History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

The funeral business that became H.T. May and Son was founded in Boonville in 1911 by Riley Martin, great-great uncle of Tom May. Following the death of Riley Martin, his nephew, Holwell J. May took over the reins of the business and continued to operate it until his death in 1974, when at that time, his son H.T. May began to run the business. When H.T. died in 2005, his son Thomas E. May began to run the business and is now the fourth generation to operate May Funeral Homes. Holwell May is apart of the fifth generation and the May family welcomes the sixth generation of the family Nia Rose May to the world born on October 2, 2013 and Gwendolyn Norene May born on February 16, 2015.


Our Valued Staff

Estelle L May

Estelle L May, Owner

Estelle May, wife of the late H.T. May, owns the funeral homes in Columbia, Boonville, Sedalia, Marshall and Fayette. Estelle has three children Thomas May, Kathryn May who is a current licensed funeral director and Melodia Whitmore who passed away in 2014.


Thomas E. May

Thomas E. May, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Thomas E. May and his wife Pastor Jennifer L. May. Jennifer is pursuing her funeral directors license and is a current pre-need specialist, as well as the pastor of Liberty International Ministries, Inc., in Columbia.Thomas May and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents of three children; Brittany N. May, David Jeremiah Baker, and Holwell J. May II. Thomas May and staff are are dedicated to serving families from all ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs in a personalized manner, with knowledgeable, caring, and professional staff. Thomas, his wife, and the rest of the May staff are able to attend to not only each family’s physical needs but we are equipped to serve your spiritual needs as well.
Thomas graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1980. He is a past master of New Hannibal Lodge #20 of Marshall, Mo. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Boonslick YMCA, past board member of the Harvest House Homeless shelter, past board member of the Industrial Development Authority in Boonville, Mo., past president of the Missouri State Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association and has served on the Community Advisory Council for the Missouri Foundation for Health.


Holwell James May II

Holwell James May II, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Holwell graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College in August of 2011 with a degree in Mortuary Science. Holwell is married to Kasey May they have been Married since May of 2009 and currently reside in Boonville, MO. Holwell is licensed as a Missouri Funeral Director and Embalmer and has become the fifth generation of the May family to enter funeral service.


Henry  Hurt

Henry Hurt, Funeral Assistant

Henry is a lifelong Cooper County and Boonville Native, Henry has served on the Boonville City Council for 18 years, as well as serving on the City of Boonville Park Board, the Board of Habitat for Humanity and various other service organizations. Henry is married to Theresa Hurt. Henry is the proud father of four children, Kistina, Karaunda, Kolby and Kelvon. Henry has been with the H.T. May and Son family for over 17 years.


Michael  Poindexter

Michael Poindexter, Funeral Assistant

Michael Poindexter has been a member of the H.T. May and Son family for over 5 years and serves in many capacities. He is a 1990 graduate of Boonville High School and attended Kemper Military Junior College. He has three children Keith, Jalen and Sydnee.


Stevie Hockaday

Stevie Hockaday, Funeral Assistant

Stevie has been a member of the H.T. May and Son team for over two years. Stevie is the proud husband of Theresa Hockaday. Stevie retired from the Marshall, Mo. Fire department after 34 years of service. He is a member of the St. Paul Freewill Baptist Church in Slater and he is the proud father of one daughter Tanya Varner.


Ron Carter

Ron Carter, Funeral Assistant

Ron Carter has been with the H.T. May and Son team for over 5 years. Ronnie is a member of Second Missionary Baptist Church in Columbia where he sings in the male chorus. He is a graduate of Mexico High School. He has been employed with the Boone Hospital Center of over 30 years.


Richard  Hardiman

Richard Hardiman, Funeral Assistant

Richard Hardiman has been a member of the H.T. May and Son team since March of 2015. He is a lifelong resident of Columbia, Mo. He is a proud graduate of Hickman High School. He has been a member for over thirty years of Log Providence Missionary Baptist Church where he is currently training to become a deacon of the church. Richard is very thankful to be able to serve families to help them begin the healing process.


