Demrick Paul Mayes, owner of a tile installation company who enjoyed cooking, died Oct. 11 at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly of complications from a cardiac arrest he suffered three months ago. The Arnold resident was 47.
Mr. Mayes, who was known as Rick, was born in Baltimore and raised in the Sun Valley neighborhood of Anne Arundel County.
After graduating from Glen Burnie High School in 1979, he went to work for several tile contractors before establishing his own company, R&M; Tile Installation, in 2006.
"He loved playing practical jokes," said a sister, Melanie Sita of King George, Va.
Mr. Mayes enjoyed barbecuing, fishing and crabbing.
"If he could have, I think he would have eaten crabs at every meal," Ms. Sita said, laughing.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m Thursday at North Glen Baptist Church, 508 W. Furnace Branch Road in Glen Burnie.
Also surviving are two sons, Derrek Chenowith Mayes of Pasadena and Corey Mayes of Goldsboro; his mother and stepfather, Rosemary and Stephen Poppish of Arnold; a brother, Stan Mayes of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and another sister, Donna Emge of Ridgely. His marriage ended in divorce.