Gloria Jane “Kitty” Mays was born April 21, 1945 to Robert & Mozella Mays, in Dade City, FL. She attended Pasco County school and graduated in 1963 from Mickens High School. Gloria’s roots were in Lacoochee, but she left her imprints as a long-time resident of Dade City. She loved the Lord. She was baptized at an early age and became a member of Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church of Lacoochee under the Pastorship of Reverend John Rembert and grew spiritually under Reverend Louis Waddell’s tutelage. She transferred her membership in 1989 to St. John Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Harold Thomas. Gloria was employed with Pasco County in several community service positions. She retired as a Civil Deputy in 2001. She was co-owner to “Big Mama’s Barbeque” in the 80’s, where her mother and niece help prepare good ole home-made desserts from scratch. Gloria had a great love and admiration for her family, church family, and was well known in her community. She really loved to sing. Her songs of praise, “A Charge to Keep I Have, He’s a Battle Axe” and ”I’m Going to do All that I Can Until I Can’t do no More”. On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, Gloria answered the call to be with her Heavenly Father. She transitioned peacefully in her sleep in her home with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert & Mozella Mays; her only sister, Johnnie Mae Starks; her niece, whom she looked to as a big sister, Joanna Williams; and her only nephew, Jerome Lawson, Jr. Those left with her legacy and treasured memories: her beloved and devoted daughters, M. LaShaun (Malcom) Finkley, Dade City, FL, Kimberly N. Mays (special friend - Bobby), and Stacy D. Mays, Tampa, F; her adorable grandchildren, Robert Mays, Amanda Finkley, Emani Mays, Neil Welcome and Emiah Morris; great grandchildren, Kerricco Mays and Karina Townsend; her great-nieces, Debra “Debbie” Bullard, Atlanta, GA and Barbara (Derald) Bryant, Triangle, VA; great-nephews, Albert Tony Williams, Fredericksburg, VA and Raleigh Milton (Fiancée` India), Wesley Chapel, FL; three god-sons, Lorenzo “Tiger” Craig, Saint Thomas, PA, Reverend Eugene Brown whom she fondly called her son & Mykh’ael Chavis, Dade City, FL; her god-brother, Albert Harpe, Trilby FL; she had a few cousins that were special to her: Josephine Anderson who she fondly called “Aunt Jo”, Miami, FL, Mary Sampson, Lacoochee, Fl, Arthur Lee Williams, Miami, Fl, William Mays Jr, Oviedo, FL, Anthony Mays, Oviedo, FL, and Frankie Stewart, Miami, FL; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Her best friend for over 50 years, Mrs. Eunice Penix, Dade City, FL.
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