June 14, 1923—Jan. 14, 2016 Erich May was born June 14, 1923, in Regensburg, Germany, the youngest of three children born to Julius and Margaret May. In 1932 the family left Germany for Palestine and settled in Tel Aviv. As a teenager he apprenticed as a butcher and completed high school in Palestine now Israel. He joined Irgun, the underground movement working to create a Jewish homeland where he participated in helping WWII survivors enter Israel. He moved to New York in early 1948 and was drafted into the U.S. Army. After basic training, he was sent to the language school in Carmel, CA, and later assigned to Army intelligence. After completing his service, he returned to New Jersey and worked in the retail industry as a store manager in the fabric industry. He later moved the family to Cookeville, TN, where he made a living in retail sales in the food business and later in real estate. The family moved to Fairfield Glade in its early phase of development. The family later started the Log House Gift and craft shop on Peavine Rd. which they operated for 20 years. Erich was married to Jennie Brown of Sparta, TN, in May 12, 1951 and had been married 62 years when Jennie passed away in 2014. Together they had three children who they raised in Pennsylvania. They were members of the United Methodist Church since 1986. They liked to square dance and Erich enjoyed bowling. After they retired, they liked to travel with their many friends in Fairfield. When Jennie passed, Erich again started bowling and going to the gym keeping in good health even after being diagnosed with lung cancer in the spring of 2015. Erich May was 92 years young. He is survived by his two sons, Greg and Jeff, both of Fairfield Glade; daughter, Annette Franco of California; and three grandchildren, Heather McLellan of Knoxville and Lauren and Jack Franco of California. Funeral services will be held at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jay Archer officiating. Interment will be in Black Oak Cemetery in Sparta. The family will receive friends prior to the service from noon to 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church fund. Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  January 19, 2016