Stuart Alan Mays

Born in Memphis, Tennessee on August 18, 1964

Departed on July 27, 2020 and resided in Lebanon, Tennessee

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Stuart Alan Mays, 55, passed away peacefully surrounded by those he loved on July 27th, 2020 after a courageous battle against lung disease.

Stuart was born August 18th, 1964 in Memphis, TN to Linda and James Mays. He graduated from Craigmont High School in 1982. After graduation, Stuart joined the United States Army and had the opportunity to serve overseas in Germany. He remembered his time there fondly and enjoyed sharing stories and memories about his experiences overseas. After his service was completed, he returned home and began his career at Coleman Taylor Transmissions.

Stuart worked at Coleman Taylor for 35 years. He worked his way up the ranks from R&R man, to builder, up to shop foreman and then moved to Middle Tennessee to open a store in Franklin in 1990. Stuart and his team made their shop into one of the top stores among the company. Along the way he won Manager of the Year multiple times, Top Sales, Record Setter, Top Customer Service, and Million Dollar Club. In 2017 he went to Murfreesboro to open another store for the company and hit the ground running. From R&R man to manager and co-owner, Stuart was known for his hard work and dedication to the company.

Race car driving was a large part of Stuart’s personal life and one of his favorite chapters. His children remember growing up at the dirt track nearly every weekend, cheering on #88, and his garage full of trophies that were taller than they were. He met many lifelong friends during his time at the race tracks.

Stuart was an absolute character, always the life of the party. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family on his boat, always seeming to have a frozen bottle of Fireball somewhere, and singing along to rap music you were always a little surprised he knew all the words to. He especially enjoyed putting his loved ones on the inner tube and trying with all of his might to throw them off in the most epic ways possible.

Stuart was born a UT fan and spent his 55 years on this Earth singing Rocky Top and rightfully hating Crimson Tide and the Florida Gators. Cheering on the University of Tennessee Volunteers was of utmost importance to him, and his daughter will continue this legacy by saying “maybe next year’s our year” for the rest of her life.

To the end, Stuart kept his friends and family laughing and reassured them he was at peace and knew our Lord, and that we’d be seeing him again soon. We imagine he’s upstairs playing golf with his Dad, taking a big breath of fresh air for the first time in years without needing his oxygen.

Stuart is survived by his loving fiancee, Pat White; son, Zackery Mays; daughter, Amanda Puckett; three bonus children - Jessica Loftis, Danielle Imbaratto, and Jacob White; mother, Linda Gipson; sister, Stefanie Fletcher; brother, Jay Mays; and a plethora of beautiful grandchildren who adored their Papa.

The family will receive friends Friday, July 31st from 2-6 p.m. at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. Beginning at 6 p.m. there will be a time for sharing your favorite memories.

15 Comments to Stuart Alan Mays

  1. Greg Shumaker, and family
    July 29, 2020 11:13 pm

    Stuart was a rock in our company, absolutely a master at our trade, and very good friend, you will be missed my brother.

  2. Wendy Miller
    July 30, 2020 8:42 am

    Pat and to the family of Stuart,
    Praying for comfort and peace during such a sorrowful time.

  3. Benjamin Hartley
    July 30, 2020 10:43 am

    He will be missed for sure! Great man and friend. Prayers for all that was blessed to have known him.

    July 30, 2020 10:55 am


    July 30, 2020 11:57 am

    so sorry for the family loss Stuart was a great friend to me and the community

  6. Matt and Tia Boner
    July 30, 2020 12:32 pm

    One of the best humans I know! Stuart allowed Matt and I on numerous occasions to enjoy his high class and club level Titans seats.

    Save me a seat up there dear buddy… Praying for your family here…….

  7. Dianne Dayton Ostrom
    July 30, 2020 12:33 pm

    Pat sending hugs and prayers for you and the family.

  8. Ailene Mauldin Hampton
    July 30, 2020 2:52 pm

    i wish i had known you sweet Stuart just your face shows what a fun loving and great person you were my heart and mind are broken just wish i could be there for your sweet mother and rest of your family will all ways regreat not knowing you RIP sweet Sturart

  9. Robert Woodside
    July 30, 2020 4:38 pm

    Always had the answer to a transmission question/problem – even when the transmissions I brought him were older than he was. I’ll miss your smile and friendship.

  10. Tim Daley
    July 30, 2020 5:34 pm

    I love you my Brother, you were a true Angel here on Earth and Now in Heaven. I am Blessed to know you!!

  11. Hers hell Morrisette
    July 30, 2020 5:45 pm

    This is true loss to everyone that had anything to do with Stuart. I met him through a fantastic man Tom Russell who we also lost just a few years ago 😢 Stuart was a gentle giant and always smiling. God bless you Stuart RIP🙏

  12. Greg Dewire
    July 30, 2020 7:00 pm

    Stuart was a great guy and a pleasure to be around. He will be sadly missed

    July 31, 2020 3:53 pm

    I never got to know Stuart but I know his mother Linda, his niece Ashle and I knew his sister Stacy who recently passed away. My prayers and thoughts are with them all. The Good Lord must have had his place ready for him and he is no longer in pain. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  14. Deb Scurio
    August 1, 2020 1:26 am

    Sure miss knowing all of my relations. I didnt know you but you sound like an amazing man. Your mother and I are cousins and I don’t know when the last time I seen her but I know you and Stacy meant the world to her. I’m glad God took you home peacefully. I will continue to pray for Linda. I pray for his families. For peace and comfort and strength to continue to look to the Lord in this most difficult time.

  15. stefanie fletcher
    August 3, 2020 10:58 pm

    I miss you Stuart.

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