Barbara Ann Tatum May Thompson died peacefully on July 26, 2017 after suffering a double stroke. A native of Lubbock, Texas, Barbara was born January 1, 1928, the oldest of 4 children. She attended what is now Abilene Christian University for one year and then married Lt. Gene H. May on June 4, 1946. They immediately settled in Arlington, Virginia and lived in Northern Virginia the rest of their lives. Gene was a prominent custom home builder and land developer for 42 years including his last subdivision in Virginia, Evermay, which was named by Barbara. Gene died on May 4, 2005.
Barbara is survived by her daughter Nikii May Frank, her son, Perry William May II and his wife, Yvonne; grandchildren Matt Frank, Heather Weismiller, Megan May, Becki Kerry, and Tatum Phillips; and great grandchildren Addison, Tristan, Shane, Ariel and Charlee. Her brother, Claude Tatum II, also survives her.
Barbara’s brother, Clyde Tatum, Jr., her sister, Neta Rae Watts, and Harry Thompson, whom she married September 15, 2007, predeceased her.
A founding member of the Church of Christ in Falls Church, Virginia in 1949, Barbara’s faith was key to her life. She was truly a woman to be praised for her care and compassion of others, and her love for all. She was incredibly optimistic and never met a stranger.
Barbara assisted her husband in helping to establish Northeastern Christian College in Villanova, Pennsylvania and also Camp Wamava, a Christian camp established in 1957 in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 6 at 4 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Falls Church at 6149 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Barbara’s memory may be made to Camp Wamava, 6210 Stoneham Lane, McLean, Virginia 22101.