Anna May (Hays) Scales Chancellor

May 5, 1934 ~ April 30, 2020 (age 85)


Anna May Scales Chancellor, 85, of Greenup, passed away at 10:40 pm, April 30, 2020 at her residence.

Private family services will be held with burial in the Salem Cemetery. The Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup is assisting the family.

Anna May was born to Henry and Eula (Pemberton) Hays on May 5, 1934, in Mason, IL. She married Owen “Shay” Scales on November 22, 1953; he preceded her in death on August 13, 1987. She married William Vance Chancellor on August 22, 2009; he preceded her in death on May 22, 2019.

Surviving are her three sons, Scott, Roger and Terry Scales; step-children Mark (Kathy) Chancellor, Tim Chancellor, Becky (Harry) Pugh; brothers Bill and Bennie Hays; sister Jenny Hanley; Niece, Barb (Brooke) Davis; Grandchildren Callie (Chad) Justice, Nikki Scales, Christopher (Rachel) Scales, Amber (Jason Stewart) Scales, Riley (Shalina) Scales, Hunter (Hannah) Scales, Trivette (Autumn) Scales, Dylan (Angel) Simms, Jenna Simms, Aaron Ghast, Jason Yelton; 15 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Anna was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter Cindy Yelton; stepsons Daniel and Steve Chancellor; grandson Jordan Pierce; brothers George and Perry Hays and sisters Etta Hart, Jo Paton, Helen Hunt and Clara Byrd.

Anna lived her life with grace and dignity; she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her life was a living testimony. Her love for Him showed through her love for her family, extended family, church family, friends and complete strangers. Anna always loved caring for babies and children. Her home was always a place that welcomed all. If you had the pleasure of being graced with her presence you got to hear the Gospel and left with the knowledge of how to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Anna most enjoyed spending time with her children (whether she birthed them or not), grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchild.

She was a lady of many talents such as mending jeans to the point of patching patches, sewing, quilting, and crochet. If you had a stain you couldn’t get out, granny could. She could take anything from nothing and turn it into enough to feed an army. Anna was a faithful member of the Greenup First Southern Baptist Church since their founding in 1949 where she taught Sunday School for 50+ years. She worked for Brown Shoe Company, Ettelbrick Shoe Factory, and Kern Manufacturing.

Granny passed peacefully with her sons and A-Team by her side. We imagine her mansion in heaven is full of babies that she will happily hold and rock for all eternity. Memorials can be made to the Greenup Baptist Church in her memory. Online condolences can be expressed at

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