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/