Jerrard Russell Maxwell, 84, passed quietly on September 16, 2014 at Carillon Assisted Living in Hillsborough, NC. Jerry was born on July 3rd, 1930 at the Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, OH to the late Paul Russell Maxwell and Leah Shelt Maxwell.
Following graduation in 1949 from Howe Military School, Howe, IN, Jerry went on to serve in the Army as a radio relay operator during the Korean War. After he returned from Korea, Jerry attended Tri-State College in Indiana and The Ohio State University, completing an Electrical Engineering degree.
Jerry met his bride to be, the late Willie Mae Evans, while on work assignment in Durham, NC. After a brief period of time living in Durham and Pearisburg, Virginia, Jerry and Willie returned to Columbus, OH in 1971 where they raised one son, Evan. Jerry retired from Eaton Corporation in 1995 and returned with Willie to settle once again in Durham.
Jerry was a member of the Freemasons, Community Lodge #684 of Upper Arlington, OH and the Aladdin Shriners of Columbus, OH. He was also an accomplished private pilot serving with the Ohio wing of the Civil Air Patrol, group 8. Jerry enjoyed playing the piano and singing in the church choirs of Mountview Baptist Church, Upper Arlington, OH and First Baptist Church, Durham, NC.
Jerry is survived by his son, Evan Maxwell, of Durham and two brothers: Richard “Dick” Maxwell of Pittsburgh, PA and David Maxwell of Bethlehem, PA.
Visitation is 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 21st followed by a memorial service at 3:00 PM in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main Street, Durham, NC.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jerry’s name to: Duke Home Care & Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704. Online: https://www.gifts.duke.edu/daa Please click on the link “Make A Gift to DUMC” or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 1-800-241-GIFT, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607, Online: https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/donate.