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Lynchburg family celebrates life of popular barber killed in moped crash

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- For those closest to Cedric Mays, November 27, 2017 is a day they will never forget. Police said Mays lost control of his moped and hit a pole on Campbell Avenue.

"I had to pull it together for the kids, for his kids, and the grandchildren," said Gladys Mays, his mother.

Ced was a well-known barber, son, brother, friend, and so much more.

As they all gathered to reflect on his life, there were tears and enough laughs for a lifetime.

"If you ever needed a laugh or help or someone to just talk to that you were just going through a tough time and just needed somebody that was going to brighten your day, that was who you go to," said LaToya Williams, his girlfriend.

Family members said there's also reason to celebrate, honoring a life well-lived and a giving heart.

"Young men would come in there and they wouldn't have money for haircuts, and he would have a waiting room full of people," said Martha Robinson, his second mom.

His brothers were glad to share in the notoriety, since people think they look alike.

" I've been to different states, thinking I'm somewhere and nobody knows me. People pull up on me, like, 'Ced?" said Carroll Mays, drawing laughs from everyone.

They said you may no longer see him in person, but he'll always be close by in spirit.

"Never gonna be gone," said Carroll Mays. "I'm still here, his kids are here, we're here. Amazing."

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Friday, December 1, 2017 at King Pawn on Campbell Avenue at 8 p.m.

His funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Scott Zion Baptist Church

A GoFundMe page was set up to help cover funeral expenses. To help, click here.

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