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Elsie Gray Mays
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Obituary for Elsie Gray Mays

Elsie Gray Staples Mays, 98, of Amherst, passed away Friday, August 17, 2018 in Fairmont Crossing.

Born, October 19, 1919 in Amherst County, Mrs. Mays was the daughter of the late James William and Lillie Aldine Bryant Staples. She graduated from Amherst County High School and Lynchburg General Hospital School of Nursing, becoming a Registered Nurse in 1943. She ultimately retired from Amherst Pharmacy after 31 years.

Mrs. Mays loved the Lord and her family. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and friend to many whom she loved and who loved her dearly. She also enjoyed cooking and gardening and was a faithful member of Blue Ridge Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll L. Mays, Sr., one sister, Irene Burley and five brothers: Herbert Staples, Carroll Staples, Elton Staples, Calvin Staples and Earl Staples; and two sons-in-law: Beverly Stinnett and Carroll “Buddy” Martin.

She is survived by two daughters: Patricia M. “Pat” Stinnett and Nancy M. Martin; and one son, Carroll L. Mays, Jr. and wife, June, all of Amherst, ; seven grandchildren: Keith Martin (Stacey), Jeff Martin (Michele), Sandy Dalton (Ron), Karen Fitzgerald (Cary), Jason Stinnett (Carrie), Travis Mays (Dana), and Christal Viar;; and 18 great-grandchildren: Caroline, Joshua, Katelyn, Skylar, Spencer, Sawyer, Kara, Carter, Karlyn, Molly, Emma, Dalanie, Gabrielle, Alexzandra, Isabella, Tristen, Mason and Bryce.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Driskill Funeral Chapel, Amherst with Rev. Allan Monfils officiating. Interment will follow in Amherst Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Monday at the funeral home and other times at the residence f her daughter Pat Stinnett, 611 Fletchers Level Road, Amherst.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Fairmont Crossing and Centra Hospice for the loving care they gave our mother each day. God bless each of you.

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Baptist Church, P.O. Box 863, Amherst, VA 24521

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Norris Funeral Services & Crematory - Driskill Chapel

201 Grandview Drive
P.O. Box 665
Amherst, Virginia 24521





11:00 AM
Norris Funeral Services & Crematory - Driskill Chapel

201 Grandview Drive
P.O. Box 665
Amherst, Virginia 24521

Cemetery Details


Amherst Cemetery

Grandview Drive
Amherst, VA 24521

Memorial Contribution

Blue Ridge Baptist Church

205 Blue Ridge Lane
P.O. Box 863
Amherst, VA 24521

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