Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 1, 2013

Beverly “Bev” James Maxwell

SPANISHBURG — Beverly “Bev” James Maxwell, 65, of Spanishburg died Saturday morning, June 29, 2013 at Princeton Community Hospital.

Born in Princeton on March 25, 1948, he was the son of the late Will O. and Grace Bowling Maxwell.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Michael Maxwell and two brothers, Robert and Bennie Maxwell.

Bev was a graduate of Spanishburg High School, Concord University and Bridgemont Technical College. He was a basketball referee, a Director for various Run/Walk races in the area, was previously employed by 911, he had retired from the United States Postal Service and presently was working for the WV Dept. of Highways. He was a charter member of the Bluestone Valley Volunteer Fire Dept., was a Captain and Training Officer of the Athens Volunteer Fire Dept., was an Emergency Medical Technician and was involved in community activities including the Spanishburg School PTO, the Bluestone Valley Fair and he was a member of the Shawnee Baptist Church in Kegley. Bev was a contract instructor at the National Fire Academy in Emmittsburg, Maryland, a First Aid and CPR instructor with the National Safety Council and Princeton Community Hospital; he had extensive training in Hazmat, Terrorism, Extrication and Basis Life Support. Additionally he was an Adjunct professor at New River Community and Technical College.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 44 years, Priscilla Kade Maxwell. Two sons, Scott Maxwell and his wife Kathleen of Lewisburg and Brian Maxwell and his wife Andrea of Ohio. Two sisters, Barbara Maxwell of Spanishburg and Bonnie Hughes and her husband Mark of Magnolia, Mississippi. Sister in law, Nancy Crews and her husband Doug of Delaware. Brother in law, Jim Kade and his wife Kathy of Bluefield, Virginia. Sisters in law, Lou Maxwell and Peggy Maxwell Freeman. Numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

We will celebrate the life of Bev Maxwell on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Chris Richards officiating. Burial will follow in the Bowling Cemetery in Spanishburg.

A firefighter's service will be conducted and members of the fire departments will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 1, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

The Maxwell family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

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