Dr Steven Welch Mays | Obituary


Dr. Steven Welch Mays, 63, of Hendersonville, TN, passed away suddenly at his home on December 4, 2020. Dr. Mays was born on January 6, 1957. He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Nan Keller Mays. ; his two sons, Steven Keller Mays (Staci Mays) and Charles Rainer Mays (Ariel Mays); his granddaughter, Jesse Keller Mays; his mother, Genease Bobbitt Huff; sister, Denise Conwell (Bill Conwell); nephew, Brockton Conwell; her stepmother, Betty Bouler Keller and her sister-in-law, Cynthia Haugen (Robert Haugen). He is predeceased by his father, Jack Mays.

Steve was born in Paris, Tennessee and raised in Martin, Tennessee, where he was a three sports letterer at Westview High School. He graduated cumme laude from the University of Tennessee Martin and with highest honors from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry. He completed his dental residency while serving in the US Air Force. In 1986, the Mays moved to central Tennessee, where Steve joined the dental practice of Dr. James Patterson. The two had great camaraderie and great respect for each other. When Dr Patterson retired, the practice became Mays Dentistry. Dr Mays leaves behind a dedicated team, many of whom have worked with him for over 30 years.

He was a member of the Gallatin Noon Rotary Club. Steve served on the Salvus board of directors. Steve and his family are members of Hendersonville First Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School. Previously, the Mays were long-time members of Gallatin First Baptist Church, where Steve was the deacon president. The Mays cherish close family friends in Gallatin and Hendersonville, in both congregations, and at Pope John Paul II High School where the two sons graduated.

Steve was an avid cyclist, whose last road trip to Tellico Plains involved over 100 miles. A longtime golfer, he played regularly with friends at Tennessee Grasslands. Along with groups of close friends, he also took advantage of weekly Friday night movie nights and the Chip and Dip Club, of which he proclaimed himself a founding member. For the past few months, he has enjoyed relaxing with Nan on his new porch. The mark of Steve’s life was his unwavering relationship with Jesus. He was a joyful and humble person whose presence will be missed by all who knew him. He was a loyal friend who sought to care for others with kindness, a man who loved his family with all his heart. To God be the glory.

The funeral was held at the First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, chaired by Pastor Jess Rainer. The service took place at 12:00 PM on Monday December 7, 2020 at 106 Bluegrass Commons Boulevard Hendersonville, TN 37075. There were no visits before or after the service. Honorary bearers were Dr James Brannen, Brockton Conwell, Dr Anthony Dallas, Mark Deffendall, Jeff Hulsey, Dave Krebs and David London.

1 Peter 3:22 Jesus Christ “ascended into heaven, and is at the right hand of God, with angels and authorities and powers subject to him.

Psalm 27: 4 “One thing that I ask the Lord is what I seek: it is to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to contemplate the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. “

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church Hendersonville Children’s Department, 106 Bluegrass Commons Boulevard, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be submitted to alexandergallatin.com. (615) 502-0011 Obit Line (615) 502-0555

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