Thursday, December 4, 2014

Local Businessman Bill Mays is gone at 69

Bill Mays
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There's word tonight that one of the most influential African-Americans in the history of Indiana has passed away.

Bill Mays, the founder of Mays Chemical and the owner of the Indianapolis Recorder newspaper, died today.

A legendary figure, Mays had a brain for business and found his success in several industries.  He branched out from his chemical company to become a local media and telecommunications powerhouse.  Along with partner Bill Shirk, Mays sold his electronic media interests a few years back to Radio One for a cool $40 million.

That would only tell part of the story about the Evansville native.  He believed in giving back to his community serving on countless boards and civic organizations.  The community will keenly feel his loss.

Bill Mays is gone at 69 years old.

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