Bobby May

Obituary of Bobby Ray May

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Bobby Ray May, age 63 of Zionville, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at his residence.

He was also a native and lifelong resident of Watauga County. Bobby enjoyed riding motorcycles and painting cars in his early teens to twenties until he eventually had health issues, so he finally stopped in his late twenties and retired.


He was a good husband, father, grandfather, brother and son.


He was preceded in death by a brother Richard Brown; father-in-law Fred Arnette, whom had passed in January 27, 2017; nephew, Eric Danner.


He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy Arnette May; one son, Scottie May; his mother, Beulah May Brown; two grandchildren, Dasia and Tyler May; three brothers, Avery Brown, Gary Brown and Kenneth Brown.

He was cared for also by his mother-in-law Virginia Arnette, and brother-in-law Steven Arnette, as well as his other family and friends such as Betty Presnell, Dennis Presnell, Tim Cook, Gene Brown, Tammy Danner, Justin Danner, and James Joseph.

He did enjoy seeing his special granddaughter's pets such as her cat Moka, and her pet snakes Coco, Roxy, Sneako, Maple and Aspen.


Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at the family's home.


Online condolences may be shared with the May family at the website


Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the May family.

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