Maxie Williams

Maxie Williams, 69, of Squaw Run Road, Ellwood City, passed away on Tuesday, July 7th at UPMC Mercy Hospital. Born on June 28, 1940 in Granite Falls, NC, Maxie was the son of the late William Thad and Mozelle Cozart Williams. After graduating from Granite Falls High School, he served in the US Army from 1958-1961. Following that, he attended Southeastern Louisiana University on a football scholarship and later graduated. In 1965 he was drafted into the National Football League by the Houston Oilers. He played in Houston one year and then was taken in the expansion draft by the Miami Dolphins where he was an offensive lineman from 1966-1971. From 1975 to 1977 Maxie was the director and head football coach at Patterson School in Lenoir, NC. During this time, he was also the head coach of the semi-pro Caldwell County Bulldogs. From 1977 through 1979 he taught health and physical education at St. Paul School in Covington, LA and also was the head football coach. From 1979 to 1981 he taught and was the head football coach at Fike High School in Wilson, NC. Maxie taught and was the head football coach at Beaver Local High School in Lisbon, OH from 1981 to 1985. In 1985, Maxie began teaching and coaching at New Brighton High School. He served as the head football coach there until 1992 and later retired from teaching in 1995. He also was defensive line coach at Geneva College from 1992-1993. Most recently, Maxie was a volunteer football coach for the Ellwood City Wolverines. Maxie was inducted into the Southeastern Louisiana Hall of Fame, the Caldwell County North Carolina Hall of Fame and was named by the AP North Carolina High School Division 4-A Coach of the Year for 1980. In 1995 he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and started his career in fitness training at the Ellwood Family Center, later moving to the Shelby Building. He opened Maxie-Mum Fun and Fitness Center on Lawrence Avenue and; after selling that business, he continued teaching weight and toning classes and Silver Sneakers at Apple Rehabilitation in Ellport. Maxie was a member of the NFL Players Association, NFL Alumni, the National Education Association and state education associations. He attended Holy Redeemer Church. Maxie enjoyed people and "working out his ladies" at the gym. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports. He is survived by his wife, the former Karen Marino, whom he married July 4, 1981, a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Caron Williams of Virginia Beach, VA, a daughter and son-in-law, Cara and Robert Freshcorn of Morgantown, WV, a son, Marc Williams of Mercer, PA, a daughter, Dawn E. Williams of Ellwood City, a daughter-in-law, Rebecca L. Williams of Georgetown, PA, 8 grandchildren: Shannon and Tim Freshcorn, Cody, Jordan, Gregg, Caitlyn, Trevor and Carson Williams, a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Bert Dixon of Granite Falls, NC and two brothers and sisters-in-law: Tony and Hilda Williams of Lutz, FL and Bob and Cheryl Williams of Advance, NC. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Jake Williams. Visitation will be held at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport on Thursday, July 9th from 7-9 PM and Friday, July 10th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 11th at 10:00 AM at Holy Redeemer Church with Fr. Mark L. Thomas, celebrant. Entombment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Maxie Williams Athletic Scholarship Fund in care of ESB Bank.


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Frank W. Campbell

2010-01-12 00:00:00

Coach Williams, I can not express in words the difference you made for me at Patterson School and later in life. You were my greatest life mentor and inspiration. I never forgot you. I will miss you and your guilding heart. Thank you for changing my life You will allways be my coach. Go Bulldogs.


Gary McClellan

2009-07-30 00:00:00

I am sorry to hear of coach Williams passing. Patterson School was an awsome experience because of people like coach Williams. I think I speak for all when I say we were blessed to have him in our lives as young boys. He was a great mentor and friend.
Go Bulldogs! God Bless


Willie West

2009-07-24 00:00:00

Maxie will be fondly remembered by his old teammates at the Dolphins. My sympathy to his family as they cope with this loss.


Trudy & Mike McKinnon

2009-07-15 00:00:00

Karen
We are praying for you at this time of great loss. I am crying with you.We will always remember all the fun times we have had over the last 28 years together. Eating out, riding to the Beaver Local football games. When some of the players passed us in their car we knew that wasn't good! You have been a dear friend and we will always stay in touch. Hold on to your wonderful memories of a wonderful man. His contagious smile always met us at the door and he was always there for us you both were. You were a special couple both so in love and so fit for each other. Maxi was taken away too soon but he is in Heaven rejoicing. We love you if you ever need us call. We will be in touch.

