UMES MOURNS THE LOSS OF A HALL-OF-FAMER, CHARLES MAYS, SR
April 15, 2005
PRINCESS ANNE, MD - Inducted into the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982, Charles Mays, Sr. competed for the Hawks as a member of the Track & Field team from 1960 until 1964. While at UMES, which at the time was called Maryland State College, Mayes captured the All-Eastern Track and Field Championship with a jump of 24 feet, 11 inches.
Charles Mays Sr. died Monday at Christ Hospital in Jersey City following a sudden illness. He was 64. In 1968, Mays won the National AAU Broad Jumping Championship and following his championship he was chosen to compete in the 1968 Olympics on the U.S. Broad-Jump Team. A standout sprinter and jumper, he set world records - since broken - in the long jump and 300-meter dash.
"We were very saddened to hear the news of Charlie's passing. Not only was he a great athlete and alumnus, but while at UMES he was a tremendous scholar and campus leader," said Athletic Director Nelson Townsend. "We will miss him very much. The world has lost a great athlete, teacher and friend."
Mays barely missed qualifying for the 1964 Olympics, but competed in Mexico City in 1968. In 1964 Mayes graduated with a degree in Mathematics from Maryland State University. Following his graduation he was a recipient of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Award in 1979.
Mays also served two terms, from 1978 to 1982, as the assemblyman for the 31st District. He was actively involved in community service as a coach at the Grand Street Boys Club, New York City, which sponsored track and field teams for youths. He also worked briefly with Operation Step Up in planning sports activities, and was president of the Black Athletes Hall of Fame, now defunct.
Mays is survived by his wife, Sharen Mays; two sons, Charles Jr. and Eric Amador; two daughters, Monica Cohn and Devon Thomas; four grandchildren, Gavin, Jordan and Trey Cohn and Eric Thomas Jr.; three brothers, Timothy Mays, Rafeek Ahmed and the Rev. Henry Mays; two sisters, Berwyn Mays and Gyrine Hallenbeck; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Mt. Dinai Full Gospel Church, 27-53 Prescott Street, Jersey City, New Jersey. Viewing will take place Friday April 15, 2005 from 2-4 p.m. and then again 7- 9 p.m. The funeral will begin at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday April 16, 2005. He will be buried at Bayview Cemetery. For more information contact Mt. Sinai Full Gospel Church at (201) 434-6025.