Thomas E. May Biography
Thomas E. May was born in Camden, New Jersey, raised in Cherry Hill, NJ and was educated in the Cherry Hill School System, where he excelled in athletics. His athletic ability awarded him an athletic scholarship to Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. He graduated from college in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He then attended American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, from which he graduated in 1969.
Thomas met and fell in love with a beautiful young lady named Hazel W. Williams and they were joined in Holy Matrimony in 1969. Also in that year he enlisted in US Army and served as the Operations Officer for Mortuary in Europe where he was stationed in Germany in the early years of their marriage and returned to New Jersey to start their family. From their union, God blessed them with five children, who continue to be the delight of their lives.
Mr. May owns and operates the May Funeral Home in Camden, NJ, Pennsauken, NJ, Vineland, NJ and Willingboro, NJ, Sicklerville, NJ and Philadelphia, PA. Mr. May started May Funeral Home with his wife Hazel, he is a first generation funeral director. May Funeral Home, Inc. is a family owned and operated business. His wife Hazel and three of his five children, Tyrone May, Sr., Tina May and Toni May-Jervey are in the business with him.
He has served as Investigator for the Camden County Medical Examiner’s Office and is
currently a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, National Funeral Directors Association, New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association and the Garden State Funeral Directors Association.
He has served the Tabernacle of Faith Church, Inc. COGIC faithfully for over 35 years. He has held numerous positions thru the years such as Praise and Worship Leader, Church Administrator, 2nd Assistant Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and Trustee Board Member. Pastor Thomas has been a member of the South Jersey Jurisdiction of the COGIC since its inception. He served faithfully under the leadership of Bishop C. Guidry as the Expeditor, after the passing of Bishop Guidry he served under Bishop H. Moses until his passing. Pastor May also serves as the Treasurer of the International Council of Pastors and Pastors of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and is on their Executive Board. In October of 2015, he was installed the Pastor of the Tabernacle of Faith, Inc. COGIC in Camden, NJ.
In following the scripture, to whom much is given, much is required, Hazel and Thomas regularly participate in philanthropic endeavors to various organizations and churches in Camden and the surrounding areas. They also fund scholarships given through San Juan Baptista, Lindenwold High School, Refreshing Springs COGIC in Laurel, Maryland and Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold, NJ to name a few. In 2009, they pledged a lifetime gift of $10,000 a year to Rowan University to assist underprivileged students. They also sponsor an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.
Mr. May is the proud father of five children, Tyrone May, Sr., Tonya Avent (Kenneth), Terri Levy (Willie), Tina May and Toni May-Jervey (Tyrone) - grandfather of ten: Jasmyne, Tyrone, Jr, Tiffany, Kennedi, William, Tarralyn, Kassadi ,Whitney, Tyler and Taylor, and great grandfather of Jalen and Julian.