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July 16, 2014

Visitation Thursday for mother and son found dead

Visitation will take place Thursday for a mother and son found dead in their Athens home.

The visitation for May Chao-Mei Hu, 73, and Robin Shen Hu, 39, both of Athens, is 7-9 Thursday at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home.

May and Robin died Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

May Chao-Mei Hu

May was the youngest of 10 children born to Dr. and Mrs. Cha-Mo Wang, both native Taiwanese.

She was preceded in death by her husband Douglas Hu, her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Mrs. Hu is survived by one brother in Australia, two sisters living in Taiwan, one sister in Japan and one sister in California.

After high school, May attended college in Taipei where she studied theater art. There she met and fell in love with Douglas Hu, marrying him after graduation. May then began working as a middle school teacher.

The Hus moved to the United States after Douglas’ sister, who had immigrated to Huntsville, invited the couple to join her.

After moving to Athens, they opened the May Flower Restaurant and worked together for many years. They were forced to close the restaurant due to Douglas’ health. He died in the late ‘90s after an extended illness. 

May learned to drive and began working at Athens Pharmacy in 1999 and moved to Westside Pharmacy in 2006.

She is remembered by friends and family for her kindness and love as well as her “sweet voice and tender smile.”

Robin Shen Hu

Robin was the only child of Douglas and May Hu.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Hu is survived by his aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graduate of Athens High School, he was accepted into the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he majored in cinema studies and film production. He continued to live and work in New York City until failing health forced him to return home in 1998 to live with his mother.

Robin’s health continued to decline and he became dependent on kidney dialysis three times a week until the time of his death.

Family and friends remember him as a loving and devoted son who maintained a pleasant disposition and seldom complained despite having to endure great pain due to vascular complications of severe diabetes.

He has been said to have a unique, infectious laugh and a gentle caring soul. His family and friends remember him fondly.

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May and Robin Hu were found dead together in their home after an apparent murder-suicide, according to Athens Police officials. Chief Floyd Johnson said a note found on the front door, believed to have been penned by May, requested her remains and those of her son and their beloved cat, Maneki, 10, — which had to be euthanized June 29 due to illness — be cremated, placed in an urn and buried together.


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