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In Memory of

Bobbye Jean May

October 24, 1933 - November 22, 2016

Obituary


Bobbye Jean Formby May, age 83, formerly of Tyler and a former member of the West Erwin Church of Christ, departed this life on November 22, 2016 to join her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Paradise.

Bobbye was born in Hope, Arkansas on October 24, 1933 to Clifton and Helen Formby. She spent her first fifteen years living in a small town near Hope, but she did attend and complete her junior and senior years at Hope High School where she was a first team forward on the girl's high school basketball team.

Bobbye Jean Formby May, age 83, formerly of Tyler and a former member of the West Erwin Church of Christ, departed this life on November 22, 2016 to join her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Paradise.

Bobbye was born in Hope, Arkansas on October 24, 1933 to Clifton and Helen Formby. She spent her first fifteen years living in a small town near Hope, but she did attend and complete her junior and senior years at Hope High School where she was a first team forward on the girl's high school basketball team.

1951 was filled with three major events in her life. First, she graduated from high school; second, she was crowned "Princess Hempstead County" in a county wide beauty contest. Third, she married the love of her life, Glen May, who had returned to Hope after spending 3 years in the U.S. Air Force.

After marriage, she and Glen moved to Austin for Glen to begin his 38 year career in food sales and where their son, Kevin was born. As Glen was promoted to a sales supervisor and then to sales manager, they were moved to Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and back to Dallas.

Bobbye accepted her role as a homemaker and was filled with joy and great pride to see Kevin become a member of the Church and achieve his goal to become a Board Certified Doctor of Internal Medicine.

Glen retired at the end of 1990 as the Dallas/Ft. Worth area Sales Manager for Lipton Tea Products and she and Glen formed their own Marketing and Service Co. operating in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Bobbye was the owner and Glen was the president. During their business years, her company was a member of a travel program offered by one of her large accounts. They would travel to great locations for "ten" days each year. The locations were Italy, Rio de Janeiro, Carnival Cruise, England, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, and Austria. Bobbye closed her company at the end of 1997 and they moved to Tyler to fully retire.

Bobbye was preceded in death by her father, mother and her 2 brothers.

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Glen May of Longview; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Kevin May and Shelley of Longview; 2 grandchildren and their spouses: Ryan and Yue Edwards of New York City, New York; Kara and Joshua Kerkhof of Flower Mound; 2 great-grandchildren: Aiden and June Kerkhof; a number of cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to all members and staff of Hearts/Way In-Home Hospice for their wonderful care.

Visitation is scheduled for Friday, November 25 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler. A Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 26 at Cathedral In The Pines Cemetery, Tyler.