Maxie Brown, 93, of Homerville, passed away on June 18, 2023, at Baptist Village in Waycross after an extended illness. She was born in 1930 in Nicholls, Georgia, the daughter of Hattie and William H. Willis. A Depression-era baby, she was one of eight children and grew up in a sharecropper family, losing her father when she was a very young girl.
In her young adulthood, Maxie become a nurse, and while working at the Atlantic Coastline Hospital in Waycross, she met her future husband, Ray, where he was a patient after serving in World War II. They married and had two children, June and Robbie, and moved to Homerville, where Maxie worked for many years as a nurse for Dr. A.I. Robbins and later Dr. Lewis Chisholm.
She was a caring wife, mother and a doting grandmother and great-grandmother. She and Ray were devoted members of Homerville United Methodist Church and believed strongly in showing God’s love to others. She served the church for decades not only in attendance but also hosting Circle meetings in her home, preparing food and flower arrangements for church events, setting up communion, working on UMW projects. Maxie was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a talented cook and quilter, a voracious reader, was delighted by birds, had a knack for growing and arranging flowers, and used her talent for caring for others in countless ways. She was strong, opinionated, courageous, faithful and she loved her family and friends deeply.
Maxie was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters and brothers, Arlene, Alice, Jack, Jim, Dave, Eugene, and Bill; and in 2005, her beloved husband, Robert “Ray” Brown, with whom she is now reunited in Heaven. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law; June and Kenton McLaine, and a son and daughter-in-law: Robbie and Wanda Brown, all of Homerville; a granddaughter and grandson-in-law: Jennifer and Brad Green, of Dunwoody; two great-granddaughters: Clara and Katherine Green, of Dunwoody; a bonus granddaughter and grand-son-in-law: Nicole & Matt Spikes of Homerville; a bonus great-grandson and great granddaughter: Laneston Hendricks of Homerville and Carson H. & Bryce Crews, of Patterson; a sister-in-law: Floris Willis, of McDonough, Georgia, and several dear nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Friday, July 7, 2023 at eleven o'clock at the Homerville United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 10:30 till 11 at the church.
She will be privately interred at Pine Forest Cemetery.
The family asks that any gifts of remembrance be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Georgia, 31501 or (hospicesatilla.com).
Sympathy may be expressed online at www.roundtreefuneralhome.net.
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.