DOGWOOD - Walter Ray Maxwell, 84, died Jan. 14, 2004, at his home.
Born March 20, 1919, at Bertrand, son of the late Walter and Nettie Holland Maxwell, he moved to Collierville, Tenn., in the early 1970s where he was a carpenter before retiring. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served with the Sea Bees during World War II. He returned to the Dogwood community in 1989 and attended the Dogwood Methodist Church.
His wife, Betty Bone Maxwell, preceded him in death.
Survivors include: one son, Chuck Maxwell of Collierville; one daughter, Joycelyn Mason of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two brothers, Leland Maxwell and Harland Maxwell of Sikeston; two sisters, Edna Heath of East Prairie and Blanche Blackman of Charleston; and five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were one son, Tommy Maxwell; and one sister, Norma Hurley.
Visitation begins at 5 p.m. today at Shelby Funeral Home where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday. The Revs. Harold Norton and Charles Carr will officiate.
Brown-Twitty American Legion Post 595 of New Madrid and the Missouri Military Honors Program will conduct graveside military rites at the Dogwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Bob Maxwell, Jerry Maxwell, Bill Maxwell, Ronnie Hurley, Max Blackman and Phil Blackman.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Keith Maxwell and Jim Bishop; and the James Bayou Cookers: Harold Lemons, Calvin Lemons, Sidney Drummond, Jackie Barker, Teddy Bennett, Bobby Ditto, Danny Russell, Rick Givens, Jerry Burton, Bill Brewer, David Hodges and Randall Blankenship.