Donna Jean Staley Spry May

Donna Jean Staley Spry May, of Kenova, W.Va. passed away Monday, July 18, 2022 she was a beloved mother, grandmother, friend and child of God. She was a daughter of the late Raymond McKeand and Herma June Meredith Staley. Donna Jean graduated from Buffalo High School. She was active in Wayne County politics and served as the Democratic Committee Woman for 28 years. In addition, she represented seniors on the Wayne County Community Service Organization Inc. Board of Directors for ten years and during her tenure on the board represented Wayne County serving on the Metro Area Agency on Aging’s Advisory Board. Donna Jean also served two terms as a member of the Silver Haired Legislature. She was honored by Wayne County Democrats as Democrat of the Year. While she enjoyed being involved in democratic politics for Wayne County, she also loved her God and was an active member of the England Hill Freewill Baptist Church and her community. Donna Jean along with her daughter, Herma Lynn Davis opened the Girlfriends and Sister Chics Gift Shop in Lavalette where she enjoyed meeting the customers and helping out. Donna Jean never knew a stranger, she loved on everyone she met and knew, she loved and cared a lot in her time. In fact, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin recognized her for all of her hard work and dedication to the citizens of Wayne County. Donna Jean also loved living in the country and she owned and showed, show horses, raised cattle, loved the outdoors and being on the farm. She was preceded in death by first husband and father of her children, Warnie Spry; her second husband, Ralph May; her precious son, Terry Ray (Topper) Spry; her grandson, Ryan Spry and her brother, Barry Staley. She is survived by her loving children, Warren (Bossy) Spry and his wife, Barbie; her daughter, Herma Lynn Davis and her husband Bill with whom she made her home; a daughter-in-law, Ellen Spry; grandchildren, Warren “Flattop” Spry whom she loved and raised like a son and his wife, Maranda; Amber (Danny) Walker, Bryan (Katy) Spry, Paula (Joey) Moore and Ashlee Davis; great grandchildren, Sheyenne, Cole, Madison, Colton, Faith, Rylee, Kate, and Macy; and two special great grandchildren who visited with her every week, Audrey and Jacob, and her precious fur baby, Spikey. Donna Jean lived life to the fullest, spending time on many endeavors she was passionate about especially her family. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2022 at England Hill Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Willie May and Pastor Justin May officiating. Friends may call two hours before the service at the church. Burial will follow in Cyrus Cemetery. Rollins Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

8 Replies to “Donna Jean Staley Spry May”

  1. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed by many. I am sorry we could not attend the service. I am heart broken and have all of you in my prayers.
    Love Kellie and “neighbor Sue” Taylor

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss Herma Lynn, Bill and Ashlee . You all will be in our thoughts and prayers ???❤️

  3. So very sorry for your loss. I have known her my whole life. She was a very nice and outstanding, classy lady. Love you all

  4. Herma Lynn and Bossy, I’m so so sorry for your loss. I’ll be thinking of you guys in the following days.

  5. Saddened to hear of her passing but she has inherited the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

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