Wayne Mayes, a former resident of Cleveland, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2013, from burn injuries sustained in an accident.
He had been a machinist, and brick mason early in his working career; he then became a garment cutter at Mayes Mfg. Corporation in Cleveland.
He was widely regarded as the “Greatest Skeet Shooter” of all time. He began his career in the early 1970s in his hometown of Attalla, Ala. His first world championship was at the Forest City Gun Club in Savannah, Ga., in 1973, where he won the 28 gauge event.
From that point, he amassed an incredible list of accomplishments that included 42 world championship titles, 42 All-American teams and 6 world records.
His last record occurred June 2012 when he achieved what could be regarded as the most amazing feat in skeet history: 200 perfect, 100x100 straight scores in the .410 gauge. As a National Skeet Shooting Association Hall of Fame inductee, he has a special glass cubicle of memorabilia that includes his favorite 12 gauge World Record holder, a Winchester 1400 fondly named “Blondie,” at the Hall of Fame Museum at the NSSA Headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.
He was preceded in death, by his father, Howard Mayes, and mother, Mary E Mayes.
He is survived by wife Linda of San Antonio, Texas; sons: Christopher Allen Mayes of Texas, and Michael Wayne Mayes of Cleveland; grandchildren: Nicholas, Brandon and Brianna Mayes of Te; sisters: Geraldine Perkins, Judy Spurling; brothe, Jeff Mayes, all of Gadsden, Ala.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great- nieces of Alabama.
He had numerous friends and extended family that are stunned by his passing.
The family requests memorials be made to the “Wayne Mayes Memorial Fund” to provide scholarships and promote youth shooting sports, P.O Box 128471 Nashville, TN 37212.
A Remembrance of Life Memorial Service will be held in Cleveland at a later time.
The North Ocoee Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes has charge of local arrangements.
You may share condolences and your memories with the Mayes family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.