Thomas Hayes Mayo was a 21-year-old University of Mississippi student who died on April 14, 2022 in Oxford, Mississippi. Credits flowed for Mayo, describing his “sincere interest in people” and unforgettable smile.
A friend wrote on Facebook: “No THOMASSS 😭😭😭😭 such a sweet and radiant soul!!! RIP my fren 🕊❤️”
The Waller Funeral Home in Oxford is handling the death, revealing that Mayo passed away on April 14, 2022 in Oxford, Mississippi. How did Thomas Hayes Mayo die? A cause of death for Thomas Mayo was not given. Heavy has contacted the Lafayette County Coroner in Mississippi for the cause of death. However, the coroner replied that he could confirm the death but could not reveal the cause of death for privacy reasons.
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Mayo’s obituary describes his “amazing smile” and how he “saw good everywhere and in everyone”
According to the funeral home’s obituary, Mayo was born on April 2, 2001 in Memphis, Tennessee and “was a junior at the University of Mississippi and a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.”
“As the youngest of four children, Thomas never wanted or shied away from attention. He loved his family, his friends and his life. Thomas has never met a stranger. His stunning smile and genuine interest in people broke through all barriers. He rarely uttered negative words or thoughts about anyone. He saw good in everyone and everywhere,” the obituary reads.
“Thomas is survived by his parents Cal and Caroline Mayo of Oxford; his sister Virginia Coan and her husband Fletcher along with his nephew and namesake Hayes Fletcher Coan of Atlanta, Georgia; his brother William Mayo and his wife Caroline of Atlanta, Georgia; and his sister Callie Mayo and her fiance Quinn McCarthy of Nashville, Tennessee. He is also survived by his grandmother, Stella Salmon, of Oxford. Thomas was loved and loved in return by his aunts, uncles and cousins. Thomas is also survived by his girlfriend, Georgia Hippe, of Atlanta, Georgia, and other friends too numerous to list.”
The obituary suggests: “Contributions in memory of Thomas may be made to the William Magee Center at the University of Mississippi or to the James and Sandra Mayo Scholarship Endowment at the University of Mississippi Foundation, 406 University Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655 or to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 113 S. 9th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.”
Mayo attended Oxford High School in Oxford, Mississippi
On Facebook, Mayo wrote that he attended and lived at Oxford High School and was from Oxford, Mississippi. He was a runner in the class of 2019 in high school. His last post was on April 12, 2022, on Ole Miss’s college and sorority life.
A woman wrote about the death on the Facebook page of First Baptist Church in Louisville, Mississippi, writing: “Please pray for Cal Mayo and his family at the death of his son on Thursday April 14th. Cal grew up in our church family.”
People posted tributes on Facebook in the comment thread of the funeral home’s post. Here are some of them:
“So extremely heartbroken for this precious family. It was always a pleasure to watch Thomas grow up in my chair. Those sweet sweet eyes and curls. Thomas Mayo will miss and mourn you.”
“So heartbreaking. Prayers for those who knew him.”
“Sure hate that for the Mayo family. Some of the best people in Oxford! Prayers, condolences and comfort for the family at this tragic time🙏🙏🙏😪”
“Such devastating news. Such a wonderful young man and family! He prayed hard for peace and comfort for his family and friends. My heart breaks for Cal and Caroline.”
“So heartbreaking!!💔 He always had the biggest smile. Sending our love and prayers!!”
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