Sam Arthur May
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Sam Arthur May went home to be with the Lord on May 27, 2012, at his ranch in Kenedy, Texas, doing what he loved, tending his land and cattle. Born to Sam Arthur May and Cynthia Lois Harl May on September 22, 1932, Sam was raised in Kenedy. He earned a football scholarship to Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas, and completed his studies at Texas A&I in Kingsville. He met life-Long friends and colleagues at both institutions and especially enjoyed alumni reunions and gatherings. While at Texas A&I, Sam met the love of his life, Bobbie Lou McDowell, and they enjoyed a blessed marriage of nearly 57 years. After serving his country in Korea in the Army Medical Corps, Sam and Bobbie made their home in Sinton, Texas, where he began a life-long career in the field of education as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. He loved the Sinton Pirates! He served on numerous educational, church and community committees and boards, including the University Interscholastic League and chairman of the board for the Region 2 Education Service Center.

Sam, "Bubba” as he was affectionately known to family and friends, enjoyed sports, Kenedy dove hunts, good food, especially dessert and coffee, country western music, 4th of July barbecues, New Year’s Eve celebrations and the annual Coxes Creek Christmas oyster/fish fry. In a lifetime full of accomplishments, Bubba was most proud of his family.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie; sisters, Mary Alice May (Paul) and Cynthia May; sister-in-law, Bertha Dell McDowell; cousins, Carollyn Geldart and Barbara Welder; children, Samye May (Todd), John May (Sharon), Charlotte May Walker (Ashley), and Mac May (Nelda); grandchildren, Emilee May (Ray), Trevor Walker (Aubrey), MiMi May, Sam Walker (Meredith), Jackson May, Steele Walker and Summer May; and three great-grandchildren, Rylen, Jayden, and Torren. Bubba also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and long-time friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Sinton First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice. In addition, please honor Bubba’s memory by supporting your local public school!

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Sinton High School Auditorium with Rev.Patricia Newcomer and Rev. Buck Ritchea officiating.

Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home, Sinton, Texas
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