Robert Mayes

Robert Joseph Mayes

Friday, November 24th, 1944 - Friday, June 5th, 2020
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Robert Joseph Mayes, 75, of Gulf Breeze, Florida passed away on June 5, 2020 at 7:48 pm during a glorious sunset surrounded by family. This world lost the most wonderful and loving man, husband, father and grandfather. Bob’s life revolved around family and helping others. He was known for his kindness, wisdom and sense of humor. He lived a vibrant life with love and respect from all he knew and undoubtedly left an impression on each one of them.
Bob graduated from Columbus High School in 1962. He obtained a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University in 1966 and a Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1969. After college he joined the Air Force for four years as a JAG officer obtaining the rank of Captain. He finally settled in Pensacola, Florida in 1973 where he began his distinguished law career. Bob spent his legal career primarily representing individuals against big corporations. Bob was a pioneer in the area of insurance bad faith and his colleagues saw him as a mentor and role model.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin J. Mayes and Violet Hill Mayes; his two sisters, Dorothy A. Lay and Mary A. La Fave; and his two brothers, Thomas W. Mayes and Michael J. Mayes.
He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 34 years Paula; brother, James E. Mayes (Carolyn); sons, Steven A. Mayes (Jill) and Jonathan R. Mayes; grandchildren, Gavin, Ryan, Abigail, Bella and Johnny Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind four special ladies who loved him and went above and beyond for him in his law practice, April Crooke, Dara Hartigan, Trish Rollins and Robin Bishop.
The Services for Mr. Mayes will be Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Parish, Family Only. Here is the Link for the livestreaming
Donations, in lieu of flowers, are requested to be made in memory and honor of Robert Mayes to Covenant Care Hospice at 
WATERS & HIBBERT FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
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    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 1:00pm
    St. Ann Catholic Parish
    100 Daniel Drive
    Gulf Breeze, Florida 32562
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    Private Service, Family Only


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Pam, & Paul Hunt

Posted at 01:35pm
In memory of a true gentleman, who lived for his family.
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Mary Moore

Posted at 12:39pm
So very sorry for the loss of Bobby. I knew him so well as a young man because he worked at our house as a handy man in Columbus Indiana in the summer. He was always so fun and full of life. He was very close to my brother Steve Echsner because they worked together for years in Pensacola. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Mayes family at this very difficult time. He will always be remembered as a very special person in my life!

Justin Johnson,

Posted at 12:00am
Both my wife ,Elizabeth and I worked extensively with Bob since 1993 professionally and probably on over 100 cases, 25 or more that he was heavily involved with at every level.I dont think I ever had a conversation with Bob that didnt end with a chuckle from him or many chuckles.I had never seen Bob without a suit on and it was overwhelming to see that he had in his life the same generous personality that I experienced in a work setting extended into the most important aspect of life many times over. Everyone in our office just loved Bob and he did so much for our careers and immeasurably benefited victims with the most serious Consequential lifelong injuries.Always upbeat, great spirit available to help any anyone without any personal gain whatsoever.Ill stop now because Im tearing up there are so many Bob Mayes stories that come to mindsincere condolences ~ Justin Johnson, Treasure island, Florida

Bruce Smith,

Posted at 12:00am
Bob was truly a good friend and colleague . He was a kind and good person. I will truly miss him. I have not spoken to Bob in about a month. I was shocked to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family. ~ Bruce Smith, gainesville, Florida

Artice McGraw,

Posted at 12:00am
Drew and I send our condolences to the Mayes family. We are very saddened, Bob was a fine lawyer and a good person. I know he will be missed. ~ Artice McGraw, Pensacola, Florida

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