1899 - 1994 (94 years)
||Sam Henry Merl May |
||16 May 1899
||Bonanza, Abbott Greek, Floyd County, Kentucky
||15 Apr 2003 |
- PAPA MAY
By Jeffery Parker, 1986,
Grandson of Sam Henry Merl May
Papa May was a hard workin' country boy
Who grew up in Appalachia
Back in the days when times were hard
And there were certain things you needed to know
Like how to see a squirrel high up in a tree
a shot gun to bring him down
Or how to track a rabbit in the snow
And twist him right out of the ground.
Papa was born at the turn of the century
In 1899. He was the father of 13 children
He raised them in the hardest time
Jessie Johnson was the pride of his life
In 1918 he made her his wife
13 children, 66 years later Grandma she died
Well, he stayed at her grave side days,
Weeks at a time.
And if you speak about her to this very day
You can see the tear well. up in his eyes.
Well, I'm really proud of old Papa May
think he's a heck of a man
He's 93, he's still goin' strong
And he'll outlive me if he can
You got to get up early and try
Pretty hard to beat old Papa May
Cause he's been down some roads
And walked a few miles
And lived a lot of life in his day
Papa was a hard workin' country boy
He plowed the fields till the sun went down
He would crack his whip that he made himself
At those mules as he would cut down the hay
Ridin' on a cycle or an old hay rake
Leavin' a trail of tobacco juice
All the way.
- [S29] Dianne Dearring Gedcom, Dianne Dearring, (December 27, 2002).
- [S89] The Caudill Family Tree, Samule Everett Caudill, (1986).