On May 21, former Chesterfield County Board of Supervisor Jesse Mayes celebrated his 100th birthday with former and current members of the board and county administration. Mayes served the Matoaca District from 1984-1991 and was the first African-American elected to the county’s board. Pictured from left are former Deputy County Administrator Pete Stith, former Dale District Supervisor Harry Daniel, Matoaca District Supervisor Steve Elswick, Chair and Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland, former Matoaca District Supervisor Dr. Freddie Nicholas, former County Attorney Steve Micas and former County Administrator Lane Ramsey.
Mayes entered the U.S. Army as a private in 1942, serving during World War II in the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, the first black airborne unit, and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. After the war, Col. Mayes served in the 555th PIB and the 82nd Airborne Division, achieved Master Parachutist rating and commanded Battery C of the 80th Airborne Artillery. Upon retiring from the U.S. Army in 1964, he achieved a master’s in mathematics from Virginia State College, and later became the director of computer centers at VSU, Federal City College, Washington Technical Institute and the University of the District of Columbia.