By: Marion Edwyn Harrison, Esq.
November 19, 2012
Sybil Chapman May was born April 18, 1914, to George Washington Chapman and Pricy Blackburn Chapman at Chapman Hollow, Canada, Ky., in Pike County. Sybil was a lifelong resident of Canada, Ky.
She was the twelfth of 14 children. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Thomas, Owens “Snake,” Floyd, Ben and Cecil; sisters, Minnie, Sarah, Mary, Emmie, Clemmie, Chole and Evelyn.
Sybil was married to William Isom “Bill” May who preceded her in death. She was the mother of daughter, Evelyn Joyce May Sesco of Canada, Ky., who preceded her to Heaven and Carlos Ray (Juanita) May of Brunson, S.C. who survives and was a “mother figure” to dozens and dozens of youngsters, family or no, who grew up under her tender watch and care.
Sybil was a grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She is survived by 9 grandchildren; Sheila Sesco Collins of Canada, Ky., David (Monica) Sesco of Lacrosse, Fla., Joseph (Daphne) Sesco of McIntosh, Fla., Cibil Sesco (Mark O’Hearn) of Plainville, Ga.; Madea May Coleman (Dwayne) of Canada, Ky., Stephan May of Muskegon, Mich., Brad May of Myrtle Beach, S.C., James May of Clover, S.C. and Tina May Harter of Brunson, S.C.
She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Kenneth Chester Sesco of Canada, Ky. and Shannon Marie May of Ocala, FL and granddaughter-in-law, Susan Spiker Sesco. She also counted herself as the grandmother of Jackie Collins of Hickory, NC and Mary Elaine Tolson of Sidney, Ky, Shane Reaves of Calhoun, GA and Byron and Anne Durham of Huntington, WV.
She has 21 great-grandchildren; Willy (Wanda) Collins and Jeremy Collins of Canada, Ky., Chet (Kirstyn) Sesco of Mariposa, CA, Lucas Sesco of Gainesville, FL, Savannah Sesco of Lacrosse, FL, Audra Ann Sesco of McIntosh, FL, Broc May of Canada, Ky., Kenneth Reaves of Plainville, GA, Cory Coleman of Pikeville, KY, Chris Coleman of Canada, KY, Wesley May and T. J. May of Hampton, SC, Stephan May II and Brandon May, Raquel, Lizz and Angelique Santos all of Santos, Muskegon, MI, Tavis May of Clover, SC and Austin, Madison and Colin Harter all of Brunson, SC. Great-grandchildren, Brittany, Derek, Summer, Evie, Nicholas, Selina, Gabriel, James, Deja, Sybil, Lakota, London, Brennan and Roland.
Services and visitation for Sybil will be held Monday, November 19. Family viewing at 5 p.m. and regular visitation beginning at 6 p.m. The funeral will be Tuesday, November 20, at 1 p.m. at R. E. Rogers Funeral Home, Belfry, Ky., with the Rev. Buddy Kendrick officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapman Cemetery, Canada, Ky. with pallbearers, David Sesco, Joseph Sesco, Dwayne Coleman, Corey Coleman, Broc May, Chris Coleman, Willy Collins, Jeremy Collins, Elaine Tolson and Jeff Hatfield. Sybil was a blessing on all of our lives and truly the best person that any of us ever knew or ever will know.
R. E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.rerogersfuneralhome.com.