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March 04, 2024

Willis “Fuzz” Mayes, Sr.

Willis “Fuzz” Mayes, Sr.

Willis “Fuzz” Mayes, Sr., 78, of Linney Mountain Road, Taylorsville, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Mr. Mayes was born February 7, 1939, in Alexander County, the son of the late Charles Rodney Millsaps and Nellie Mildred Mayes.

He had worked for Comm-Scope for 19 years before retiring. He was a member of New Zion Baptist Church and was a member of the Mason’s. He enjoyed watching NASCAR races.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Grace Flowers Mayes.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Barbara Wasson Mayes; four daughters, Clarissa El and husband Seth of Charlotte, Theresa Mayes, Ingrid Smith and husband Marvin, all of Taylorsville, and Zenobia Gaines and husband Chris of Lenoir; a son, Willis Mayes, Jr. and wife Tonya of Taylorsville; three step-children, Angela Barker of Charlotte, Reginald Barker and wife Christi of Hickory, and Craig Barker and wife Sukari of Taylorsville; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Summa Watts of Taylorsville; a brother, Jerry Mayes and wife Clara of Taylorsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The home-going service will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at New Zion Baptist Church. Rev. Frank R. Butler, Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, Hwy 90 East, Taylorsville. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service. The body will lie-in-state from 5-8 p.m., Monday, March 20, 2017 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel.

Pallbearers include: his grandsons and nephews.

Flower bearers include: his granddaughters, nieces, and friends.

Memorials may be made to: National Kidney Association, 85 Astor Avenue, Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062.

Condolences may be sent to:

Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be serving the Mayes Family.


  1. Clara (Tam) Flowers Phillips on March 18, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Hello to the William Mayes Sr. Family. I’m so very sorry to hear about your loss. May the grace of Yah keep and encourage you now and in the future.

  2. Jo Ann Dula Brown on March 20, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    It is with a sincere heart that I offer condolences to Barbara and the family of Willis Mayes, Sr.. The wonderful memories you share with always be with you in the places you go, in the things you do and more importantly in your heart. May the peace and love of God bring comfort and strength in your loss.

  3. Joe Linney on March 22, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Although no words can take away the sorrow that you bare. May it be comforting to you to know that others care.”

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