Lois Vivian Barefoot Mays died September 6, 2021 at her home in Folkston. A native of Savannah, Georgia, she was the daughter of William Lonnie ("Foots") Barefoot and Helen DeLoach Barefoot, and was the widow of Richard Pope ("Dick") Mays. She was predeceased by her brothers, William Lonnie Barefoot, Jr. and Chub I. Barefoot, and her sisters June B. Goodall, Faye B. Gibson, and Inez B. Southwell.
She was a member of Folkston United Methodist Church, and was involved in community concerns including the local Food Bank, the Charlton County Historical Society, and the Charlton County Public Library. She graduated from Charlton County High School in the class of 1946. She was elected and served five terms as Clerk of Charlton County Superior Court. She was especially fond of old people, Charlton County history, cats and dogs, wild flowers, classical music and poetry. She was a member of the Folkston Methodist Church, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society. She was a writer. Her books include "Settlers of the Okefenokee," and "Queen of the Okefenokee." In addition she documented the lives of early Charlton County residents in essays, newspaper articles and internet website writings. She founded the Charlton County Historical Society, and many of her articles and essays are on their website, CharltonCountyHistoricalSociety.org.
She is survived by one son, Richard Howard ("Rick") Mays, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She bequeathed her body to the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, GA.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, September 18 at the Folkston United Methodist Church at 1:00 PM.
Due to Covid-19, the family would like to ask all attendees to please follow the rules of social distancing and face masks are recommended at the service. Also, anyone that does not feel comfortable with attending the service, the family would like you to know they understand and covet your prayers.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home, 526 Oakwood Street, Folkston, Georgia 31537.
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