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Woodlawn Cemetery
Saturday September 30th, 2017

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Maxine Woods Murrell

Maxine Woods Murrell, 84, died in Nashville, TN, on Monday, September 18, 2017.

She is survived by her husband, James O. Murrell of Nashville; her son, Mark Murrell of Los Angeles; her daughter, Amy Frogge of Nashville; three grandchildren, Anna and Jack Frogge of Nashville and Jason Robbins of Los Angeles; a brother, T.C. Woods of Jackson; and a sister, Charlotte Anthony of Memphis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Georgia and Troy C. Woods, as well as her sister, Rachel Woods.

Ms. Murrell was born in Choctaw County and spent many years in Cleveland, where she graduated from Cleveland High School in 1951, and where her husband, Jim, coached the Delta State University basketball team for a decade. Maxine earned her B.S. in Business from Delta State College and her M.A. in Philosophy and Religions from the University of Mississipp. She served as an elected member of the Cleveland school board, taught at Mississippi Valley State, and later worked as a physician recruiter in a company founded with her husband. 

Ms. Murrell also spent four years living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and travelling the world with her family and husband, who coached the Saudi Arabia national basketball team. While in Riyadh, she taught English to children of the Saudi royal family.

Maxine loved to read and write, she valued education, and she enjoyed children. She was artistically inclined and sang in a beautiful alto voice. Maxine and her husband, Jim, of 62 years were married at the First Baptist Church in Cleveland, and later became members of the Unitarian Church of the River in Memphis.

The service will be held graveside at the New Cleveland Cemetery on North Bayou Road in Cleveland at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Dr. Macklyn Hubbell will officiate. 

Condolences may be sent to Jim Murrell, 7237 Riverfront Drive, Nashville, TN 37221. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the caregivers at The Waters of Cheatham for their kindness and dedication in caring for Maxine during her last year.

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I just learned of my dear Aunt Maxine, as she felt like an aunt in her compassion and care, passing. Grateful to have had the honor to sit beside her at my parents 50th wedding anniversary.Will never forget our conversations that were showed what a profoundly gifted natural teacher she was. Miss the entire family,wishing them long life,though no one could possibly replace Maxine's light.Family must miss her terribly, though she lives on in everything/everyone that reminds of her.Wish I had known,though this doesn't dull the glow of her memory when eyes ascend to her star. You are still very much loved, and the sorrowful ones left here without you, Maxine.

Diane Cooper Dec 12 2019 12:00 AM

Dear family and loved ones: I was sorry to read about the death of Mrs. Murrell. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. It has helped me and many others to know that the Bible promises that soon God will swallow up death forever (Isaiah 25:8) and that He will bring about a resurrection of our dear loved ones (John 5 : 28, 29) . May the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, comfort you during your time of sadness. (2 Corinthians 1: 3)

Johanna Oct 20 2017 12:00 AM

May she rest in peace.

Chris Balducci Sep 29 2017 12:00 AM