He was born Jan. 31, 1918 in Dayton, KY, the son of Hugh Dedimore May and Florence Kleinbeck May Clark.
He graduated from Highlands High School, Ft. Thomas, KY in 1936 as valedictorian of his class. He served as Major in the United States Army during World War II . Before and following the war, John was a professional drummer with the Barney Rapp New Englanders Orchestra and the Russ Morgan Orchestra.
He attended Abilene Christian College, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Florida Christian College and Kent State University. He had a M.A. degree in Business Education from University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. in Mathematics from Case Western Reserve University. He was a high school teacher in Pittsburgh, PA, Spencerville, OH, and L&M High School in Lyons. He was pastor of the Church of Christ in Linton, during the 1960s and author of "Am I Not Free?", a Bible commentary. He was ordained as a Church of Christ evangelist and preached for much of his life.
He married Catherine Pratte April 17, 1946. He is survived by John (Joan) May, Louisville, KY; James (Sue) May, Louisville, KY; Susan Blunck, Columbus, IN; Scott May,(Terre Haute); Guy May (Terre Haute); Mark May (Terre Haute); and Dean (Tammy) May; 29 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, six nephews and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife (1991), sons Hugh May and Jay May, daughter Marcia Meier; a brother, William C. May, and sister Barbara Lodwick.
Visitation will be Friday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Harvest Prayer Ministries, 619 Washington Ave, in Terre Haute with a memorial service at 7 p.m.