Reverend Earl Mayes, 73, of Greenville passed away at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital on Thursday, December 12 at 4:35pm of complications with heart disease and septic pneumonia. Born March 8, 1946 in Muhlenberg County, Brother Mayes worked for 50 years with management on the Illinois Central Railroad. But his most important work was off the railroad. Brother Mayes served as a deacon at Olive Grove General Baptist Church in the early 1960s and 70s. On October 12, 1977 Brother Mayes was called to become a minister for the Lord. Following his calling, Brother Mayes then preached at many various churches and was officially licensed April 1, 1978. After being licensed, the Lord then called Brother Mayes to pastor at Trinity General Baptist Church. When Brother Mayes entered ministry at this church, average attendance was about ten people. By the time he left Trinity, this number had grown to over 100 people in attendance. On September 6, 1981 the Lord called Brother Mayes to pastor at Pleasant Union General Baptist Church. During his time there, he was blessed to oversee many more conversions to the Lord. Moreover, Brother Mayes’ work for the Lord was not limited to inside the church walls. Over the years, Brother Mayes went on ten different mission trips to the Honduras and Nicaragua. Brother Mayes was truly a warrior for the Lord and was blessed for all his work throughout the years and was a Kentucky Colonel. After becoming sick with recurring heart disease, he decided to step down from full-time ministry, but Brother Mayes still was called to fill in to preach for services even years later. Earl and Carolyn Mayes were married on July 2, 1964. They shared 55 years as a married couple. Throughout the years, you’d almost never find one without the other. They also cherished their plentiful time together with friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his father Winford Milam Mayes, daughter Tamatha (Tammy) Lee Hall, father and mother-in-law J. Lee and Karlene McIntosh and brother-in-law Roy Marquess.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years Carolyn Lee (McIntosh) Mayes, son Greg Mayes and daughter-in-law Teressa Mayes of Greenville, son Joey Mayes and daughter-in-law Bobbi Mayes of Glasgow, grandchildren Joshua (Joanna) Mayes of Nortonville, Terahyn (Tommy) Greer of Upton, Drew and Clark Hall of Greenville, Laurel Mayes of Glasgow, great grandchildren Jaelyn and Jasmine Mayes of Nortonville, mother Nadine (Mayes) Noffsinger of Greenville, brothers Carl (Judy) Mayes of Madisonville, Wendell (Janet) Mayes of Kansas, sister-in-law Tillie Marquess of Cadiz, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 5pm and the funeral service will be held on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 2pm both at Gary’s Funeral Home in Greenville.
Brother Mayes’ final resting place will be Woodland Cemetery in Greenville. Reverend J. W. Haire will be officiating. He will be assisted by Donald Holloway and Reverend Tony Evitts. The gravesite service will be officiated by Reverend Autry Moore.
We appreciate all expressions of sympathy.
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