Friday, March 12, 2010

Petty Officer First Class Charles Gilbert Maxey, USN (Ret.)

Charles Gilbert Maxey was born April 9, 1939 and passed away on March 5, 2010, at the age of 70, at his home in Jarrell, Texas.

Charles Maxey served his country proudly in the United States Navy for 20 years, retiring as a Petty Officer First Class.  After his retirement, he served Williamson County, Texas as a Deputy Sheriff.   He took great pride in impacting the lives of those he encountered as he served in that capacity.  He was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Walburg, Texas.

On March 11, Patriot Guard Riders from the Austin and Centex regions gathered at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Walburg to honor this fallen veteran.  The Riders formed a line of American flags at the entrance of the church to welcome family and friends as they arrived for the funeral services.  Also present were Deputies of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department and officers of the Austin Police Department to provide traffic control for the ensuing funeral procession.

At the conclusion of the services, the Riders stood at attention and saluted as the casket was moved from the church to the waiting funeral hearse.  The Riders then escorted the hearse to the nearby cemetery for final prayers and military honors.

At the cemetery, the Riders enveloped the gathering with a line of American flags as the Lord’s Prayer was recited by the family and many friends.

A United States Army rifle detail fired three volleys of fire, representing Honor, Duty and Country.  A bugler played taps.  The flag that had draped the casket was folded into a tight triangle by two Navy Petty Officers and presented to the family on behalf of the President of the United States, a grateful nation, and a proud Navy.

Petty Officer First Class Charles Gilbert Maxey was then laid to rest on a warm, sunny spring day, on the gentle slope of the St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Nora, five daughters, one son, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many other family and dear friends.

With thanks to the Gabriels Funeral Chapel for biographical information.

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