Caroline Bailey Brinson May passed away at her daughter’s home in Quincy, Florida, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Carolyn was born December 7, 1918, to Dr. John Bradford Brinson and Martha Bailey Brinson at their home in Monticello. She was a fifth generation Floridian and descendant of some of Florida’s earliest settlers, including John Branch, Florida’s last territorial governor.
She graduated from Jefferson County High School in 1936 and Florida State College for Women. She taught for a short time in the elementary schools of Jefferson and Gadsden Counties.
She married Fountain Howard May, on March 18, 1944. From this union of 63 years she had three children, Fountain Howard May Jr., Martha Brinson May Sapp and John Bradford May.
She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, Quincy, Florida. She taught Bible in the public schools of Gadsden County for 20 years and for 35 years at Robert F. Munroe Day School where she was loved and fondly called “MaMay” by her students. The school auditorium bears her name and her favorite Bible verse, “Be ye kind, one to another, tender hearted, loving, forgiving one another.”
She was a member of the Tallahassee Town Committee of Colonial Dames, Kappa Delta Sorority, the Quincy Garden Club, was a recipient, along with her husband, of the 4-Way Test Award of the Quincy Rotary Club, recipient of the Book of Golden Deeds of the Exchange Club of Quincy, an Honorary Life Member of Women of the First Presbyterian Church, Letter of Recognition from Governor Jeb Bush for her dedication and service to Robert F. Munroe and the Gadsden community, recipient of a Letter of
Appreciation from Congressman Allen Boyd for her passion and commitment to teaching the Bible and High Morals to students in Gadsden County, and recipient of other awards from Gadsden County Public Schools. She was a Girl Scout leader and assisted several members in achieving the Curved Bar.
The Lord was always first in her life followed by her family. The epitome of a true Southern Lady, she lovingly served them dinner every Sunday after church. Her devotion to her children and grandchildren was a blessing of life lessons, a strong faith, and love for one another.
She is survived by: her children, Fountain H. May Jr. (Beth) of Quincy, Martha May Sapp (Bill) of Quincy, John Bradford May (Crystle) of Quincy; her grandchildren, Ashley May (Beth) of Quincy, Richard May (Melissa) of Quincy, Elizabeth May of Quincy, Carolyn Sapp McIntosh (Josh) of Savannah, Hunter Sapp (Lee Anne) of Atlanta, Andrew Sapp, Marcelle May Rhodes (Billy), all of Quincy and John Bradford May, Jr., of Tallahassee; her great grandchildren, Lachlan and Hunter McIntosh, David and Jessie May, Lawre Bradley, and Fountain May, Georgia and Gracie Rhodes, and Anna Gray Sapp; her sister-in-law Joyce Curry Brinson and Beulah Laslie Brinson, both of Monticello, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fountain Howard May, her brothers, Dr. John B. Brinson, Jr. and Edward Bailey Brinson, both of Monticello, her brother-in-law Donald Ferris May and his wife Addie Belle May of Quincy, her sister-in-law Lawson May Curry Griffin and brothers-in-law John Curry and Dr. John Mettauer Griffin, all of Quincy.
Visitation was at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at 2 p.m. with the memorial service following at 3 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Carolyn B May Scholarship Fund at Robert F. Munroe Day School, 91 Mt. Pleasant Road, Quincy Florida 32352 or to Big Bend Hospice. Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, Fl in charge of arrangements.