Roger Lee Mays – Opdyke, IL

Roger Lee Mays, 66, of Opdyke, IL, passed away at 4:45 p.m., on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at Memorial Hospital East, Shiloh, IL.

He was born on February 9, 1954, to George and Dorothy (Morgan) Mays in Mt. Vernon. Roger worked as a Truck Driver. He also was part owner of the Golf Cart Guys. Roger married Linda Gonzalez and she preceded him in death.

He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton. Roger loved fishing for crappie, walking, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Roger is survived by his loving son, Joshua (Amber) Paul Mays of Opdyke; brother, Ronnie (Vicky) Mays of Boyd, IL; sister, Paula (Steve) Stern of Mt. Vernon; special companion, Linda Lou Knapp of Benton; and two step-grandchildren, Masan Ragsdale and Emmeri Eldridge of Benton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Paul and Dorothy Mays, wife, Linda Marie Mays, two brothers, John Mays and Jeffery Mays.

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation – whom shall I fear?

Remember, there are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

Love cannot measure itself until the hour of parting.

Dream as if you’ll live forever….Live as if you’ll die today.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, 516 N. Main St., Benton.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 12:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sammy Simmons, officiating.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Immanuel Baptist Church.

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