State mourns May’s passing: Gov. Bevin pays respects during visit

PIKEVILLE — Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said the passing of Pamela Todd May will have a ripple effect far beyond the boundaries of eastern Kentucky.


“Her heart, her intellect, her passion for this community and her ability to apply herself as she did for the service to others, there are very few people like her in the world,” Gov. Bevin said.


May, 64, passed away on May 14, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Pikeville.


Gov Bevin said the full effect of her life is beyond measure and will only be known in the months ahead,” he added.


Gov. Bevin met privately with the family on Wednesday, offering his heart-felt sympathy for her loss.


“Her life, an extraordinary one at that, ended way too soon,” he said.


May served as PMC legal counsel for the past 31 years and served for 12 years on the board of trustees for the University of Kentucky.


U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said he was saddened to hear about the passing of May.


“She was well respected in Pikeville and around the Commonwealth for her work in the legal community. Pam dedicated her talents to Pikeville Medical Center and the University of Kentucky, two institutions that will miss her skill and dedication. Elaine and I send our deepest condolences to her husband, Walter, her children, and the entire May family.”


She was born April 7, 1953, in Madisonville, daughter of Pasquina S. Todd and the late Phillip E. Todd.


Local Attorney Ira E. Branham said the bar association has lost a true professional in May.


“Over the years, I had numerous encounters and she did what any lawyer should do, she represented her clients vigorously, zealously and intelligently.”


May was a graduate of Morehead State University and University of Kentucky College of Law. She founded and ran one of the most respected law firms in the state. She praised her staff of her law firm for all their loyalty and hard work, especially her dear friend Jackie Coleman.


In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Walter E. May, president and chief executive officer at PMC; her daughter Andrea (William B.) Robinette Lowe, son Phillip (Raabia W.) Anthony Todd Robinette, and grandson William Anthony Bodie Lowe, all of Pikeville. She is survived by her sister Patricia T. Bausch of Jacksonville, Fla., nieces Mary Kathrine Bausch and Andra Bausch, and nephew Zachary Thomas.


Visitation was held this past Tuesday and Wednesday in the PMC Chapel.


Funeral services were held Thursday at First Baptist Church, Pikeville. Burial followed in Johnson Memorial Park.


Pallbearers were William Lowe, Erich Blackburn, Ronald L. Lester, Joshua J. Owen, H. Ryan Altman and Seth E. Fawns.


Honorary pallbearers were Jacquelin Coleman, Angela L. Epling, Della M. Cole, Cynthia Casebolt, Shirley Justice, Belinda J. Prater, Terrie K. Prater, Genese L. Justice, Jessica G. Helvey, Sharon K. Skeens, Angela D. Hatfield, Katherine M. Slusher, Rachael D. Watts, Miranda D. Click, Juanita Deskins, Dr. Fadi Al Akhrass, Joe Dean Anderson, Debbie Blackburn, Ron Burchett, David Collins, Dennis Halbert MD, Hobart Clay Johnson, John LaBreche, Clint Martin, Alex Poulos MD, Jo Nell Robinson, Mary R. Simpson PhD, Lacy Puckett, Burlin Coleman and Judith Hinkle.


Arrangements were under the direction of J.W. Call Funeral Home in Pikeville.