Mays grew up in Fair Play SC and received
a BS in Architecture from nearby Clemson University in 1950.
Although he and future partner Robert Parks both attended
Clemson, they were in different classes and did not meet until
after graduating, when Mays joined Parks to work at Six
Associates in Asheville NC from 1950 to 1953. Here they worked with
Henry Irven Gaines and Anthony Lord, with Mays serving as a
delineator and designer.
Mays and Parks both worked
for Harold Woodward & Associates in Spartanburg SC from 1953 to
1956, where Mays served as a designer, primarily working in
public school projects.
In 1956, Mays and Parks both moved to
High Point NC where Parks had family friends who offered to help
them start an architectural firm. At the time there were only
about three firms in High Point, and the development of the I-85
corridor directly adjacent to the city created a demand for more
architects in the area. Mays and Parks, Associates
operated there from 1956 to 1981, when Parks retired. He passed
away in 1993. Although the firm did not overall have a
residential focus, they designed several modernist homes in the
early years of their practice, mostly in High Point.
Mays joined the AIA in 1957 and was
instrumental in the formation of the Piedmont Section of the
North Carolina AIA. He was a sole proprietor from 1981 to 1986
before working for Smithey & Boynton, a Roanoke VA firm with a
High Point office, from 1986 to 1992. His last completed project
with Smithey & Boynton was the Neal F. Austin Public Library in
High Point. He retired in 2000 and lived in High Point.
1957 - The Sloan D. and Geneva
F. Gibson House,
412 Emerywood Drive, High Point NC.
Commissioned 1956.Designed by Robert G. Parks of Mays and
Parks, according to Clayton Mays. Built by Brown Fouts of
Thomasville NC. It was among the earliest residential projects
in High Point to be fully temperature conditioned by electric
heat pump. Sold in 1994 by the Gibson estate to Linda McEwen
Smith. Sold in 2001 to Boyd K. and Randall A. Honeycutt. Sold in
2014 to David John Ebbetts and Palmer Linwood Smith, Jr.
- The Alfred A. and Willie Lee Oliver, Jr. House,
Drive, Greensboro NC. Located in the Sedgefield section of town.
Commissioned 1956. Built by Harry Hill. Transferred to Willie
Oliver in 1969. Sold in 2008 to Thomas and Cotten Moring.
Destroyed and replaced, bottom photo.
1958 - The Judge Byron Haworth House,
902 Fairway Drive, High Point NC. Commissioned 1957. Sold
in 1982 to his brother and sister-in-law, John and Martha
Haworth. Sold in 2008 to Paula Walker. Rented for several years.
Sold in 2016 to Everest Media of Elk Grove Village IL.
1958 - The
John and Louise Bivins House,
1509 Crestlin Drive, High Point
NC. Commissioned 1956.
Built by J. R. Graham & Son of High Point.
Sold in 1967 to Moses and Elsie Samet.
Sold in 1973 to Donald Douglas Gilstrap. Deeded in 1976 to
Donald Douglas and Billie Gilstrap. Sold in 1991 to Donald
Douglas Gilstrap, Jr. Sold in 2012 to Robert Todd Welsh.
- The Sarah G. and S. E. Sanders House,
362 Town Mountain Road,
Asheville NC. Designed by Mays and Parks. Commissioned 1957.
Featured in Southern Architect May 1959. Sold in 1967 to Anne J. and Archibald K. Stewart.
Mays notes "some time around now the house was been greatly
expanded and extensively remodeled, year and architect not
known."Sold in 1976
to Patricia G. and John P. Davies Jr.. Sold by her heirs in 2000
to Katherine L. Freilich. Sold in 2007 to Sue B. and Dwight H.
Emanuelson. Sold in 2013 to Patricia A. Rhea and Kathryn R.
For sale in 2016.
1958 - The
Gerald B. and Euna Cope House,
933 Whitmire Drive,
Designed for Mays' sister, Euna. Commissioned 1958. BW
photos provided by Wayne Cope.
1960 - The
Ruth P. Ellis House,
605 Hillcrest Drive, High Point NC.
Commissioned 1958. Mays described it as "a very
interesting house on a small difficult triangular shaped lot."
Sold in 1964 to S. H. Tomlinson, Jr. Sold in 1979 to Louise
Rodes Schoch. Sold again in 1979 to Kenneth M. Krantz, Jr.
Deeded to Kenneth M. Krantz, Jr. heirs in 1998. Sold in 2002 to
Patrick C. Coble. Sold in 2004 to Barbara Ann Garrison. Sold in
2013 to Samantha C. Price.
1961 - The Taylor M. and Evelyn W.
1506 Davidson Court,High Point NC. Commissioned
Built by C. A. Brown, Contractor, of High Point.
Deeded to Evelyn W. Simpson in 1974. Sold in 1977to
Katherine M. andJoseph R. Montgomery Jr., still owners as of
1961 - The Harry B. and Frances H.Mays House,
145 Doctors Road,
Fair Play SC. Commissioned 1959. Still owned by the Mays family.
Photos by Sally Shader Wurther.
1962 - The Irving &Lora M.Silver House,
1316 Robin Hood Road,
High Point NC. Commissioned 1960. Sold in 1973to Alice K and
Donald L. Mergler. Sold in 1976 to Susan B. and R. G. Culp, III.
Sold in 1984 to Sharyn M. and Roy W. Andrews, Jr. Sold in 1987
to Sally F. and William R. McKenzie, Jr. Foreclosed in 2002.
Soldin 2004 to Donna A. Lewis and Leslie Page Gill.
Sources include: Sally Warther, Clayton