Remembering Maxwell

Published 10:23 am Tuesday, April 28, 2015

D.W. Maxell served the city as an alderman for eight years. He died Sunday.

D.W. Maxell served the city as an alderman for eight years. He died Sunday.

Former Alderman D. W. Maxwell died April 26 at Saint Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson due to health complications. 

D.W. Maxwell, a native to Brookhaven, served two terms, a total of eight years, as alderman for ward 5 in the city of Brookhaven.

“He was a really good friend of mine, I could trust him,” Ward 2 Alderman Terry L. Bates said about Maxwell.

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Bates, who served two terms on the city board with Maxwell, said he enjoyed working with him. “He was a man of his word. If he told you something that’s what is going to do.”

Bates commended Maxwell on his work with rezoning the wards in the city.

“[Maxwell] was a swell guy,” he said.

Ward 4 Alderman Shirley Estes, who also served two terms with Maxwell, said he was a faithful servant to the city of Brookhaven as an Alderman.

“He and I disagreed more than we agreed, but he was overly knowledgeable and tenaciously aggressive in his arguments,” former Mayor Les Bumgarner said. “He served the people in his ward with pride and vigor. “

Bumgarner said he served four years as a fellow board member with Maxwell, plus another four years when Bumgarner was mayor. Bumgarner said Maxwell served Brookhaven well.

“He really was a good politician. He was a blessing to the city when he was down there,” Bates said. “He encouraged me to do a lot of things.”

Bates said he really appreciated him and let Maxwell know that he respected him.

Riverwood Family Funeral Service is handling services for Maxwell. Visitation is from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 at Riverwood. Maxwell’s funeral service will start at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church.