James Henry Mayo

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        On Saturday, February 1, 2003, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ called home his son, James Henry Mayo. He was born to Robert and Josephine Smith Mayo on March 4, 1917 in Powhatan County, Virginia, one of nine children.

        At an early age, James joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Powhatan. He attended public school in Powhatan County.

        His entire life was spent living and working in Powhatan County. For a brief period of time he worked for the sawmill in Powhatan and for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), however, he spent the majority of his life providing for his family by doing what he loved most, running his own business as a logger and farner.

        On September 3, 1938 James married Charlotte Jane Hughes of Ballsville, Virginia. To this union three children were born, Laura Evria, James Arthur, and Joseph Harrison.

        His parents and six of his sisters and brothers, Susie Hubbard, Virginia Haskins, Grant Mayo, Sr., Theodore Mayo, Peachie Mayo and Mary Stewart preceded James in death.

        He leaves to cherish memories of a life well lived: his beloved wife, Charlotte J. Mayo; children, Laura Daniels, James Mayo, Jr. and Joseph Mayo; thirteen grandchildren, Charlene Williams, Darien Johnson, Joi Mayo, Shell Daniels, Joseph Mayo, Jr., Todd Mayo, Shane Daniels, Renee Mayo, Shermeka Mayo, Radamee Angelo Mercado, Jaun Mercado, Clay Daniels, and Sabrina Johnson; twenty-four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Hester Thomas of Jamaica, NY and Laura James of Brooklyn, NY; a son-in-law, Curtis Daniels; two daughters-in-law, Audrey and Carolyn Mayo; two sisters-in-law, Blanche Johnson of the Bronx, NY and Margaret Gainey of Richmond, VA; and numerous devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Poem of Comfort

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things
we didn't get to say.
I know how much you loved me,
As much as I loved you,
and each time you think of me
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
and took me by the hand,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.


The family of James H. Mayo wishes to acknowledge with gratitude
and love the expressions of kindness, caring and generosity
extended during our bereavement. A special acknowledgement
to Addie Allen, Annie Jones, Fannie Faggins, Burlean Harris,
Margie keys, Mabel Gilliam, Beatrice Jackson, the Mt.
Zion Baptist Church Family, the Mt. Pero Baptist
Church Family and all Clergy and friends who
joined the family to help care and pray
for James over the past six years of
his convalescence. May God
bless each of you.

reprinted by permission