Dr. Joe Holbert Mayes

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Dr. Joe Holbert Mayes was born on August 19, 1944 to Billy Woods Mayes and Anna Faye Mayes at Florence Nightingale Hospital (now Baylor) in Dallas, TX. Raised in Crane Texas with his brother, Billy Woods Mayes II. Dr. Mayes graduated Crane High School in 1962. He graduated Texas Tech in 1970, after time in the US Army; he then received his DDS at Baylor College of Dentistry in 1974 and his MSD in Orthodontics in 1977.

Dr. Mayes practiced orthodontics in Lubbock, Texas, for 40 years. He was an adjunct professor for Baylor College of Dentistry for orthodontic students. During that time, he also shared over 200 lectures around the world on topics of new treatments and appliances that he developed. He lived life to the fullest, and did not wait until he retired to enjoy all the opportunities available to him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl Lee Mayes, children Joe Mayes II, Stephanie Prentice, Anthony Jones, along with seven grandchildren.


In lieu of flowers, his family suggests memorial contribution be given to the Morris Safe House Foundation, 3240 Nightingale Rd, Lubbock, TX 79407, https://www.facebook.com/morrissafehouse; or Joe Arrington Cancer Center, 4101 22nd Pl, Lubbock, TX 79410, https://www.covenanthealth.org/covenant-health-foundation/donate-now/


8 thoughts on “Dr. Joe Holbert Mayes”

  1. Matthew C. Somerville

    Dr. Dad, Thank you for everything that you and your wonderful family added to my life. Thank you for always welcoming me with a huge hug, enthusiasm, and your smile. Every moment was appreciated and taken to heart. Every day I have skied over the last 35 years, I have thought and smiled of you; and indeed because of you. Thank you. Thank you Linda. Thank you Joe II. Thank you Stephanie. Thank you all for being in my life. And Joe, thank you for showing me how to appreciate my life. I will take you to my grave with every smile, every laugh, and every turn I make.

  2. Dear Mayes Family, I am Karen Johnson and I recently learned about Joe from Stephanie. Your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. I am praying that you all find comfort in knowing that Joe is healed and is very happy where he is. Also know that too he is your Guardian Angel and will carry all your love with him. Please remember the good times and memories you all had with him. The Lord loves you all and I love you all. Many hugs and our hearts are with you all! Blessings, Karen Johnson

  3. My life was made better because of Joe. My friend for decades. The memories are many and I will forever keep Joe in my heart. A very good man. May God hold him tight and bring peace to Cheryl. I was lucky and blessed to have Joe in my life. Don Grimes.

  4. Joe and Hazel Love

    Cheryl, Joe and I are so very sorry to hear about Joe. We will be praying for you and your family. I hope you will find comfort in the many memories you and Joe had together. With deepest regrets, Joe and Hazel Love

  5. To Joe and family, My condolences in Joe’s passing! He has left his pains down here and is in a better place now watching over all of us! My fond memories of Joe were working on his special collection of cars and conversing over them all and nothing at all! We had many phone conversations, most including cars of course, but my favorite one was “hey Scotty can you go pick up my COBRA? Its stuck in a tree on 1585!” So here is to you Joe! You helped my life in many ways and you shall be remembered as a good friend!

  6. Mike & Phyllis Gray

    Cheryl and family, I only knew Joe for a short time but I know he is a great man and enjoyed the many trips you and Joe made. Joe and I shared a common interest in the food aspect of your trips. We also shared a love of Tommy Bahama wear. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations and Joe was always positive in every conservation. He believed in living life to the fullest. Joe was always planning a trip with you and I know he enjoyed every trip you made together. He will be missed greatly. Phyllis and I send our prayers and you are in our thoughts.

  7. Joe II & Stephanie:

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We had some good times with your parents – great memories.

    Ken & Frances Doshier

  8. Dear Cheryl and family, so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I only met you all very recently but was inspired by Joe in Italy to live everyday to the fullest. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Silvana Jooste

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