Thomas E. May was born in Camden, New Jersey.  He was raised and educated in the Cherry Hill School System, where he excelled in athletics.  His athletic ability awarded him an athletic scholarship to Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.  He graduated from college in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  He then attended American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, from which he graduated in 1969.

He married Hazel W. May in 1969, and from this union five children were born.

After graduating from college, Mr. May served in the U. S. Army in Europe as the Operating Officer for the U.S. Army Mortuary, where he was discharged at the rank of Captain.  While in Europe, Mr. May was a member of the Masonic Order to the degree of Shriner.

Mr. May was trained under the direction of the late Carl Miller of Camden, NJ in the field of Mortuary Science.  He now owns and operates the May Funeral Homes,  having grown  to 5 locations: Camden, NJ, Pennsauken, NJ, Vineland, NJ, Willingboro, NJ and Philadelphia, PA.    Mr. May started May Funeral Home on  his own, he is a first generation funeral director. Unlike other funeral directors, it was not passed down to him.  May Funeral Homes, Inc. is a family run business.  His wife Hazel and three of his five children, Tyrone, Tina and Toni are in the business with him.

He has served as Investigator for the Camden County Medical Examiners Office for several years.

Mr. May is currently a member of the National Funeral Directors, Morticians Association and New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

He is the Assistant Pastor of the Tabernacle of Faith Church, COGIC Camden, NJ.  Thomas also serves in the capacity of National Treasurer and as a member of the Executive Board of the International Council of  Pastors and Elders of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). 

In following the scripture, to whom much is given, much is required.  Mr. May and his wife regularly participate in philanthropic endeavors to various organizations.

Mr. May is the proud father of five children, Tyrone, Tonya May-Avent, Terri Levy, Tina May and Toni May-Jervey , the grandfather of nine: Jasmyne, Tyrone Jr, and Tiffany May, Kennedi Avent, William Levy, Tarralyn Berry, Kassadi Avent, Whitney Levy and Tyler Jervey.