Kenneth Mayes, age 86, of Shelbina, MO, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2011, at the Salt River Community Care in Shelbina, MO.
He was born on May 21, 1925, in Monroe County, MO, the son of Elmer Claude and Julia Alice Megaffin Mayes. On October 24, 1946, he was united in marriage to Darlene Goodnight in Chula Vista, California. She survives.
Kenneth is also survived by four children, Kenneth Lee Mayes and wife Jo of Edina, MO, Donald Joe Mayes and wife Cheryl of Edina, MO, Julia Dee Ridge and husband Ron of Hartselle, Alabama and Bill Mayes and wife Susan of Shelbina, MO; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Jo Robinson and Anthony Clayton Mayes of Kansas City, MO, Jill Mayes Arnold of Hannibal, Jeffrey Donald Mayes of Ewing, MO, Kristen Nicole Marquette and Kirby Lee Ridge of Hartselle, AL and Erin and Ryan Mayes of Lentner; eleven great-grandchildren and one brother, Keith Mayes of Shelbina, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers A. C. Mayes and infant Harold Lee Mayes and two sisters, Mildred Mayes and infant Phyllis Ruth Mayes.
Kenneth was a graduate of Shelbina High School and a member of the Shelbina Christian Church. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was a banker in the community for several years, serving at the Madison and Hunnewell Banks. He was a member of the Shelbina American Legion and the Masonic Lodge. He was the largest Tunis Sheep Breeder in the United States, serving on the board of the Tunis Sheep Registry and helping start the World Sheep Fest. He was honored with the Shelbina Farmers Day Award. Kenneth loved South Shelby Sports, especially watching his grandchildren participate and loved hunting and dancing.
Funeral services were at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at the Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina, MO. Visitation was Monday, October 10, 2011, at the Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina, MO. The Minister was Jim Bilbro. The Cemetery was Shelbina Cemetery. Military Service was conducted by the Shelbina American Legion Post 376. Memorials are being made to Neighbors Helping Neighbors.Online condolences may be made to: greeningeaganhayes.com.