May Gold Coons, 94, died Sept. 24, 2021 in Atlantic Beach, FL. Born May Lambdin Sheridan in Macon, she was the granddaughter of Charles Lambdin of Barnesville. She moved with her family to newly established Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, when she was 13.
May attended Journalism school at the University of Georgia but left when famed editor Ralph McGill offered her a job on the society page of the Atlanta Constitution. There she worked alongside Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind.
In 1948 May married Dan Gold, and they moved to Winter Park, FL where she wrote a weekly column for the Orlando Sentinel. Dan was called back into the Navy for the Korean War and May moved with her two young children to Norfolk, VA. After the war, they lived in Washington, DC, and Summit, NJ. In DC, she co-wrote a local live television talk show produced by the Junior League. In Summit, May started the Summit Speech School to teach deaf children to speak and lip-read so they could attend regular classrooms. The school has grown and flourishes today.
In 1984, at age 57, Dan Gold died of a heart attack. May moved back to Macon and then to Ponte Vedra. There she married her second husband, Joseph Burkholder Smith. Joe’s lectures on history and on his previous life in the CIA earned them free passage on cruises around the world until his untimely death after 10 years of marriage.
May married Captain Bill Coons and they had 13 happy years together at the Fleet Landing retirement community until his death in 2016. She also turned her own struggles to good by leading workshops on grief.
May was predeceased by her three husbands, her brother Dan Sheridan, and her son Daniel “Skip” Gold. She is survived by son Andy Gold of Flemington, NJ, and daughter Liz Gold (Debbie Denison) of Chimayó, NM; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass was held Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Interment will be at a later date in Barnesville.