To Mark, Dawn, Kara and Jeff
Your dad was the best dad I ever met. He loved each of you and was so proud of all of you. He loved your spouse's and spoke highly of them and his grandkids well they were the apple of his eye. Remember the good times and live your life like he showed you and someday you will be together again. Stay close to Karen she was the love of his life besides each of you, she was his sweet thing and loves all of you.
We are praying for all of you
Love
Mike and Trudy


Ed Livingston

2009-07-15 00:00:00

Life gives little periods when people come and go through our lives. Maxie was one of those special people who comes along once in a graet while. As a former player of his he had faith in me when I had little, and the faith he held for others, inspired others. The world is lesser place without people like Maxie!


Rachel Morini Mcgreal

2009-07-10 00:00:00

My family and I are so sad for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. And I know I don't have to tell you what you already know, but Maxie was the true model of a man. One of the great ones....heaven must have needed another angel.

Peace and Love,
Rachel Morini


Melvin Fruge (cajun)

2009-07-10 00:00:00

Sorry about your loss. maxie was like a father to me as a freshman at SLC. We all loved him.


Tim Foley

2009-07-10 00:00:00

I met Maxie in the summer of '70. He was a veteran with the Miami Dolphins. I was an intimidated rookie trying to make the team.Maxie was an exceptional player, teammate and human being. He was alway at the center of the laughter in the locker romm. He was always encouraging the younger players who were aspiring to move onto an NFL roster. It is wonderful to read how many young players were influenced by his knowledge and his attitude after he left the Dolphins. My world was a happier place because Maxie was in it and I am sure that literally thousands of high school and college players, that he influenced, could say the same thing. Great Job, Maxie! See you again, before long:) Tim Foley


Manny Fernandez

2009-07-10 00:00:00

Maxie was one of those people you meet in life and you can never forget. As a temmate in Miami he lifted everbody's spirits. His constant call for P and V still rings in my ears.I know he will be missed by all those whose life he touched and I am just as sure that he has inspired thousands in the same way he inspired all of his teammates on those sweltering summer days in Miami. May God Bless you Maxie in your eternal afterlife.


Bob Kuechenberg

2009-07-10 00:00:00

Maxie was one of the most likeable teammates I have ever had, at any level. If there was even the smallest opportunity to create some good natured and badly needed humor, you knew Maxie had a hand in it. He will be missed by everyone who ever knew him.
God bless you Maxie :)


Rich & Vicki Washinko

2009-07-10 00:00:00

We will always remember Maxie from our days together at Beaver Local High School where we coached together. He was a great football coach and a real legend in the area. I enjoyed our days together both on and off the field. My wife always thought he was such a fine Southern Gentleman with a great personality, and how he would call Karen his "Sweet Thing." Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Karen, and all of the family.


Phil & Lori Wimer & Family

2009-07-10 00:00:00

Karen,
The entire Wimer family would like to send our deepest, heartfelt sympathies to you and your family! You and Maxie made such a wonderful couple and will someday meet again in Heaven. May your Faith sustain you through this sad time!

Love and friendship,
Phil, Lori, Shannon, Joni & Jon-Paul


Ed & Cindy Leymarie

2009-07-10 00:00:00

We will miss seeing that great smile on Squaw Run. Our love to Karen & Family


Andy & Maxine Thiel

2009-07-10 00:00:00

Dear Jeff, Cara, Dawn and Marc,

I am so sorry about the death of your Dad. He was a dear and cherished friend.
I met him at Southestern when he came back following the NFL season to finish up his degree. We had a few classes together. We became close friends when he came down to Louisiana to be the Head FB Coach at St. Paul HS. I was the new head track coach and an assistant on your Dad's FB staff. We had a good 2 years together. I remember you guys very well. Dawn and Marc, you were two cute little kids then and will not remember me. Jeff and Cara, you were "cute too", and may remember. Your Dad and I have stayed in touch through the years and enjoyed our time together when he came back down here. I am honored to be in the SLU Athletic Hall of Fame with him.
I know how much he loved you guys, his grandkids and your spouses. Your Dad had many friends and was loved by many. Like all of you, my heart is heavy too. I loved your Dad very much. Please continue to love and support Karen(Mom)and one another, your Dad would have wanted more!
I regret that I will not be with, due to my wife, Maxine being ill.
All of you will continue to be in my family's prayers.

