Joe Allen Mayes

December 08, 1938
August 29, 2018
South Charleston, WV

Joe Allen Mayes

Joe Allen Mayes, 79, of South Charleston passed away on August 29, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Joe was born in McDunn, WV, to the late Vernon and Sarah Alice Mayes and spent his childhood in Fayette and Boone Counties.  After graduating from Van High School he attended and graduated from Morris Harvey College in 1962, where he met and later married his college sweetheart, Lillie Sargent.  Before embarking on a career in teaching, Joe served for three years in the 18th Artillery Group, Army Air Defense Command (ARADCOM), but spent most of his professional career in pharmaceutical sales, wherein he retired from Abbott Laboratories in 2002.

Joe served for four years on the South Charleston City Council and was most recently employed at the South Charleston Interpretive Center in pursuit of his greatest passion: West Virginia history.

Joe is survived by the love of his life of 59 years, Lillie; daughters April Coleman (Chris) of South Charleston, Amy Wolfe (Greg) of Teays Valley, sister Sue Dingess (Ron) of St Albans; his five grandchildren Sarah, Lilly, Grace, Will, and Claire; his Aunt June; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many friends who will forever miss his warmth, wit, and generous spirit.

Joe was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and cherished his family above all else. A devoted Christian, Joe attended First United Methodist Church in South Charleston for 46 years.  A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at 2pm Saturday, September 15 at First United Methodist Church in South Charleston. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Kanawha-Charleston Animal Shelter or Kanawha Hospice.  The family would also like to thank the nurses and staff of the CPICU Unit at CAMC Memorial Division for their wonderful care and support.

Memories of Joe may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary listing.  Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

13 replies
  1. Guy Vaughan says:

    Joe was the first person that I worked with and trained when I came to work for Parke-Davis in 1977. He always had a kind word and a smile for all of those in his path. I remember that he loved his family and he loved life. God Bless all of his family and those who knew him………….

  2. Kathy Parson says:

    May God be with Joe’s family as they go through the days ahead. Joe was such a nice man and a joy to know. Prayers and sympathy to Lil, the girls and grandchildren as well as the many others who will miss him.

  3. Eric Crawford says:

    I knew Joe and his family from growing up in Armor View. Joe was a good guy who always had a smile on his face and a very pleasant personality. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  4. Marilyn Caldwell zionic says:

    Lost track of Joe Allen and sister. Lived across the street at Powellton. Thankful the family and life that he has had. Sincere condolences.

  5. Doretha Fullen (DOE) says:

    May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  6. William Watts says:

    I married into Joe’s family. Uncle Joe was truly a amazing man. Memories I will always cherish of him. Being around him made you wanna stand tall!!!! Breakfast with uncle Joe and Aunt Lil before watching Marshall University Football games. History was definitely his strong suite. You will always be a special place in my heart uncle Joe goodbye for now.


  7. Christine (Fowler) Cameron says:

    My heart breaks for you Lil, April, and Amy and the grandkids. You all are literally my second family and I cherish the memories of Ivywood Lane/Armor View. Joe always was willing to give selflessly to anyone. I will miss him dearly and I’m so sad I am unable to come give you each a big hug but please know my heart is there with you all. Love you guys!

  8. Mike & Karen Cash says:

    Our dear friend Joe, our neighbor for 44 years, and Mike’s partner in crime at Bob Evans in South Charleston. We would meet at BE very frequently and Joe & Mike “being the men they are” would liven the place up with their jokes and even a little flirting. One Christmas, we even bought Joe & Lil a Bob Evans Christmas ornament.

    We couldn’t ask for better neighbors. Joe & Lil always took part in all our ArmourView Events and we spent so many fun times together.

    We enjoyed watching each other’s children grow up together and our boys were even their paper boys. Joe always had life lessons to share with my kids. Now we talk about all of our amazing grandchildren.

    Joe has left his earthly home but I know for sure he is sitting and the right side of our Father and being a help anyway he can. I know he also will live in our hearts and memories as long as we are here. Lil you were the light of Joe’s life and he will be with you and his family forever. Everybody loved Joe and we are so fortunate our paths crossed.

  9. Nat Campos says:

    Heavenly Father has received a kind and generous soul! My heart is saddened with his passing and I take great comfort of knowing a man who was always friendly to me and my family. A good good man who gave me great advise and always made me laugh!! Rest In Peace my Good Friend!!

  10. Judy Romano says:

    Joe and I had a mutual love for history and would spend a lot of time talking about South Charleston, the Ordnance Center, Union Carbide , the Native American Indians and the mounds. He was so astute and knowledgeable about many subjects and he referred to the history book my classmates, friends and others as being the history bible. I so enjoyed our talks and will certainly miss dapper Dan ( Joe Mayes) always dressed to the “t”.

  11. Mailyn Viers says:

    So sorry Lil, didn’t know Joe was sick, we send e-mails all the time and I had to clue. Always loved you and Joe and have many memories with you all. It breaks my heart for you all. Love You….

  12. Joe Willis says:

    Joe and I worked at the Interpretive Center together, and later had a hand in what I do now as a Correctional Officer. He was one heck of a great person, I miss him and miss getting calls from him telling me to stop by the next chance I got.

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  • Saturday, September 15
  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Memorial Service

  • Saturday, September 15
  • 2:00 PM