January 14, 1928 ~ May 5, 2019

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

John Wayne Maxwell, 91, of Asheville, died Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the Charles George VA Medical Center.

Born in Buncombe County to the late Homer R. and Camilla Webb Maxwell, he worked in HVAC maintenance at the VA Hospital and served in the US Navy during WWII. Other than his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Hart Maxwell; brother, H.L. Maxwell; sisters, Juanita Fuller, Merle Cash, Mabel Maxwell, and Jean Pitts.

Survivors include son, John Maxwell (Becky); daughter, Beth Brittain (Mark); grandchildren, Dana Paez, Leslie and Aaron Maxwell; great grandchildren, Thomas Paez, Eleanor and Rileigh Savoy, and Lilly Webb..

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Tunnel Road chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Interment will be held Thursday at 12 Noon at the WNC State Veterans Cemetery with visitation from 10:30 – 11:30 AM at the funeral home prior to the interment.


Visitation: May 8, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Burial: May 9, 2019 12:00 am

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


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  1. I loved your dad, and I love you all dearly. Many hugs, prayers, and thoughts of comfort for each of you.

  2. Beth, you Dad was the warmest and kindest person. He was very uplifting and always thinking of others❤️ Knowing him was an absolute pleasure and he will be greatly missed .. Hope that you and your family find peace and comfort in this difficult time… Love you all❤️

  3. John Wayne was one of my favorite patients. He loved biofreeze for his knees and shoulders. He often talked about John and Beth. He would tell me Dorothy stories and how he took care of her cats after she passed. He looked forward to the liar’s club at the Burger King where he met with friends for coffee in the mornings. He was generous and kind always. He will be dearly missed. We will see you again John Wayne! Prayers for the family at this difficult time.

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