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SenateBill Number: 1349Primary Sponsor: LandType of Legislation: CRSubject: Mayes, James E.Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19940414Computer Document Number: NO5/7786BDW.94Introduced Date: 19940413Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: 19940414Last History Type: Received from HouseScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: LandType of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 1349 Senate 19940414 Received from House 1349 House 19940414 Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence 1349 Senate 19940413 Introduced, adopted, sent to HouseView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO EXPRESS THE DEEPEST SYMPATHY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO THE FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS AND ADMIRERS OF JAMES E. MAYES OF SUMTER WHO DIED MONDAY, APRIL 4, 1994.
Whereas, Mr. James E. Mayes of Sumter died Monday, April 4, 1994; and
Whereas, one of the South's last giants in the cotton industry, Mr. Mayes ran an eight thousand acre operation just outside of Mayesville, a rural town in eastern Sumter County once solely devoted to cultivating cotton; and
Whereas, a descendant of the "father of Mayesville", Mr. Mayes also served as the town's mayor for twenty years. Mr. Mayes, affectionately known as "Bubba Jim", was also past president of the National Cotton Council and a past chairman of the Sumter School District 2 Board of Trustees; and
Whereas, Mr. Mayes retired from farming at the age of seventy-five years and ended a personal agricultural dynasty in Sumter County that spanned five decades, which was part of a family dynasty that lasted nearly two hundred years; and
Whereas, his death marks the loss of one of the State's most successful and well-liked farmers; and
Whereas, the Mayes family farming tradition stretches back to the early nineteenth century when Matthew Peterson "Squire" Mayes II moved to Sumter County and gave Mayesville its name just after the War of 1812, according to Cassie Nicholes' `Historical Sketches on Sumter County'; and Whereas, Jim Mayes moved back to Mayesville in 1935 after attending college and increased the number of acres he planted from two thousand to about eight thousand; and
Whereas, Mr. Mayes was a son of the late Robert James, Jr., and Janie Rhodes Mayes; and
Whereas, he was a deacon and elder at Mayesville Presbyterian Church and a past moderator of Harmony Presbytery. Mr. Mayes also served as chairman of the Sumter County Commission for Higher Education; and
Whereas, in addition to serving as president of the National Cotton Council, Mr. Mayes served for many years as a director of the National Cotton Council Board. He was also a past national co-chairman of Cotton Incorporated; and
Whereas, Mr. Mayes was a past member of the Board of Trustees of Converse College; and
Whereas, survivors include his wife, Katie Beaty Mayes; two daughters, Kathleen Mayes DuBose and Patricia Mayes Hines; a son, James E. Mayes Jr.; and several grandchildren. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly express their deepest sympathy to the family and many friends and admirers of James E. Mayes of Sumter who died Monday, April 4, 1994.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the family of Mr. Mayes.