Barbara Ann Tatum May Thompson

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. 

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6 Responses to Barbara Ann Tatum May Thompson

  1. Tricia Gale says:

    I so sorry to here about her passing. Barbara was a wonderful person and will be missed by many!

  2. Phillip Morrison says:

    Barbara and Gene May were special friends to Mary Margaret and me, not only when I preached at Falls Church, but also in the following years. She was a treasure surpassed by the treasure she has gained.

  3. Jan Bradley says:

    We are so sorry to hear this news.
    Barbara always had a smile on her face and was a joy to be around.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
    John and Jan Bradley

  4. John & Jena Holton says:

    Barbara was a wonderful, gracious family friend to her generation of young families growing up in the Washington area Churches of Christ. These relationships continued through the next generation who grew-up knowing Barbara and Gene as elder friends.
    We are grateful for her friendship and Christian influence.
    John & Jena Holton

  5. Nikki and Perry,
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was beautiful lady who cared for everyone. Her smile, engaging personality and generosity were unsurpassed. Her love of the Lord and the Church will always be remembered.

  6. Libby Dwight says:

    I met Barbara 47 years ago and it seems like yesterday. She immediately took me ‘under her wing’ and we became ‘family’. Barbara was such a wonderful example of what a Christian woman should be. Alway a wonderful, welcoming smile. Helping older women and being there for so many of them when they needed her. Two of those I remember her treating as if they were indeed members of her family. I can’t say enough good things about Barbara. I am so honored to have been counted as ‘her friend’. Many wonderful memories.

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