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235 South Pennsylvania
Mangum, Oklahoma 73554
Ed Maxfield, age 96, of Mangum, passed away Friday afternoon, March 19, 2010, at Garnet Hill Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Home in Wiley, Texas.
Ed was born on March 15, 1914, in Willow Grove, Tennessee to Mitchell Melton and Ernest (Smith) Maxfield. His parents came to Greer County from Tennessee mainly to secure land and experience the westward expansion across the United States. He was a member of the 1933 MHS graduating class. Ed joined the Army in 1941. He stayed in the United States and was stationed in Georgia, New York, South Carolina, Florida, and Lawton, Oklahoma. He worked on a locating system by which aircraft would emit a series of pulses that caused a receiver on the ground to transmit a corresponding series of pulses, ultimately providing the pilot with his position. The system, called pulse navigation, is an early predecessor of global positioning system technology.
Ed and his dad, Mitch, were owners of the Maxfield Paint and Body Shop which they built in 1951. Ed owned and operated the business for over 50 years.
In 1946, Ed"s buddy introduced him to Miss Vada Proctor, whom he married on November 19, 1948. Ed and his family made their home in Mangum, Oklahoma. Ed was a member of the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his Dad "Mitch", Mom Ernest; one sister, Irene Johnson. He is survived by his wife Vada of the home; his daughter Janet Hawkins of Plano, Texas, his daughter and son-in-law, Janis and Dennis Parton of Mesquite, Texas, and son and daughter-in law Ken and Kim Maxfield of Murphy, Texas; one sister, Corrine Wheeler of Waurika, Oklahoma; Nine grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at the Mangum Church of Christ with Roger Todd, of the Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, south of Mangum, under the direction of Greer Funeral Home of Mangum.
The family will great friends at Greer Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 until 7 p.m.
Online tributes may be made to the family at www.GreerFuneral.com
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