Fred Marston Mayes, Jr.

Profile Updated: August 3, 2016
Fred Marston Mayes, Jr.
Fred Marston Mayes, Jr.


Fred Marston Mayes, Jr.


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In Upper Marlboro, MD USA
Spouse/Partner Dorothy
Occupation Manager, renewable energy analysis
Children Marina -- 27 -- attorney

Vitaly -- 22 -- graduate acting program

I have worked for the Federal government since I graduated from U. of Okla. in 1970. I got married 6 days after I graduated to the same wonderful girl I'm married to today. We adopted 2 children from Russia in 1992 and 1998, and they have been blessings. It's a good thing that I keep in good physical shape, because kids don't know you're older when they ask you to play baseball or tennis! I still enjoy sports, but my main avocation is music--singing, instruments, directing, and a bit of composition. I have lived in Maryland ever since I started working for the Federal gov't., but I never lost my love for Texas. I was privileged to be selected for the Bethel Bible 2-year teacher training program, and it really opened my eyes to understanding what the Bible really means. I have no plans to retire because I enjoy my work, but when I do, I hope it's to Kiawah Island, SC.

School Story

My favorite school story involves one of our beloved teachers, Gloria Snyder. One day in the spring of 1966, I got wind of a plan some guys had set up to have a "Grub Day" and come to school looking grungy. I thought this was pretty stupid, so on the Friday of "Grub Day" I dressed up to the nines and put a sign on my back saying, "Support Grub Day." Satire, right? Well, everyone did--except Gloria Snyder. She confiscated my sign and gave it to Mr. Jeter. Eventually I wound up in his office trying to explain the unexplainable out of context. Jeter gave me 2 detentions for "UNACCEPTABLE ADVERTISING!" It didn't really matter, but I was really annoyed and held a grudge for many years. Then a few years ago when I was visiting a classmate in McKinney, I told his dad the story. His dad, who was 94 at the time, said, "Well, I bet it's hurting you a lot more than it is her." I realized that he was right and that Mrs. Snyder was just trying to do her job the best she could figure. So now I can laugh about it.

Fred Marston's Latest Interactions

Oct 08, 2020 at 6:33 AM

Kathy, Hope your "half a gross" birthday is a blast!

Aug 20, 2020 at 6:42 AM

Sharyn, Hope your half a gross birthday was as enjoyable as mine!

Jul 27, 2020 at 6:46 AM

Vicki, Not sure I've seen you since my freshman year at OU. I would have dreaded my "half a gross" year birthday in 1966, but I actually enjoyed it last month. I hope you find joy in yours next week!

Jul 27, 2020 at 6:43 AM

Cheryl, when I was at Greenville Ave. Elementary, I would have dreaded this birthday. But turning half a gross years old was actually quite enjoyable last month. I wish you joy on your July 31 nativity recognition!

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Jun 29, 2020 at 7:20 AM

I don't remember precisely when I first met Jamie.  I came to Richardson from Pennsylvania in Nov. 1955 and was assigned to Mrs. Smithwick's 2nd grade class.  But my first memory of Jamie was in 3rd grade.  I had his mother as my 3rd grade teacher, but of course Jamie was assigned to the other 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Fields.  The first time I remember him was coming into our classroom to get lunch money from his mother.

We ran into each other a lot until 6th grade, when I developed a knee condition that doctors at the time treated by eliminating virtually all activity strenuous on the knees, like climbing stairs.  So I went to Terrace. 

Jamie and I reconnected in 8th grade playing interscholastic football.  My favorite play innvolved Jamie.  Because I grew fast, the coach, Dale Lowder, make me a tackle.  But I had some speed, and eventually coach Lowder let me try tight end.  I loved it--I'd catch a pass and have a 60-80 pound advantage on the guy in the secondary.

Teams didn't pass much in those days, but coach Lowder put in a play that I loved--a lot like what the Kansas City Chiefs would use with Ed Podolack several years later.  The play call was either 38 (right) or 39 (left).  The QB, Donnie Russell, would toss the ball to Jamie, our fullback, as if it were an end run.  I would "brush-block" my defender and run downfield 5 yards and break to the sideline.  Every time we ran the play, the defense came up to stop the run and I was wide open.

I got into choir and band in high school, so I didn't see him as much then.  But he always created a friendly atmosphere around him, and I'll remember him that way.

Jun 19, 2020 at 2:14 PM

What happened to Jamie?

Jun 14, 2020 at 9:29 PM

Hope we can cross paths sometime-- my wife Dorothy and I plan to attend the 55th reunion.

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May 26, 2020 at 3:58 PM
Apr 06, 2020 at 7:26 AM

Howard, So long since we've connected! I remember meeting you first in 6th grade, I believe. I had to transfer elementary schools for health reasons. THese are unusual days, but I hope this day is enjoyable for you.

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Jan 27, 2020 at 7:40 AM
Oct 02, 2019 at 7:57 AM

Kathy, I looks as if in addition to recognizing another year on planet Earth, you've got 50+ years of marriage in the books. What a blessing. Dorothy and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary next year.

Aug 16, 2019 at 6:29 AM

Hello, Mary Ann! I hope 71 is hale and hearty for you! I actually might be in TX around Aug. 23. In any event, I wish you a fun and relaxing birthday!

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Jan 03, 2019 at 4:04 PM
Nov 05, 2018 at 6:25 AM

Carol, Hope you have plenty of friends and family to share in your "big" birthday! My apologies for not getting around to visiting with you at the reunion.

Aug 27, 2018 at 6:48 AM

Sharyn, I hope you are surrounded by people who can help you to celebrate your special birthday as much as I enjoyed mine. My best.

May 25, 2018 at 10:08 AM

Barbara, My wife and I really enjoyed her 70th birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I hope you and your husband will, also. Hope the next time we meet we have more time than when we're waiting for a taxi!!

Feb 26, 2018 at 6:46 AM

Missed you in 2016! I've worked for the Dept. of Energy since 1980, with many assignments in international energy. My best to you, and I hope we can have a chance to meet sometime.

Feb 12, 2018 at 7:16 AM


I want to wish you a shower of blessings on your special birthday. I imagine you and Tommy are in the Caribbean, so you probably don't have to worry about having good weather to celebrate!

In going though the last of my mom's possessions a while back, I found where she had saved the program from the Reveler's final 9th grade dance we went to. What a different world it was then; I'm glad we grew up in it.

God's blessings on you and Tommy.

Dec 24, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Best to you, Jamie, on your nativity. We'rw at the beach in South Carolina.

Nov 08, 2017 at 6:49 AM

Orbin, Was so glad to see you last year at the reunion. You have certainly made the world a better place in so many ways. Blessings to you and your family on your birthday!