Freddie Mayes

Freddie Mayes was born and raised in Muhlenberg County, attending Central City High School before attending Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham, pursuing a career in optometry. After 38 years of private practice, Freddie retired and is now serving as the tourism director of the City of Central City.

Freddie has served his community locally and across the commonwealth in a variety of ways. Freddie is the past president of the Kentucky Optometric Association and former chair of the American Optometric Association Membership Committee. Additionally, Freddie continues to serve as treasurer of the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners and exhibits chair of the Southern Council of Optometry.

Locally, Freddie has devoted his time as a former board member of Muhlenberg County Health Department, Owensboro Health Foundation, Madisonville Community College Foundation, First Kentucky Bank, and Old National Bank. Currently, Freddie is a board member of Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Felix E Martin Jr. Hall Advisory Council, and Muhlenberg County Parks. Additionally, Freddie is treasurer of Muhlenberg County Gideons, membership chair of Central City Lions Club, and president of Central City High School Alumni Association. 

Freddie is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Central City. He has been married 50 years to his loving wife, Kay. Together, they have two sons – Wes and Tyler – who are both optometrists. Freddie is the proud grandfather to seven grandchildren.

Freddie Mayes
Tourism Director, City of Central City