Holly Springs Funeral Home

James R Mayer

James Robert Mayer, 91, passed away, surrounded by his loved ones, at the State Veterans' Home in Oxford on April 12, 2023. He was born in Memphis, on April 19, 1931, to Jim Mayer and Erma Weatherly Mayer.  Mr Mayer was a United States Air Force veteran and was a retired supervisor with the Illinois Central Railroad.  

Admired by all who knew him, Mr Mayer had an unwavering faith, and his priorities in life were his devotion to God and his devotion to his family.  He was a member of Red Banks Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School for over fifty years and had been a Deacon of the church since 1966.  In raising his children, he firmly believed that church should be, and was, the center of their focus while growing up.  Mr Mayer enjoyed hunting and fishing with his children, and often said, "that keeping children in church or in the woods would teach them to stay away from trouble".  Often, he would work hard every day and then come home to hunt and fish with his children.  He also enjoyed his involvement with his grandchildren and their activities.  He was married to the love of his life, Mary Lynn McAlexander Mayer, for sixty-nine years and two days.  

Mr Mayer is survived by sons Jimmy Mayer (Margie) of Red Banks, Ricky Mayer (Teresa) of Olive Branch, and Robby Mayer (Claudette) of Holly Springs, and two daughters, Sherry Combs (Dwayne) of Water Valley, and Linda Anderson (David) of Mt Pleasant.  He also leaves ten grandchildren, Michael Cook, Michelle Lax, Stephanie Williams, Brandi Bearden, Brad Mayer, Beth Rose, Krissie Hampton, CIndy Toler, Bobby Anderson, and Scott Anderson, and twenty-five great grandchildren. Mr Mayer was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lynn Mayer, a brother, Benny Mayer, and a sister Ruth Gurley.

Services for Mr Mayer will be held at Red Banks Baptist Church on Friday, April 14, 2023, at 2:00 pm.  A visitation for family and friends will begin at 1:00, and continue until service time.  Burial will be in Red Banks Baptist Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Red Banks Cemetery Association.

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