Leaving a Recipe of Love
May the life I live speak for me.
May the life (I live) speak for me, When I'm resting in my grave,
there's nothing more to be said; may the life (the life I live)
let it speak for me, (for me) …Joyce
Joyce Elizabeth McClelland Maxie, beloved daughter of the late Johnny McClelland and Hazel Woods McClelland Ellis, was born in Iredell County on October 9,, 1944. She departed this life on Thursday, February 2, 2012, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville surrounded by her loved ones.
Joyce graduated from Unity High School in 1964 and following her graduation, she relocated to Asbury Park, New Jersey. While in Asbury Park, she was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church where she served on numerous auxiliaries. Following her return to Statesville, she attended St. Joseph Baptist Church and at one time was a member of the Gospel Choir and served on the Kitchen Committee. She was employed by Iredell Memorial Hospital and retired after twenty years of service. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed a variety of things and specialized in baking cakes.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Clarence McClelland, and a sister, Mary E. Adams.
Left to cherish the beautiful memories of her life are her husband, Johnnie Maxie of the home; two daughters, Tamillia Davis and Regina Pugh, both of Greenville, N. C.; a step-father, Andrew Ellis of Statesville; three grandchildren, Quanda Davis, Anesti Jones and Leyla Warren, all of Greenville, N. C.; a sister, Betty McClelland of Statesville; a brother, Harold Ikard of Statesville; one step sister, Shirley Ikard of Statesville; a step-brother, Jimmy Ikard of Statesville; a special cousin-sister, Alberta Nixon of Statesville; four brother-in-law, Herman (Tracie) Maxie and Edward Maxie, both of Cleveland, Ohio, Adell (Lillie) Maxie and Albert Maxie, both of Albany, Georgia; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Maxie of Cleveland, Ohio and Delois (James) Harding of Albany, Georgia; her step-children, Johnnie Maxie and Ricky Maxie, both of New Jersey, Gregory Maxie of Augusta, Georgia, Diani (Luther) Markum and Catherine Brown, of New Jersey; several special friends, Eula Green, Rosa Blackmon, Dorothy Crap, Elaine Mayberry, Edna Livingston, Phyllis Stevenson, Thelma Hall, Bonnie Allison, Marie Long, Della Fraizer, Stephon Carr and Twanna White; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, church family and friends.
Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Monday, February 6, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at The Mary B. Bigham Memorial Chapel of Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home. Rev. Perry Dye will officiate and burial will follow in the St. Joseph Baptist Church Cemetery.
Members of the family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m.. at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home, but will assemble at the residence, 825 Knox Avenue, at other times.
Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary is serving the Maxie family.
With Our Heartfelt Thanks
With deep appreciation and gratitude, the family acknowledges the many comforting words, prayers, visits, floral arrangements, and other expressions of kindness and concern shown during our bereavement. Special thanks to the Doctors, Nurses and Staff of Iredell Memorial Hospital and The Gordon Hospice House. May God’s richest blessings remain with each of you.