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James M. Maxwell

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 2:11 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 2:19 p.m. CST

James M. “Gibby” Maxwell, 87, Forreston, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris.

Jim was born Aug. 1, 1927 in Solgohachia, Ark., the son of James V. and Eva (Chism) Maxwell. 

Jim married Bernice Bull on April 9, 1949 in Arkansas and later married Mary Jean Wearmothe on April17, 1997 in Mountain View, Ark.  

Jim worked for Rockford Black Top for 32 years retiring in 2001.  

He was a member of Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551 and Local 325.

Jim is survived by his wife, Mary Jean Maxwell, Forreston; children, Kenny Maxwell, German Valley, Randy (Suzie) Maxwell, Houston, Texas, Barry Maxwell, Rockford, Janet (Brian) Cunningham, Leaf River, Dan (Barb) Cederholm Sr., Forreston, David Cederholm, Freeport, Kris (Dean) Hemmersbach, Valparaiso, Ind.; grandchildren, Mark (Heather) Maxwell, Adam (Sherrie) Maxwell, Amanda Maxwell, Seth Maxwell, Lee, Travis and Jacob Cunningham, Leah (John) Pagone, Brandon (Natalie) Cederholm, Dan Cederholm Jr., Chris (Chelsey) Cederholm, Amanda (Justin) Johnson, Marty Hemmersbach, and Sarah Hemmersbach; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ida Mae Foshee, Solgohachia, Ark.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and six sisters.

A memorial service will be held on Friday Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt, Mt. Morris, with Rev. Scott Ralston officiating.  

A private burial will be at North Grove Evangelical Cemetery, Leaf River.  

Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. until service time at Finch Funeral Home.

Memorials will be determined.

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