Maxie Gambrell was born on March 1, 1924, in Greenville, SC. Mr. Maxie Gambrell entered the world as the eldest child of Lena Brown and TJ Gambrell. He passed away January 8, 2022, in Glenside, PA.
Maxie attended school up to the 4th grade in the Rock Hill, SC school district. He started work at an early age to assist in taking care of the family. In 1941, he was employed by the People's Bakery of Greenville SC until being drafted in 1943. Maxie was stationed in Normandy, France where he served in WW2 until being honorably discharged in 1945. For his service he was awarded the American Theater Campaign Medal, the Eamet Campaign Medal with Four Bronze Service Stars, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Victory Medal.
After the Army, Maxie relocated to the Philadelphia area where he and Willie Mae Gambrell were united in holy matrimony on July 25, 1957. Soon after, the newlyweds purchased a home where they raised their family of 3 (2 sons, Larry and Eric and 1 daughter, Tracey). Over the years, Maxie worked for several companies including Garten Table Pads, the Warrington Country Club, and eventually retired from construction with Yoder Railroad Company.
Maxie, affectionately called Mac, was an avid fisherman who traveled up and down the east coast. Maryland and Massachusetts were among some of his favorite places to fish. When he wasn't on the water, Maxie spent time fixing anything needing repair, working on cars, and playing cards. In his younger years, he enjoyed caddying on the golf course. In his later years on Sundays, he could always be found at New Birth Progressive Primitive Baptist Church. He also took great pleasure in being a family man. Mac did everything from vacuum around the house and take his kids to birthday parties to cook breakfast for his grandkids and watch sports with his wife.
There were many great things that stood out about Maxie, but what distinguished him the most was his pragmatic nature, how much he valued being tidy and on-time, and most importantly how he lived as an honorable man. Despite real-life challenges like segregation and little formal education, Maxie accomplished what many dreamed to have. His practical nature and savviness to keep life simple allowed him to live a long full life. Everything from how clean he kept his car to how he dressed showed he understood the importance of looking your best so that you can do your best. Most of all, his devotion to his wife, children, and community reflected how he honored God.
Maxie was preceded in death by: Thomas Jefferson Gambrell - father, Lena Brown - mother, Ellen Mae Chandler - sister, and Tracey Lorraine Gambrell - Daughter.
Maxie leaves to forever cherish his memories his wife Willie Mae Gambrell; sons Larry Gambrell and Eric Gambrell; granddaughters Tamika L. Gambrell and Eriana Gambrell-Mitchell; grandsons Robert Gambrell-Mitchell and Eric Gambrell Jr., and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The Gambrell Family
Processional - Pastor Ralph Gambrell Jr. and Family
Opening Hymn - Choice Organist/Soloist TBD
Prayer of Comfort - Pastor Debra Riley
Scripture Reading Old Testament 2 Samuel 23:1-5 - Sheila Gambrell Woodard
Scripture Reading New Testament James 3:13-18 - Deborah Brown
Musical Solo - DeWayne Brown
Acknowledgement Cards - Catherine Antrom
Musical Solo - Choice Soloist TBD
Reading of the Obituary - Joyce Gambrell Carter
Eulogy - Pastor Ralph Gambrell Jr. of Victory Through Christ Outreach Ministry
Washington Crossing National Cemetery
830 Highland Rd, Newtown, PA 18940
To My Husband With Love
From day to day and year to year,
I appreciated you more
And my love grow even deeper
Than it's ever been before
And our little corner of the world
Will always seem to be
A little bit more special
Cause you shared it with me.
Love Always and Forever
Your Wife, Willie Mae Gambrell
The Gambrell Family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the many family members, friends, and loved ones who shared words of comfort during our time of bereavement. To the pallbearers, we are incredibly grateful for the expressions of sympathy and help you extended during our moment of sorrow.
The friendship and support we have been given is truly appreciated. God bless each of you.
The Gambrell Family
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the family gathering will be postponed.