Vernon Mays

Vernon Mays

Saturday, May 18, 1963 Friday, April 19, 2019

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Obituary for Vernon Antoine Mays

Vernon Antoine Mays , “Gus”, as he was affectionately known by friends and family, departed this life on April 19, 2019.

Vernon was born on May 18, 1963 to Charlie and Clarabelle Mays in Wilmington, Delaware. He attended Shortlidge Public School and graduated from Brandywine High School in 1980. He served in the United States Air Force from 1980 to 1984.

Vernon was employed at Pianes’ Catering, but later found his niche was for baking and enjoyed many years as a baker at Sweets to You by Ginger Bakery in Wilmington, DE. He was widely known for his specialty cakes that brought joy to many occasions. He was a football enthusiast and enjoyed crossword puzzles, word searches and writing poetry. Vernon enjoyed spending time with family and had a special bond with his nephew, Kyron Mays, great-nephew, Ikeem Mays, and the joy of his life, his daughter, Jennifer.

A person of few words, quiet, easy going and loved by everyone he met are but a few characteristics of Vernon. He was willing to help others as much as possible.

Vernon is preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Jacquez Mays.

Vernon leaves fond memories of him with his daughter, Jenifer Onshae Mays-Breyer (Michael Nathan); sisters, Leola M. Coston (Edmond) of Burgaw, NC., Pauline Edwards of Sacramento, CA., Joanne Mays of Wilmington, DE., and Marie Mays, of Wilmington, DE.; brother, Charles H. Mays (Delores) of Hyattsville, MD.; grandson, Joshua Emory Joel Breyer; nieces, Theresa Edwards and Felicia Mays; nephews, Lamar Edwards, Cecil Edwards, Arte Mays, and Kyron Mays; a host of great-nephews, great-nieces, great-great nieces and great-great nephews, loving Godparents, Lewis & Alma Ross of South Carolina; along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 29, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Evan W. Smith Funeral Services (Wilmington)
    201 N. Union Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Monday, April 29, 2019
    9:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Monday, April 29, 2019 | 11:00am
    Evan W. Smith Funeral Services (Wilmington)
    201 N. Union Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Monday, April 29, 2019
  • Interment

    Silverbrook Cemetery
    3300 Lancaster Avenue
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Rev. Tyrone Queen, Pastor & the MSBC Family sent flowers to the family of Vernon Antoine Mays.
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I am truly sorry about your loss it's hard when we lose a loved one. However, I wanted to let you know that we can be comforted by a future hope. Soon there will be no more pain or sorrow. All the former things have passed away. (Rev 21:3,4)
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I’m so sorry for your loss, may the God of all comfort be with your family during this most difficult time Please find comfort from God’s word. (2Thessalonians 2:16, 17) (2Corinthians 1:3, 4) Hosea 13:14. My deepest sympathy go out to the family.
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To the Mays Family
May you find comfort in knowing that your dear love one is safe in the memory of God Almighty, who will remember every detail about about him and bring him back again. John 5:28,29,
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Dear family, I express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear loved one and I know it’s so hard to bear. But know that your heavenly Father understands your pain and He cares. He extends a hope to each and everyone and that hope is that you will see your loved one again. John 5:28, 29; Isaiah 25:8a
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To Vernon's Family, With heartfelt condolences, we are so very sorry for your loss.
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