Funeral services for Mrs. Maxine Ellen Chatham, 83, of Oil City, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at the Milo Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Johnston and the Rev. Hurshel Baker officiating. Interment will follow on the Chatham Farm at Oil Springs Cemetery. Services are under the direction and care of Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.
Maxine was born December 15, 1928, at Chattanooga, Okla., to the late Mr. Rex Pender and Mrs. Opal Juanita (Wylie) Pender. She departed this life Sunday, September 23, 2012, at her home in Oil City.
Maxine moved to this area at a young age and attended school initially at Wheeler. She later attended school at Rexroat and graduated from high school there in 1948. She and Mr. James Chatham were later united in marriage that same year and made their home in Oil City. They farmed and ranched all their years together living in Oil City. Maxine was a very devoted housewife who never minded working in the fields or with the cattle. She enjoyed people of every kind and was always very active in the surrounding communities. She loved attending all the area garage sales and helped a lot of people in need. She was a member of the Graham Assembly of God Church. James preceded her in death on November 22, 2005.
Also preceding her in death, were her parents; infant brother, Bobby Ray; and brother, Roy.
Survivors include her children, Jimmy Rex Chatham and Stacy of Oil City, Joyce Pletcher and husband, Don of Springer, and Buck Chatham and wife, Gail of Lone Grove; sister, Hazel McKee and husband, Kenneth of Oil City; two grandchildren, Cassidy Ray Johns and husband, Chris of Kansas City, Mo., and Katie Chatham of Norman; great-grandchild, Abigale Lynn; niece, Brenda Davis; nephew, Mike McKee; and numerous other family and friends.
Pallbearers are Alex Miller, Clifford Slawson, Rick Pender, Cooter Pender, Don Pletcher and Brad Pletcher.
The family would like to give a special thank you to all those who cared for Maxine the past few months, especially Charlie, Tammy, Ruberta, Dr. Joe Hamill and the nurses and staff of Cross Timbers Hospice.
Family visitation will be from 6-8 this evening at Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.
Condolences may be sent online at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.