Beverly C. May, 72, former president and chairman of the board of the AB&W Transist Co., died Sunday at Circle Terrace Hospital in Alexandria after a stroke.

Mr. May was a teen-ager when he started working with his father, the late Robert L. May, who had founded what became the Alexandria Barcroft and Washington Transit Co. in 1921, and his mother, the late Lulu May, who also was active in the business from the beginning.

By 1924, Beverly May became an officer of the rapidly expanding company and he eventually was named its president. He gave up that position in 1971, but remained chairman of the board until Febuary, 1973, when AB&W was sold to Metro.

Mr. May was one of the founders of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Alexandria and was elected chairman of its board in 1968, a position he held until December, 1976.

He also was a charter member of the board of the former Mount Vernon National Bank and a charter member of the Alexandria Lions Club.

A member of the advisory commitee of the Salvation Army, he belonged to the American Transit Association and was a founder of the Virginia Passenger Bus Association. He was a member of the Belle Haven Country Club.

Born in Washington, Mr. May had attended Hargrave Military Academy and the University of Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia [WORD ILLEGIBLE] of the home in Alexandria; a daughter, Martha [WORD ILLEGIBLE] of Taylors Island, Md.; a son, Beverly C. Jr., of Alexandria; a sister, Mrs. David Haddock, of Alexandria, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

His father died in December, 1962, and his mother died five months later.

The family suggest that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the Salvation Army.