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Wendell "Wimp" Gates Mayes

Wendell "Wimp" Gates Mayes, 80, of Rochester, Kentucky passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville, Kentucky.  

Wendell was born May 8, 1933 in Butler County, Kentucky to the late Bilson and Ellie Gates Mayes and was the husband of the late Mavis Imogene Jenkins Mayes. He was a Korean War Army veteran, retired from TVA, attended Rochester Baptist Church, and was an avid UK fan. Mayes was preceded in death by two brothers - Clifford and Tom Mayes.

Wendell "Wimp" Gates Mayes is survived by two daughters, Joan Payne (husband Jerry) and Gail Vanderver, both of Huntsville, KY.; two grandsons, Brent Clark of Huntsville, KY and Bruce Vanderver of Nashville, TN; granddaughter Kim McGeehee; sister Thelma Miller of Beechmont, KY.; four great-grandchildren, Brevon, Preston, Kaylee and Josh; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the Jones Funeral Chapel on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Bro. Roger Heltsley, Bro. Bobby Allen and Bro. Darrell Sisk officiating. Burial will be in the  Rochester Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral.  The funeral service is at 11:00 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel. 

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