Robert Thompson Mayes, a prominent builder and developer in Lexington and Frankfort whose projects ranged from Holiday Inns to apartment complexes, died Friday in Naples, Fla. He was 84.
Longtime friend William J. Hanna of Lexington said Sunday that Mr. Mayes was "a very enthusiastic person who delighted in his work."
"He was a good conversationalist and an interesting friend to be around," Hanna said.
Mr. Mayes, a native of Marion County, built Holiday Inns in Frankfort, Naples and Richmond, Ind. His other projects included 101 East Vine Street in downtown Lexington, Harrodsburg Square Apartments, Physicians Mall Office Complex and The Lexington Tennis Club.
One of his first business endeavors was a charcoal briquette plant in Burnside.
Mr. Mayes served in the Marine Corps and was a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Idle Hour Country Club, Iroquois Hunt Club, Keene land Club, Naples Yacht Club and the Lexington Club.
Survivors include his companion, Ann Bohon Stork, and five children: Sara Blake, Scott Mayes, Robert Watt, Melissa Watt and Helen Hatch.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cardinal Hill Hospital, Meals on Wheels, the American Heart Association or the charity of one's choice.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on East Main Street. Private graveside services will be Saturday in Harrodsburg.