Graveside services for Dr. Benita Banister Mays of Dallas, were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010 at the Mount Vernon City Cemetery with Rev. Pepper Puryear and Harold Lightfoot officiating.
Dr. Mays was born March 16, 1937 in Mount Vernon to Charlie and Maude Blake Banister. She married James Mays on Sept. 3, 1956. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1955 and earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Texas - Arlington, a master’s degree in microbiology from Southwestern Medical School of Dallas, and a Ph.D. in medical science from Texas A&M University - College Station. Sr. Mays did research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School for 10 years and another four years at Parkland Hospital before moving to the Dallas County Junior College System where she was coordinator for many years. She moved then worked for Tarrant County Junior College as the coordinator of Health Related Sciences. She retired in 1996 and traveled widely throughout the United States and Europe presenting seminars from her medical research studies.
She died Saturday, Sept. 4 in Mount Pleasant. She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, James, four sisters-in-law, four brothers-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews, and long standing friends, Betty and Harold Lightfoot and Sue Wright-Cockrell.