Harlon Glen Maxie, 83, of Lake Kiowa has gone home to heaven on Monday, November 11, 2019. Glen’s kind, generous, and loving heart just wore out. He was the son of Leamon and Hessie Maxie and was born December 27, 1935, in Hemphill, Texas. Glen grew up and attended school in Fisher Louisiana, where his father was the mill foreman at the local saw mill. Glen was one of seven siblings, three sisters and three brothers.
Glen, his brothers and cousins went to work in the oilfields of Louisiana and Texas. While working in Odessa, Glen decided to pursue a more stable career in plumbing. There he met the love of his life, Darlees, his wife. They enjoyed their love packed life together for 61 years. They moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1963 with their three children. There, Glen and Darlees, working in tandem, started a successful 40-year plumbing business. Glen often said, “everything we did, we did together”. Glen Maxie Plumbing was known for its trouble shooting skills, integrity and discretion of service to the entertainers and leaders of Las Vegas. (Glen was referred to service Mafia mansions, an honor which he, also, with discretion turned down.) He had a big heart for those less fortunate, the disabled, the poor, elderly couples and widows, often doing repairs “forgetting” the bill or at much reduced rates in order to preserve their dignity. Glen was a proud American entrepreneur. In keeping with their deep faith, Glen and Darlees supported many new Baptist Churches being built in a rapidly expanding Las Vegas. Glen donated labor and material resources to many of these large projects. He served as a church trustee and on various church building committees on new church startups. He also served on the Missions Committee. Glen and Darlees supported many seminary students and missionaries. Sunday dinner table was always set for additional guests. Glen was proud to support the citizenship for refugees fleeing persecution from Cuba. Glen was also a dedicated Sunday School teacher of 6th grade boys, who he introduced to the outdoors and fishing. Later he would lead adult bible studies.
In 2005, Glen and Darlees retired to Lake Kiowa. They became members of First Baptist Church of Gainesville. There, he and Bill Cox became friends while providing maintenance repairs for church buildings, the community and for at need church members. Glen, in retirement, also volunteered with the Texas Baptist Men, serving his community of Lake Kiowa and his church family of First Baptist of Collinsville. He and Darlees enjoyed traveling our wonderful United States. Glen was an avid fisherman. Life was good for him with a grandchild or great grandchild beside him, a fishing rod in his hand or a winning hand of Skip Bo. He always enjoyed a visit from his children. Glen never met a stranger and made many lifelong friendships with the customers from his business. He was a very gregarious and jovial man with a twinkle in his eye and a very mischievous laugh. He was a man who had very strong opinions of issues he truly believed. Everyone always knew where he stood on matters. Glen quietly lived and shared his deep faith by anonymous actions. Glen was a faithful follower of his Savior Jesus and a loving, loyal and generous man who will be missed dearly by all who knew him. We will all miss his mischievous laugh and loving embraces. He felt blessed with the successes and rewards God provided for him and his family.
He is survived by his wife, Darlees Maxie of Lake Kiowa, Texas, Tina Roberts and husband Robert of Plano, Texas, David Maxie and wife Robin Maxie of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Greg Maxie and wife Tamara Maxie of Lovington, New Mexico. Glen loved nine Grandchildren and sixteen Great Grandchildren; brother Henry Maxie and wife, Ruth of Baldwin, LA.; and sister, Anice Dominy and husband, Joe of Cleveland, TX; along with numerous nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; other loving relatives; and many trusted, and loyal very good friends. Glen was preceded in death by his parents, Leamon and Hessie Maxie; two sisters and three brothers.
The funeral service will be at First Baptist Church of Collinsville on Friday, November 15th, at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Collinsville Cemetery. Viewing for family and friends will be on Thursday, November 14th from 5 to 7 pm at Meador Funeral home of Whitesboro.
Memorial contributions may be made in Glen’s honor to the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children which has provided homes for children affected by abuse, abandonment, neglect, and poverty children.