SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Michael Tirrell May, 24, died unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at the University Hospital in San Antonio.
He was born Sept. 1, 1987, in Warren, and was a member of Divine Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ, where as a youth he was a drummer for the Children's Choir.
He enjoyed photography, computers, electronics, gourmet cooking and playing the piano. Michael attended Warren G. Harding and Trumbull Career and Technical Center, where he majored in multimedia during his last two years of high school.
He received various awards, trophies and special accomplishment awards, which included an award for a television commercial that was shot, edited and aired by Michael and a classmate.
Following Michael's high school graduation in 2005, he attended culinary training at the Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh. He began his career in the culinary field in Pittsburgh, and he continued gaining culinary experience in various restaurants in the Warren, Howland and Niles area before relocating to Kentucky to manage the Buffalo Wings and Rings Sports Pub.
While residing in Kentucky, he met Shelly Ann Bogle, whom he later married.
In 2009, he joined the Army and served in Ft. Knox, Ky., as a 92G (Food Service Specialist). He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. He was honorably discharged while holding the rank of Private Second Class. Following his discharge from the military, he was employed as a computer repair technician for Amazon. Later, he relocated to Florida, where he and a friend founded and operated a website design business.
Michael is survived by his wife, Shelly of San Antonio; parents, Preston and Maggie May Jr.; three brothers, Jerrald, Preston, and Derrick May; two sisters, Rasheda and Shalisha May, all of Warren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held noon Tuesday at Devine Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ. Calling hours are one hour prior to the service, 11 a.m. to noon.
The committal will follow at Pineview Memorial Park Cemetery. Condolences may be left on the church's facebook page at www.facebook.com/DTTemple.
Arrangements of comfort were handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home.