God Bless and keep You! Andy Thiel


Ed Ridgeway

2009-07-10 00:00:00

Dear Karen,

Sandy and I want to express our deepest sympathy and thoughts to you and the family members at this time. Maxie was a wonderful person, he knew how to bring the best out of people. I will always be grateful for what he did for me while I knew him. I always think about you two. May the Lord bless you and comfort you during this time. With love and gratitude, Ed and Sandy Ridgeway


Jan Powell

2009-07-10 00:00:00

I will miss my old friend & teammate at S.L.U..Thanks for the memories!! Jan & Shirley Powell


Curtis A. Varnado

2009-07-10 00:00:00

Maxie was a great teammate and a wonderful friend.Heaven is a richer place today because of his presence.


Curtis A. Varnado

2009-07-10 00:00:00

Maxie was a great teammate and a wonderful friend.Heaven is a richer place today because of his presence.


Curtis A. Varnado

2009-07-10 00:00:00

Maxie was a great teammate and a wonderful friend.Heaven is a richer place today because of his presence.


Bryce Forsythe

2009-07-09 00:00:00

Very sorry to hear about your loss. Many fond memories of the big guy. He will be missed.

Haw Now

Our deepest sympathies,
Bryce, Dawn, Nolan, and Kerrigan Forsythe


Damion & Lynda Barrett

2009-07-09 00:00:00

Maxie was truly an incredible inspiration to many young athletes! He will be missed by all! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Williams family.


Ed Whisenant

2009-07-09 00:00:00

Maxie will be missed by all of us here in his home town of Granite Falls, N.C. We have such great memories of his days at home, after his NFL days..... Maxie signed two pictures of himself one hangs in my office and the other at our "City Bar-B-Que" where folks meet and eat and spin the stories of Maxie's playing days...I proud to have called him my friend, Ed


Jerry Hollifield

2009-07-09 00:00:00

former team mate: I will miss you Big Guy.......Jerry


Patricia Shell Deal

2009-07-09 00:00:00

FROM CHURCH YOUTH GROUP THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL REMEMBERING THR LAUGHTER.


Pam Ottaviani & family

2009-07-09 00:00:00

Williams Family - Heart felt sympathy to your family. Maxie was a true gentleman! Will miss his words of kindness, wisdom, warm smile and southern charm!


Larry & Trudy Seiple

2009-07-09 00:00:00

We are very sorry to here of the passing of Maxie, he was a good teammate & friend.


Tag Galloway

2009-07-09 00:00:00

As a young child, I remember Maxie when he played football for my Dad at Southeastern Louisiana. However my fondest memory of Maxie was him as my student PE teacher at the Lab Scool at Southeastern(I belive this was when he was with Miami). At the end of class in the "wrestling room", the boys (5th or 6th grade)would all try to jump on Maxie to bring him dowm. He just stood there laughing the entire time with us having no hope of bringing him down.


Doug and Jodi Hoppel

2009-07-09 00:00:00

It is truly a sad day at Beaver Local Schools. Maxie was truly one of the greatest coaches that Beaver Local has ever had. He was not only a great coach, but a wonderful teacher, person, and mentor to us all. We truly respected him and loved him dearly. Doug and I are honored to have had him through out our high school years. We were plessed again in 2000 to have him attend our class reunion. He surprised so many. If there is anything we can do for you Karen or your family, please do not hesitate to call. He was a wonderful man that touched so many lives. Our thought are with you all.


Gary Williams

2009-07-09 00:00:00

Very sorry about your loss. Maxie and I were 2nd cousins. He will always be remembered in his hometown of Granite Falls, NC.


Mike and Sherry Kinkead and family

2009-07-09 00:00:00

Maxie was one of those rare gems in life that just makes one smile to think of him. We will miss our neighborly chats and Maxie's stories of "Moon Pies." Karen and family, please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.


Nancy (Laszlo) Welsh

2009-07-09 00:00:00

I will always remember you as wearing a smile and having your wife by your side. Now you are in the hands of our Lord!


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