Linda Stafford May

Linda Stafford May, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away on Monday September 28, 2020. She was 77 years old and surrounded by her family.
Linda was born November 5, 1942 to Hattie and Lindsay Stafford, she was raised in Whitsett, NC and attended Alamance High School, afterwards she completed 2 years of business school at Kings College. She was also a member of Mt. Hope United Church of Christ.
She began her career in banking in 1962 at Gate City Savings and Loan Association, she worked with the Chairman of the Board and held the office of Secretary for Gate City Savings and Loan until their merger with BB&T. After 38 years of banking service, she retired in March of 2000. Her next career role was helping her husband Larry manage his heavy equipment repair business. She was a pro as organizing parts orders, processing invoices and business development.
Linda was a leader and example of professionalism at work and home. She enjoyed her friendships with her work colleagues that continued many years after they retired. She instilled good work ethics and empowerment to both her daughters as they finished high school and college at NCSU. She taught them the value of independence, a good education and set an excellent example as mother, wife, sister and best friend.
Linda was married for 57 years to Larry, their courtship began as friends and evolved into a union of loving parents and dedicated partners in life. She loved annual family beach trips, holiday gatherings, traveling, shopping, listening to latest music hits and had a heart of gold.
Linda is survived by her husband Larry M. May, two daughters Kimberly Barb, husband Sean and Amy May, husband Terry Alcorn; two grandsons Zachary and Jackson Barb; sisters Pat Branson and Janice Presgraves (Allen); in-laws Martha May, Peggy May, Joy Doby, Gary & Linda P. May and Gene May along with many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to give extra special thanks to her caregivers and friends Metaum (Meme) Blue and Tisha Marshall. Their care for Linda helped keep her strong and vibrant for a long time.
There will be an open graveside service at Mt. Hope United Church of Christ on Thursday October 1, at 2:00 pm. The body will lie in state at Forbis & Dick Pleasant Garden Chapel on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. for those wishing to sign the register and pay their respects.
Donations may be made to the following The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the Parkinson’s Foundation or Authora Care Collective (formerly Hospice).
Forbis and Dick Pleasant Garden Chapel is serving the May family. Online condolences may be offered at www.forbisanddick.com.

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