MADILL — Earl Donald “Don” Maxwell passed away on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Veterans Center in Ardmore. Don was born Dec. 25, 1929, in Marshall County. He was reared in the communities of Cumberland, Aylesworth and Bowlin. He was baptized as a young boy in Lake Texoma. His parents, H. E. “Slim” and Lillian Christeen Alford Maxwell; Don’s brother, Bobby; and sisters, Hazel, Lillie Ann and Diana, moved to land purchased north of Madill on Randolph Bottom Road. Don graduated from Madill High School in 1947. Don enlisted in the U. S. Navy on Aug. 10, 1950, and trained in Navrecsta, San Diego, Calif., and was in ports of Hawaii, Japan and Korea. He was assigned to the ship USS LST 802 during the Korean War. During his service he received the Good Conduct Medal, Navy Occupation (Asia), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Ribbon (five Battle Stars) and United National Service Medal. Sea service was three years, six months and 22 days. His honorable discharge was June 4, 1954. The 802 ferried Army and Marine Corps personnel and British Royal Marine Commanders, and served as a floating base for a helicopter. He later attended what is now called Murray State College at Tishomingo, where he met the love of his life, Linda Mae Lewis from Pontotoc, Okla., so on Feb. 26, 1955, they were married. Their first child, a girl, Carolyn Sue, was born Nov. 16, 1955. Don completed his associate degree and moved to attend A & M in Stillwater. While there, the family would travel back to Madill to help with the farming, and his son, E. D., was born July 29, 1957. Back at Stillwater, college was put on hold and he started working for an insurance company selling life insurance, and a second daughter, Lana, was born Sept. 12, 1959. The family picked up and moved to Ardmore, where he sold policies for National Life Insurance. He received several sales awards in which he and wife, Linda, would travel. While selling policies, he wanted to work for himself with his hands, and began purchasing hammers and saws for carpentry and construction. He still continued to work on the family farm on weekends.
The summer of 1971, his family moved to Madill. Don continued farming and construction. He loved his family and supported them in all of their school activities and supported their extra-curricular activities of football, basketball, track and FFA. Then came along his children’s marriages and six grandchildren. When his wife of 42 years passed, he continued with the tradition of supporting the third generation with their activities. Don became re-acquainted with a Madill classmate, fellow widower and a very special friend, Sue Scott, of Norman. They enjoyed everything OU. After semi-retirement in his 70s, Don enjoyed meeting up at the local McDonald’s with his buddies for coffee and sausage biscuits with grape jelly every morning, and he also enjoyed feeding the deer in Montana while visiting with his son, E.D. Don was diagnosed with early onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s on Nov. 8, 2011. He was admitted to the Ardmore VA Center on Nov. 27, 2012, where he lived until his peaceful passing on Feb. 3, 2018.
Don was survived by children: Carolyn Sue Maxwell, Madill; E. D. Maxwell and wife, LaDonna, Great Falls, Mont.; and Lana Billings and husband, Randy, Ardmore; grandchildren: Andrea Sue O’Steen and husband, Greg, Grand Prairie, Texas; Amilia Jo Cato and husband, John, Quanah, Texas; Jody Maxwell and wife, Elizabeth, Enloe, Texas; Tara Orr and husband, Justin, Madill; Jessica and husband; Shawn Pierce, Madill; Judd Bean and wife, Beverly, Madill; Chase and wife, Chantelle Ladd, Yukon; Terry and wife, Shay Billings, Roff, Okla.; Randal and wife, Kaylee Billings, Mill Creek, Okla.; and Cali and husband, Buddy Lewis, Ardmore; great-grandchildren: Lainey O’Steen, Grand Prairie, Texas; Ethan and Eli Cato, Quanah, Texas; Aubrey Orr, Madill; Lindyn Pierce, Madill; Max and Logan Bean, Madill; Alaura and Jake Billings, Roff, Okla.; and Adyson and Bayden Lewis, Ardmore; sisters: Hazel Wheeler, Oklahoma City; Lillie Ann Duncan and husband, Jack, Bells, Texas; and Diana Cumbie and husband, Terry, Plano, Texas; and special friend: Sue Scott, Norman.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Earl Maxwell and Lillian Christeen Alford Maxwell; his wife, Linda Mae Lewis Maxwell; and brother, Bobby Jack Maxwell.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, Feb. 6, 2018, with a family hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at the Watts Memorial Chapel, Madill. Joe Hartin will officiate the service. Music arranged by Carolyn Maxwell and Sue Beard. Services will be under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Okla. Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.