Louis graduated from Goldsboro High School and attended Davidson College. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and, after completing his service, Louis graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill.
He was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and an Eagle Scout. Louis was Chairman of the Board of Goldsboro Milling Company, a family owned business involved in many ventures including swine, real estate, poultry, and Butterball, LLC.
He made many contributions to the betterment of his communities, state and country through his dedicated involvement in many organizations and passionate service on numerous boards.
There will be a private graveside service at The Maxwell Family Cemetery.
He is survived by four children and their children and grandchildren, daughter, Mary Ann Maxwell; daughter, Charlotte Maxwell Weaver and husband, Harroll Hudson Weaver, and their children, Maxwell Jeffreys Weaver and wife Leigh Anna Weaver, and their son, Maxwell Jeffreys Weaver, Jr., James Harroll Weaver, David Hudson Weaver and wife, Tracey Harrell Weaver, and their children, David Hudson Weaver, Jr. and Leslie Forbes Weaver, and Kathryn Weaver Sumrell and husband, Stephen Cale Sumrell, and their children, Weaver Davenport Sumrell and Isabelle Kathryn Sumrell; daughter, Elizabeth Maxwell Yarboro and husband, Thomas Richard Yarboro, and their children, Thomas Richard Yarboro, Jr., Virginia Marshall Yarboro, Eleanor Maxwell Yarboro, and Charlotte Ruth Yarboro; son, James Louis Maxwell III and wife, Gina Comer Maxwell, and their children, Lily Page Maxwell and James Louis Maxwell IV.
In addition to his parents, Louis was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Jeffreys Maxwell, and his sister, Effie Ruth Maxwell Pike.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at his home, 711 Lake Shore Drive, Goldsboro.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to honor Mr. Maxwell be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 204 E. Chestnut St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530; UNC Memory Disorders Program, c/o Medical Foundation of North Carolina, 880 MLK Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, N.C., 27514; or Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sey mourfuneralhome.com
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