Mr. Manny Maxwell, 94, of 1204 Woodberry Road, Kinston, NC peacefully entered into eternal life Friday morning, March 26, 2021 in the quietness of his home. Graveside services for Mr. Maxwell will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Kinston, NC, with military honors observed. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 at the Funeral Home from 3:00 until 6:00 PM. Social distancing and facial masks are required at the funeral home and cemetery.
Manny J. Maxwell was born to the late Sam and Myra Maxwell on June 30, 1926 in Quitman, Georgia. Manny was a lover of all sports, country music and guitar playing. He was also an avid reader ofcountry and western books along with any current news information on he could get his hands on. Manny was a great story-teller, teller of jokes and performer of the camel walk (dancing). He was a Gunnery Sgt. who served his country for twenty two years in the US Marine Corps where he fought in WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam War. Among many awards and medals, Manny received a Purple Heart during the Vietnam War, then moved his beloved wife and three children from Honolulu, Hawaii to Kinston, NC where he worked at the Camp LeJeune USMC Base in Jacksonville, NC.
He retired from civil service at Camp LeJeune after over twenty years of service. As a Montfort Point Marine, Manny was awarded by President Barack Obama in 2011 a Congressional Gold Medal for being one of nearly twenty thousand African-American Marines to serve from 1942-1949 but trained in a segregated training facility known as Montfort Point Camp in Jacksonville, NC. These Marines endured many sacrifices as they fought valiantly in wars supporting the interests of the US while enduring inequality in their own country. Their efforts and sacrifices eventually ended the military’s longstanding policy of racial segregation.
In Kinston, NC, Manny was a member of the St. Augustus AME Zion church for over fifty years where he served in various capacities. He was also a member of the King David Masonic Lodge No. 24.
Manny married Bessie Faulks and is the father of their three children: Cedric of South Easton, MA, Ronald (Lisa) of Malden, MA and Lisa of Findlay, OH. He is the grandfather of seven: Shemeka Maxwell, Morgan Maxwell, Bryan Maxwell, Justin Maxwell, Madison Maxwell, Devin Maxwell and Yannick Gbadouwey and the great-grandfather of Acacio and three month old, Gaia.
Manny was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Myra Maxwell, nine siblings: Sam Maxwell, Jr., Frank Maxwell, Mary Denson, Sarah Holden, Annie B. Thomas, Emma Jo Hollis, Pearlie Davis, Wilson Maxwell and Rose McMillian. He is also survived by one sibling, Myra Dunlap of Quitman,
GA, nephew Billy Joe Maxwell and a host of other relaves and friends. Manny reminded us often of the words his mother shared with him, “Don’t be afraid of dying as it is a part of life. This world is not our home”
Services of Love, Dignity and Care are being rendered by Albritton-Carraway Funeral Home.
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