Robert “Bob” Shelton Mayes passed away on May 13, 2020, which was just shortly after his 87th birthday. He was born on April 30, 1933. His parents, Dorothey and Harvey Mayes, had 2 boys, Jim and Bob. His favorite color is blue. He was born and raised in the small town of Brownwood Texas and the family later moved to Austin. He attended high school in Austin and went on to attend and graduate from The University of Texas at Austin with a business degree.
Bob later joined the Army and was deployed to the country of Germany. Most of the stories he always told was about how horribly cold it was- he missed the great Texas weather.
After his time in the Army, he met and married, Marcia Sachs, on May 5th, 1962. They were married for 19 years and had 3 children: Kelly, Randy, and Darryl.
Bob found a job at the Corpus Christi Army Depot and they moved to Corpus Christi for him to start his career there. He was a Controls Systems Analyst. He had the great privilege of working with some of the first-generation desktop computers and all the new stuff and technology that came with the benefits of having a government job. He retired from the Corpus Christi Army Depot after 32 years of Civil Service.
Many years after his retirement from C.C.A.D. he met and married, Jeanne Cazassis Mayes. They have been married for 23 years.
During his time in high school and college Bob picked up many new hobbies and sports that the Austin area had to offer. Austin is surrounded by several lakes, so he joined the local group of water skiers.
He loved being outside on the water every sunny day and got very good at this challenging activity. He even bought his own boat just to make sure he could get out on the water and go skiing anytime he liked.
He also enjoyed Ping-Pong. He picked this up while staying in the dorms at UT. He was hard to beat at Ping-Pong; he had mastered several spin and trick shots. He even achieved a top ten state ranking one year.
Another thing he enjoyed was billiards. He was always up for a competitive game of pool anytime he came across a table. He would get down low to the table and figure out the mathematical angles to have the ball drop in the pocket.
Although Bob never played football during his school years, he was definitely a fan of UT Longhorn football. He attended games during college and even after graduating. He loved UT Longhorn football so much he named one of his sons after the famous Longhorn’s coach - Darrell Royal.
Of all the sports, Tennis was for sure his favorite. He started playing recreational tennis in school and he played it for years until he just could not run after the ball anymore. He had a great top spin passing shot and a point-winning drop shot that would barely clear the net and just magically drop and stop.
He followed the professional tennis players careers and would spend many afternoons watching it on TV every chance he could. The US Open tennis tournament that was played every year in New York city was his favorite of all the majors.
Bob lived his life as a Christian, and he found St. John’s Methodist Church and quickly made it his home church. Bob participated in the church by being a greeter, usher, attending Sunday School clases, and being a part of the great group of the Methodist Men. All his family attended St. John’s as well.
Bob also dedicated a lot of his life to be a part of the great organization, The Boy Scouts of America. Both of his sons worked their ways up through the ranks of scouting. Bob eventually became the Pack Master of 225 that was located and sponsored by St. John’s church. He enjoyed being a part of the scouting life helping and teaching the young Scouts important skills and life lessons. He knew that many of these newly learned skills would carry these boys through the rest of their lives. Helping mold young boys into great men was something he was proud of. He always enjoyed when he would run into one of his former scouts and admire the great success that they had achieved in life. He knew the scouting program had a lot do with their success. Another great part of scouting was camping. Bob really enjoyed being out in nature and being a part of the fun and challenges that came from trying to live a couple of days outside with just the basics. Always fun and hard to beat the excitement of seeing the scouts build and achieve their first campfire. And of course, then you get to make smores as the reward of making the fire.
Speaking of smores, Bob loved sweets of all kinds, but chocolate was his favorite. If you needed him to help you with something, a chocolate cake was all the bribery you needed. He was always ready to take a trip to Dairy Queen for a chocolate sundae. It was easy to pick out a birthday cake-chocolate.
His mom worked as a House Mom for one of the sororities at The University of Texas. When she decided to retire, she picked the small town of Wimberley. Bob really enjoyed traveling to the Texas Hill Country often to visit. The beautiful hills and scenery were always so welcoming spending many summers and family reunions up there. The only bad thing about it was the dreaded cedar pollen. Making several trips a season to the famous water park Schlitterbahn; spending all day soaking in the big hot tub area while the kids enjoyed all the rides. He also spent a lot of time swimming and tubing down the local rivers of the Guadalupe and Blanco; spending all day playing in the rapids and floating down the river was a good day.
After he married Jeanne, he discovered he had found a new travel partner. They started taking some small vacations together. A trip to Florida, a short car ride to the San Antonio River Walk, or wherever they wanted to go, they would just set out on adventures.
Jeanne and Bob combined both of their interests into each other’s. He had fun learning about her Greek background and traditions. Going to the local Greek Festival every year now was so much different because he had a personal tour guide. He got to broaden his pallet with new dishes he had never really tried. Bob in turn shared many of his traditions with Jeanne as well.
It seems Bob and Jeanne had both found someone they could grow old with. They supported each other through all the daily challenges that goes along with getting older. One would help the other to get something done if the other could not. That great attitude of loving and caring for the other is what got them through life for a long time.
Robert “Bob” Shelton Mayes is survived by his wife of 23 years Jeanne Cazassis Mayes; daughter, Kelly Rene (Bobby) Smallwood and her children Dwight Lee Smith, Shelby Nicole Hazelip and Lane Robert Hazelip; son, Randall Robert (Kristi) Mayes and his children Samuel Clyde Mayes and John Randall Mayes; son, Darryl Patrick (Sherry) Mayes and his child Lauren Kiley Mayes.
Due to COVID limitations, services are limited to forty family members only. A Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. that same day. Interment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
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