George Maxwell

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Reverend George M. Maxwell died on Sunday, August 28. George was born in Augusta, GA on September 11, 1930, and was the second of three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Cleveland Maxwell. George was graduated from Richmond Academy in 1947 and the Virginia Military Institute in 1951, where he was on the golf and diving teams, and earned a degree in electrical engineering. He then served in the Air Force until 1954. These years in military settings gave George a talent for being on time, having things well-organized, and being prepared. George was married to Virginia Dunlap Towill in 1954 at St. Paul's in Augusta and they moved to Columbia, SC where George managed a furniture store that was part of his family's business. He attended confirmation classes at Trinity Episcopal Church, but, according to Virginia, "The classes did not take." They tried a second time with better results and soon found their way to Virginia Theological Seminary. George was graduated from the seminary in 1961. "We were convinced it was a call from God," Virginia once said, "because we would have never thought of it." George was ordained to the diaconate at Trinity, Columbia in 1961, and was immediately sent to be the vicar of St. Christopher's in Spartanburg SC. He was ordained to the priesthood at the Church of the Advent, Spartanburg in 1962. Father Maxwell's next move was to become the assistant rector at the Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota, Florida, and two years later he was called to become the rector of Holy Comforter in Sumter, S. C. In December 1973, Father Maxwell became the 39th rector of Christ Church, Savannah. Father Maxwell was a Fellow at the College of Preachers three times and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. After his retirement in 1991, Father Maxwell was appointed Spiritual Director of the Diocese of Georgia, and has continued to serve as the spiritual director for numerous deacons and priests. Virginia still lives in Savannah. She and George had three children: George, Jr., who is an Episcopal priest in Atlanta; John (Nella), who is a real estate agent in Savannah; and Anne (Bill Hussey), who is an Episcopal priest in Covington, LA. They also had eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at Christ Church Episcopal at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 31. If you want to honor Father Maxwell's ministry, you can make a donation to Christ Church Episcopal or another . Please sign our on-line guest book at

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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Aug. 31, 2016
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