James E. "Moose" Maxwell, 81, of Dunbar died at home peacefully on February 2, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Hilda (Mick) and Charles "Boone" Maxwell, stepmother Jacqueline (Hunt) Maxwell; brother, Robert Maxwell and sister-in-law, Dianna (White) Maxwell.
Jim was born in Gilmer County on July 10, 1932 and moved to Dunbar when he was a small child.
He graduated from Dunbar High School in 1950 and was proud to be a Bulldog. He lettered in basketball every year in high school, he also played football and baseball. He helped with the startup of the Pony league and loved working with children.
He attended Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, where he played baseball and basketball. He joined the US Army in February 1953 and was honorably discharged. After returning home from the service, he traveled to Cleveland, OH and was employed at the Foote-Burt Company and Reynolds Aluminum Company. When Reynolds moved from Cleveland, he began working for the Zagar Co. He retired in 1992 and returned home to Dunbar.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dunbar. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Madelene Maxwell; one daughter, Deborah (Mike) Molloy of Virginia Beach, Va; brothers, Bill Maxwell and Jerry (Pam) Maxwell , all of Dunbar; sister-in-law, Amanda Maxwell, of Cross Lanes; several nieces, nephews, and cousins, whom he loved and was very proud of.
A special thanks to Patricia Souder, (sister-in-law), of Mentor, OH; and Heather Maxwell for all of their support, love and care given to Jim during his illness. Also a special thank you to the David Lee Cancer Center, Dr. Nagarajan, and the staff of Kanawha HospiceCare for their exceptional care during his illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. on Thursday, February 6, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Rev. Doyle D. Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Park in Dunbar.
Friends may call from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 5, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Job's Temple, in care of Louella Stalnaker, 9 Lorentz Drive, Glenville, WV 26351, or David Lee Cancer, Charleston, WV.