February 16, 1923 ~ October 13, 2020

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Leicester – Maxine Brookshire, 97, went to be with the Lord at her home in Leicester on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Maxine was born February 16, 1923, to the late Robert and Maggie Smith Brookshire. She was a lifelong resident of Leicester.

She was a graduate of Leicester High School and Biltmore College and received her B.S. and M.A. degrees from Western Carolina University.

For 41 years Maxine taught school in Buncombe County, two years at Red Oak High School and 39 years at Leicester Elementary School. After retiring in 1985, she enjoyed spending time researching her family genealogy and working in her garden. She always loved having family and friends visit her. She was a member of West Asheville Baptist Church.

Being the last member of her immediate family, she was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Bron Patterson Brookshire; four sisters, Reva B. Murray, Clara B. Doll, Christine E. Brookshire and Agatha June Brookshire; and a niece, Eleanor G. Murray.

She is survived by several cousins and close friends.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Stan Welch officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. To achieve social distancing, services in Groce chapels are limited to 50, and face masks are required.

Miss Brookshire will lie in repose at Groce Funeral Home from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. Thursday where friends may pay their respects.

The family recognizes with appreciation Maxine’s caregivers, Bonnie Hardy, Summer Kaczmarski, Debra Hance, Lisa Williams, Tammy Padgett and Crystal Barrett.

Services

Funeral Service: October 16, 2020 10:00 am

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Burial:

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-9831

For those who wish to pay their respects: October 15, 2020 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. Maxine Brookshire was one of God’s special gifts to His world. She was a humble, gracious and sweet Christian woman whose influence will bear fruit for years to come. As a revered teacher of hundreds of boys and girls she impacted lives with her knowledge , wisdom and practical insights. She and her sister June were very special servants of the Lord at West Asheville Baptist Church. For many years they assisted the Music Ministry with their expertise as make up artists and costuming assistants. I will miss my dear friend, Maxine, but I rejoice for her that she is now with the Savior she loved and served so faithfully and she has been reunited with her precious family whom she dearly loved.
    Ellen Johnson (e.j.)

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  2. Ms. Brookshire, was my favorite 5th grade teacher at Leicester Elementary. She was a very positive influence on my life & many others. May you Rest in Peace. Fly high our angel.

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  3. Maxine Brookshire taught me and then our son. She was a very special teacher and friend. We enjoyed visiting with her, learning history of Leicester and hearing about her family. Our prayers are with her family and friends.

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  4. I cried because I didn’t get Miss Brookshire for my seventh grade teacher. She was the one I had been looking forward to. I have enjoyed visiting and talking with her, always amazed how she could remember everyone she taught over the years. I am praying for her family.

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  5. She was such a wonderful teacher! I have thought about her many times over the years, and am saddened to learn of her passing. She inspired so many of her students, including me.

    My heartfelt sympathies to her family! God bless her soul!

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  6. Ms Brookshire was one of my favorite teachers. I can still remember some of the things she taught me and the way she explained subjects. She was a special lady!

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  7. My Mom, the late Blaine Blankenship Huntley, also taught at Red Oak in her early years in the early 1940s after graduating from Asheville Normal College. There is a good chance she and Maxine taught together. Mom was born in 1921 and died in 2008 of Alzheimer’s. Maxine and my Mom influenced countless kids with their knowledge and life’s experiences. The Guestbook dedications from former students says it all. May they both have everlasting peace. They both ran the good race. Gerry Huntley, Fairview, NC. 828-318-4013. gerryh1947@yahoo.com

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  8. Miss Maxine was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We will miss her. She loved Jesus and served him faithfully and now she is with Him forever!

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  9. I only worked with ms. Brooks hire for a year at Leicester Elementary, but she was very sweet and made me feel welcome. When she retired, she told me to look through her things and take what I wanted. I retired in 2013 and probably still have many of the workbooks she gave me! Rest In Peace, my sweet friend!

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  10. Miss Brookshire is one of the most influential teachers I had the privilege to be with at Leicester Elementary c School! May she rest in peace.

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