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Sam Rodney (Rod) Mays was born on March 13, 1937 in Ardmore, OK. His parents were Sam Mays of Duke, OK and Berniece L. Gooding of Yale, OK. Rod died on September 4, 2017 of complications from vascular dementia. He grew up in Oklahoma City, attending elementary school, Taft Junior High and Graduated from Classen High School in 1955. He was married to Patricia Ann Priddy in 1958. They welcomed 2 daughters, Suzanne (Suzy) 1960, and Kelly in 1963. While living in Norman, he graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation he went to work as a civilian employee at Tinker Airforce Base as a Mechanical & Aerospace Engineer. He retired from Tinker in the 1990's. He is survived by Patricia Mays; Daughters Suzy & Kelly; one brother Jay Sidney Mays of Virginia Beach, VA. He also leaves 3 grandchildren, Samantha, Michael and Joeleigh and 2 great grandchildren, Pacy and Abigail.
Rod was precious to all of us and we will miss him greatly. He has donated his body to the OU Health Sciences Center. There will be no funeral service per his wishes.
Published on September 5, 2017
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