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On Friday, September 20th, 2019, Ralph Perry Mayes, Jr., loving husband and father of two, passed away at the age of 65 after a strong fight against cancer.
Ralph was born on September 14th, 1954, in Stuttgart, Germany to Parents Ralph Sr and Margaret Mayes.Married 40 years to wife Donna they shared 2 children Corey and Rachel. Ralph Joined the IBEW Local Union 558 in August of 1976 where he worked as a journeyman wireman till 2004 at that time taking office at the local working as Assistant Business Manager, Dispatcher,President and Lead Business Manager until his retirement in 2018.
He was also a delegate to the Shoals Central Labor Council where he served as President of the council from 2012-2014, and was “Labor Person of the Year” in 2014. Ralph Was elected as President of the North Alabama Building and Trades Council from 2012 until his retirement.
Ralph was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Perry Sr., and his mother, Margaret. He is survived by his wife Donna, his two children Corey and Rachel, and his three sisters Reba Cantrell, Sandy Marone, and Cathy Olive.
On Saturday’s, he could undoubtedly be found cheering on the Crimson Tide and could typically be talked into a round of poker with friends afterward.
Ralph had a passion for all things outdoors and loved to fish, a hobby he happily shared with son, Corey. He and Donna frequently enjoyed traveling to new places together and both shared a love for the beach.
An avid music fan, Ralph shared a love of 70’s Rock and Roll with daughter Rachel and could cut up a dance floor like no one else. Bob Seger, The Eagles, and Willie Nelson were some of his favorites.
A visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 23rd, 2019 at the Colbert Memorial Chapel in Tuscumbia at 4:30-6:30 PM with a memorial service to follow. More Details can be found on the Colbert Memorial Chapel website at www.colbertmemorial.com