Mary Katherine May

Mary Katherine May, 71, of French Creek, made her journey to Heaven on Monday, January 10, 2022, from the Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg.

She was born in Webster Springs on August 6, 1950, a daughter of the late Charles and Nellie Tingler Sparks. In addition to her parents, Mary was greeted in Heaven by two sisters: Charlotte Dancy and Susan Fay.

On September 24, 1972, Mary married her true love Billy John May. Together they shared 49 years of marriage and the joys of raising their six children.

Forever cherishing their memories of Mary’s giving nature along with her husband are two sons: James Sparks, of Webster Springs, and Oscar Carter, of Craigsville; four daughters: Connie Avery and husband Peter, of Jane Lew, Billie Smith, of French Creek, Bettie Jo Wine, of Burnsville, and Casey Renee May, of Sutton; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen McCourt and husband Danny, of Florida; two brothers: Bill Sparks and Mike Sparks, both of Webster Springs; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary was Christian by faith and put love in everything she did, including taking care of her home, children and grandchildren. She loved to cook, especially potato salad. Among her favorite things to do were shopping, riding a four-wheeler, going on picnics and camping at Bergoo.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at Clutter Funeral and Cremation located at 21 Elnora Circle in Buckhannon from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022. Funeral Services will follow in the Clutter Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rick Wyatt officiating. Interment will follow at the Waterloo Cemetery in French Creek.

We, at Clutter Funeral and Cremation, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Mary Katherine May. Online condolences may be expressed at


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