A life-sized statue of late former Pikeville Mayor Walter E. May is ready for delivery, but funding is still being sought to pay the remaining cost for the bust.
At a meeting Thursday of the Pikeville Main Street Board of Directors, Chairperson Minta Trimble told the board that the statue has been finished by manufacturer Marblecast and the company has requested a shipping address for the eventual delivery. Trimble said details such as a shipping date and a location where the statue will be placed have not yet been determined.
Trimble said Pikeville Main Street has been a “pass-through” organization for the payments for the statue, but she said the statue is being funded through private donations, and no public money has been used to pay for it.
“We’ve acted as a pass-through organization for the payments to Marblecast since we’re a nonprofit,” Trimble said.
Trimble said the total cost for the statue was $58,000, and $14,000 more for a base, which will be purchased from Thacker Monument in Pikeville. She said the statue will be similar to that of a statue at the University of Pikeville honoring former Gov. Paul Patton. A statue of iconic Pikeville Mayor Dr. William Hambley currently resides in Pikeville City Park.
May died Nov. 2, 2018 in Pikeville at the age of 81. He served as Pikeville mayor from 1990 to 1993, but is best well-known for serving as president and CEO of Pikeville Medical Center for decades. May was also the CEO of East Kentucky Broadcasting.