Ira C. "Shorty" Mayes, formerly of Gravel Hill Road, Lock Haven, passed away June 2 in Winterhaven, Fla.
Ira proudly served our country in World War II with the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Waller, USS Europa and USS Monticello, as well as serving from the USNAB in Bremer Haven, Germany.
He saw service in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets.
Preceding him in death are his parents, James E. and Esther Mayes, his wife, Dr. Bertha L. Mayes; three sisters, Mary (Frank) Savrock, Charlotte Rhinehart and Pearl (Charles) Temple; four brothers, James (Edward) Mayes, Robert T. Mayes, Donald Mayes (Maxine) and Carl Mayes (Sara); and one stepdaughter, Shirley Jennewine (Rick).
Ira and his brother Carl were co-owners and operators of Mayes Brothers Upholstery. He enjoyed traveling and country music.
He played fiddle and bass guitar with his group, "Shorty Mayes and the Shady Hollow Boys," and most recently, was a member of the Hartland Band in Haines City, Fla.
He played for many country stars, too numerous to mention. He was a part of the Wheeling scene and the Louisiana Hayride. Also to his credit were WBPSZ and WRAK radio shows.
He is survived by two children, Bonnie MAdden of Los Angeles, Cal and George (Gene) Mayes (RuthAnn) of Pleasant Gap,; two stepchildren, Pat O'Donnell of Salona and Harvey Boatman (Dale Marie Clark) of Vassalboro, Maine; seven grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, 18 step-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and one great-great stepgrandchild.
Ira is survived by one brother, Clifford Mayes (Marge) and two sisters, Marjorie Myers (Leroy) and Lois Kline (Stanley).
Also surviving is his friend and caregiver, Karen Hill of Haines City, Fla.
A brief memorial service will be held at Woolrich Park, lower paviliion at noon Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family.