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Lula Mae May


Sunrise: December 28, 1936

Sunset: July 5, 2018

Lula Mae May, 81, of Norfolk, Virginia, peacefully passed from this life into an eternal life in Heaven on Thursday, July 05, 2018 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She was surrounded with prayers and love by her three beloved children. Lula was born in Americus Georgia on December 28, 1936 to the late Jack and Johnnie Mae Cooke. She received her education in public schools of Sumter County and A.S. Staley High School. While in high school, she met the love of her life, Charlie T. May Sr., and in 1957, they joined together in holy matrimony. While her husband served in the Navy, they moved to various locations, but decided to make Norfolk, Virginia their home. They were married for 46 years until Charlie T. May, Sr. transitioned to Heaven. Their union brought forth three beautiful children, Charles Jr., Timothy and Christal.

Lula was also a devoted member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church for many years where she remained faithfully as a servant of Christ. She loved to help and serve others, and made a career joyfully working at Norfolk General Hospital as a Nurse Care Partner(Practitioner) and retired after 30 years of service. Lula was a dedicated woman to her family and friends. She loved to host family gatherings and kept an open, welcoming door to all of her loved ones. As the Matriarch of the family, her home served as the “Headquarters” for family/friends and everyone knew a visit to Norfolk would not be complete without a stopover to her home first!

Lula is survived by her three children- Charles Jr. (Tamara), Timothy (Romonsa), and Christal, grandchildren- Verdonda May Walker, Adrena May, Ariel McDaniel, Joshua May, Michael Holliman Jr., Ashlee May and Timothy May Jr; one great grandson, Gavin Walker; sisters- Carrie (Charles Randell), Shirlene (Franky Lane), Barbara (Glenn Otis), sisters in law- Marva Cooke, Florence Cooke, and Wilma Cooke; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was also blessed to have a large contingent of family on the May, Cottle, Jackson, and Motley side who held a special place for her in their hearts. Lula is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cooke, two sisters- Annie Maude Cooke and Josie Mae Simpson; five brothers- Samuel, Alonza, Eddie, Charles and Oscar Cooke. She will be truly missed.

Viewing Friday, July 13, 2018 3:00pm-8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Avenue Receiving Friends Friday, July 13, 2018 5:00pm-7:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Service Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:00am Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church 1141 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens Norfolk, VA

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    David Rawls says

    God has truly called one of his angels home. Mrs. May was like a mother to me in so many ways. Her door was always open, her spirit encouraged me through the darkest of times. Rest in peace and you will be missed.

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    Keejafee O Outlaw says

    Prayers to The May Family!! Mrs. May will truly be Missed especially coming in M.L.B.C with her beautiful smile and arms out to give you a hug!! Continued Prayers!! Sis Keejafee Outlaw

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    Cathy Hubbard Johnson says

    To the Family of Mrs. Lula May:
    My mother (Catherine Hubbard) and I (Cathy Johnson) send our deepest condolences. We pause in humble submission to the perfect will of our Heavenly Father. Mrs. May & my mom were friends, church members, & prayer partners. We will miss her presence on Earth, but we look forward to reuniting with her in God’s Kingdom! Sending forth love and prayers!❤️🙏🏾🌷

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    Mrs. Annie M. Cook-Perry says

    Remembering our 50 years. Will always love you. Thanks for being the sweetest sister-in -law & Auntie to Edmund & Andrea ever. All my love Annie Maude Cook-Perry. Rest in Peace Lula, Anne

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    Sheila Hill-Moore says

    To the May Family:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, know that Ms. Lula will be missed, gone but never forgotten rest in peace my sweet angel
    I will miss your presence and your kindness. Chuck, Tim ,Crystal and Family thinking of you always. Sheila

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    Jeff Stringfield and family says

    To the May Family:
    As a life-time friend of the May children, I always felt Ms. May’s welcoming spirit through her smile, kind words, and good food whenever I came into their home. She truly epitomized the African Proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” . She will be missed, RIP.

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    Derrick and Renee King / Greg and Ruthie King and Family says

    “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.” God awaits you with open arms, along with many of our family members that have gone on before you. We love you and you will truly be missed, “yes indeed-y” as one of your favorite sayings. Even though we may not be in attendance of your Home-Going Celebration, know that our hearts and deepest sympathy will be with the family always.
    Rest in Peace Aunt Luna!

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      Derrick and Renee King / Greg and Ruthie King and Family says

      “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.” God awaits you with open arms, along with many of our family members that have gone on before you. We love you and you will truly be missed, “yes indeed-y” as one of your favorite sayings. Even though we may not be in attendance of your Home-Going Celebration, know that our hearts and deepest sympathy will be with the family always.
      Rest in Peace Aunt Lula!

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    Thaddeus Collins and Family says

    To Chuck, Tiger, and Christal, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of the loss of your dearly be
    loved Mother. Our families were friends for a lifetime through the navy.

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