Son of the late Joseph Earnest Mays and Hattie Bell (Arledge) Mays, Ralph Dean Mays was born May 14, 1938 at Courtney.  
Affectionately called “Uncle Dean” by his many nephews and nieces, he is survived by two brothers, Lonnie Mays, Sr. and Gary Mays and his wife, Rhonda; a sister, Ann Rich; and other extended family.
Dean grew up in Courtney, and graduated from Courtney High School, the class of 1956. He and the former Rachel Laverne Patty were married Sept. 20, 1957 at Ardmore. The parents of two sons, Michael and Randall, they had celebrated their fifty-second wedding anniversary when Rachel passed away Dec. 25, 2009.
Dean worked many years for Colvert Dairy. After the dairy sold he moved to Norman and continued with Gilt Edge and Hiland Dairies until retiring. He returned to Southern Oklahoma some twelve years ago, living in Ardmore.
Of Baptist faith, Dean was a kind and gentle person who loved spending time with family and friends. He had been a member of the Oklahoma State Coon Hunters Association and in his leisure time spent many evenings in the woods with a favorite hound or two, listening to their long-bawls as they were on the trail. He also enjoyed attending dog trades, no doubt looking for a hound that was a little quicker to strike or faster to the tree.    
Dean passed away peacefully at his Ardmore residence Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, surrounded by a loving family. He is now reunited with his wife, Rachel and their sons, Michael and Randall, his parents, brothers, Joseph, Kenneth, Odis, Arthur, Doug, Donnie, Roger, Darrell, Tommy; and sisters, Sue Barnes and Jean Mays.
Rev. Gary Gunsolus will officiate funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in the Centennial Chapel of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery with the assistance of Bodie Armstrong, Cody Bates, David Weldon, David Jackson, Sammy Jones and Eric Moore serving as pallbearers. Honorary bearers include Red Gordon and Mark Reed.
The family will host a time of visitation and support Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home. Words of comfort may be sent online at www.hdouglasfunralhome.com.
“Uncle Dean” you will be missed, but not forgotten.