Johnny  Rorah

Johnny Rorah, Funeral Assistant

Johnny Rorah a native of Boonville Missouri. Johnny is married to Rosalie his wife of 34 years and has 3 sons. He is a graduate of Boonville High School and attended Columbia College where he obtained his degree in Business Administration. Johnny also served in the United States Air Force.
Johnny has served on the board for Christ Episcopal Church, a board member for Little League Baseball and coached a variety of youth programs.
In his spare time Johnny enjoys, golfing, fishing, canoeing and riding his bicycle on the Katy Trail.


Trevor  Hodges

Trevor Hodges, Funeral Assistant

Trevor is a Cooper county native currently residing in Wooldrige, Mo. He is a graduate of the Boonville High School. The son of Deanna Friedrich Hodges and Keith Hodges, Trevor is the newest member of the H.T. May and Son team. He is married to Tabitha Hodges and together they have two children Gage and Kendal.


Keith  Hodges

Keith Hodges, Funeral Assistant

Keith is a native resident of Boonville, Mo. The son of the late J.B. Hodges and Lavina Kempf Hodges, where he graduated from Boonville High School in 1978. He has been married to his wife Joyce for ten years. Keith is the proud father of two children Trevor and Hannah. Keith welcomes the opportunity to be of service to families going through this difficult period in their lives.


Tina Boggess

Tina Boggess, Facility Manager - Alexander-May Funeral Home

Tina Boggess is married to L.A. Boggess III, mother of 2, grandmother of 4. She is a graduate of Bunceton High School, and received a Medical Terminology Certificate in November 1985 from Nichols Career Center. She has worked as a family services worker with Missouri Valley Community Action Agency from August 1987 – April 2011, and received her family services credentials from the National Head Start Academy 2001. She became a member of Phi Theta Kappa at State Fair Community College October in 2003, and received her Family development credentials from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in July 2007. She returned to State Fair Community College in 2014 and became a Certified Phlebotomy Technician in October 2014, and went on to become a Certified Nurse Assistant in December 2014. Tina is a member of Burns Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Sedalia, Missouri where she serves as the Youth Dept. Supervisor, Sunday School Superintendent, Pastor’s secretary, and Church Treasurer.


Lauretta  Emerson

Lauretta Emerson, Funeral Director

Lauretta is a licensed funeral director with the Alexander-May funeral chapel. She has been a proud member of the team for over 20 years. She feels it is very rewarding to be able to assist familes when they are going through this most difficult time in the lives. She worked as an Registered Nurse for many years in the Pettis County area.


Archie  Ross

Archie Ross, Funeral Assistant

Archie has been a member of the H.T. May family for over 35 years. He is married to Alice Ross and has been a member of the Sedalia community for many years. Archie is a member of the prince hall mason family and has held various offices in the lodge. He is a retired member of the United States Air Force. He is also a retired member of the Sedalia, Mo. fire department.


Mark Kelly Sr.

Mark Kelly Sr., Funeral Assistant

Mark Kelly Sr. lives in Sedalia and is a member and Deacon of Ward Memorial Missionary Baptist Church. He works for UMC-Campus Mail services in Columbia. He has been married to his wife Debra since November 1995 and together have five children: three Boys and two Girls


Irvin “Butch”  Whittler

Irvin “Butch” Whittler, Funeral Director

Irvin is a life long member of the Columbia, Mo. community. Butch has been a licensed funeral director for over 25 years. He brings experience as well as compassion to all of the families that he has the privilege of serving. He is a member of the Latter House Kingdom Ministry of Columbia where he is an elder of the church. He is married to Kay S. Whittler.

Sadly Irvin passed away on August 11, 2015. He will be greatly missed by the family and staff at HT May & Son Funeral Home.


MItchell D. Hurt

MItchell D. Hurt, Funeral Assistant

Mitchell Dale Hurt is a lifelong resident of the Boonville and Cooper county area. Mitch graduated from Laura Speed Elliott High school in 1978. He went to Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. Mitch was the former owner of Mitch's Barber Shop in Boonville, he currently is a teacher at the Boonslick Vocational Technical School in Boonville where he teaches Alternative Energy. Mitch also coaches girls and boys basketball for the Bunceton High School.

Mitch is the proud husband of Cynthia Hurt, the have been married for over 30 years and are the proud parents of two children their son Tory who is married to Rachel Oswald Hurt and his daughter Teri. Mitch also has a granddaughter Carolyn Jean Hurt.