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Deral Floyd Mays, age 81, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Nevada Regional Medical Center. Deral was born March 20, 1938, in Cedar County, MO, to Alva and Otho Lorene Mays.
Deral was married to Bonnie Smith for fifteen years. To this union four daughters were born: Debbie, Donna, Gayle, and Sheila. Later, Deral was married to Nelva Lynn (Leonard) Moore for forty-seven years.
Deral was saved and baptized at Pleasant Springs Missionary Baptist Church. He was currently a member of Union Hall Baptist Church. He worked at Mid-America Dairy and later managed a grain elevator in Nebraska. After retiring, he moved back to El Dorado Springs and did numerous cleaning jobs. He loved hunting and fishing and gardening; he especially enjoyed vegetables and fruit trees. He also loved to travel.
Preceding Deral in death were his parents, Alva and Otho Lorene Mays, and two grandchildren, Jessie Bell and Zachary Bell.
Survivors include his wife, Nelva, of the home; daughters: Debbie Cornejo, of El Dorado Springs, MO, and Donna Rock, of El Dorado Springs, MO, Gayle and Danny Bell, of Harwood, MO, and Sheila and Mike Howell, of Nevada, MO; step-children: Faye and Rocky Koger, of El Dorado Springs, MO, Elizabeth and Bill Leek of Olathe, KS, and John and Dulce Moore, of Republic, MO; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service for Deral Mays will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Rev. Don Barger officiating. A visitation will be held immediately before the service from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Love Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Ricky Meyer, Seth Rock, Colby Williams, Trevor Howell, Isac Bell, Tommy Cornejo, Louie Cornejo, Jason Koger, Matt Lawler, and Brett Koger.