First Posted: 1/15/2009
Maxine Chavis, 52, of Cedarwood Apartments, 17 Ruth Dial St., Pembroke, died July 9, 2005, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
The funeral will be 4 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson's Funeral Home Chapel on Prospect Road. Burial will follow in Lumbee Memorial Gardens.
Chavis was born Feb. 5, 1953, and was a daughter of James Calvin and Myrtle Harding Chavis. She was a graduate of the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton. She worked in various industries, and she once served as a teacher assistant for deaf children in Robeson County Public Schools.
She was a member of the National and North Carolina Associations of the Deaf and was active in local deaf association chapters in Robeson and surrounding counties. She supported the North Carolina School for the Deaf and returned each year for homecoming activities. She worshipped at various churches in surrounding counties that provided a ministry for the deaf.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Calvin; two brothers, Thomas Chavis and Roscoe Chavis; and an infant sister, Myrtle Vene Chavis.
Surviving are her mother, Myrtle Harding Jacobs of Pembroke; two sisters, Annie Bell Baker and her husband, Delbert, of Lexington, S.C., and Maybelle Elk and her husband, Ronnie, of Pembroke; two brothers, Henry Braxton “Dickie” Chavis of Augusta, Ga., and Larry Kent Chavis of Pembroke; six nieces, Karen, Glenda, Dawn, Susie, Teresa and Kristen; seven nephews, Delbert Junior, Timmy, Mike, Christopher, Kelvin, Jamie and Jonathan; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Thompson's Funeral Home and at other times at the home of Ronnie and Maybelle Elk, 71 Old Landing Road, Pembroke.