BOSSIER CITY – A celebration of life in honor of Maxie U. McElwee of Bossier City will be held at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, 601 U.S. Highway 80, East in Haughton, LA., on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 3:00 pm. Rev. Monroe Mercer will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5pm until 7pm on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Hill Crest. Interment will also be at Hill Crest.
Mac was a member of Greenacres Baptist Church in Bossier City. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn Jewel Prothro McElwee; and one brother, Jack N. McElwee of Bossier City. He is survived by son, Max H. McElwee of Bossier City; daughter, Yvonne M. Yarbrough (Gary) of Shreveport; and son, Robert Dale McElwee of Metairie, LA. Mac is also survived by brother, Glenn McElwee (Lurlene); sister, Pat M. Wren; brothers, Bobby McElwee (Carol) and Billy McElwee; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Mac was born in Coushatta, LA., and grew up in the area around Fairview-Alpha, LA. He served his country in the U.S. Army-Air Corps Infantry during the WWII Invasion of Normandy, for which he recently received the prestigious “Legion of Honor” medal given by the French Consulate for the liberation of France. He was also awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for further service in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a Master Sergeant in 1965 after serving for more than 20 years. Later, he retired in 1988 after serving more than 20 years as a letter carrier with the USPS.
Pallbearers for the service will be Bobby Jenkins, Kenneth Smith, Ginx Wren, John Prothro, Shane McElwee and Neal Chandler. Honorary Pallbearers will be Kevin Coakley and Todd Darst.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Willis-Knighton Hospice.
You may offer condolences and sign the on-line guest book by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.