Obituary of Carolyn Joye Maxwell
On Thursday, September 1, 1949, Carolyn Joye was born to Richard and Evelyn Graves in Dallas, Texas. She was born third of six children. Carolyn accepted Christ at the age of six and was baptized at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas by the late Reverend B.F. Briggs. She was a third generation member and remained a faithful servant.
Carolyn attended Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in Dallas and graduated from James Madison High School in 1967. She furthered her studies attending the University of North Texas. Carolyn’s education enhanced her exemplary writing and oral communication skills. As a faithful member of Mount Moriah, this allowed her to exhibit these skills through her service:
- Editor of the Mount Moriah Witness Newsletter
- Extending Birthday Greetings every first Sunday to church members
- Director of the Children’s Department of the Church School, 1980-2007
- Vacation Bible School Director, 1980-2014
- Church Broadcast Announcer for the Church Radio Ministry
- Service Program Ministry
- Church Trustee
- Briggs Award winner for dedicated Christian services and the highest standards of Christian living , April 27, 2001.
On January 19, 1991, she married Eural Wayne Maxwell, Sr. and became stepmother to Eural II, Korbin and Lindsay.
Carolyn’s work career began as an employee with The Dallas Independent School District, and in 1973 was employed by Dallas County, where she served in the Dallas County Clerk’s Office, Civil Division of the court and was promoted in May of 1983 to the position of Civil Manager of Courts and Processing at the Frank Crowley Criminal Courts Building. After 31 years, she retired from Dallas County in 2004.
Little known facts about Carolyn:
- Attended charm school
- Took piano lessons
- She loved to watch the gameshow Jeopardy
- An avid reader of novels
- Enjoyed playing mind-stimulating games
Carolyn enjoyed life, lived it to the fullest, and displayed mannerisms of dignity and respect.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Colleen V. Bell. She leaves to cherish her memory: husband Eural; sisters Wanda Grogan and Oneida Bailey (Bobby Sr.); brothers Richard Graves (Debra), Dennis Graves; aunt, Marguerite Rowe, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other beloved relatives and friends.
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