Charles Martin Maxie
Nov 2, 1941 – May 5, 2015
Charles Martin Maxie was born on November 2, 1941, in Elks City, Oklahoma to Cleveland Maxie and Reba (Maxie) Jackson. On May 5, 2015, Charles Maxie died at the age 73.
Charles lived in Amarillo, Texas where he and his siblings were baptized Catholics at St. Martin dePorres Chapel in Amarillo, Texas in the year of 1943. As a child, Charles moved to Seattle Washington with his family and attended Immaculate Conception Church and Elementary School. He later attended O’Dea High School, where he was elected Student Body President. Charles was also a standout four sport letterman. He excelled in track & field, baseball, basketball, and football, the sport that gave him the most recognition and his lifelong nickname “Choo Choo”. After High school he attended Hartnell Jr College in Salinas, California where he was a star Running Back on the Hartnell Panthers football team.
Charles was a member of the National Young Democrats and later he ran for Seattle’s Port Commissioner. He is most remembered for his work as Director of the Seattle Urban League’s On-The-Job (OJT) training program where he worked alongside Edwin Pratt. Under Charles’ leadership the program received multiple national awards for their successful job training and job placements. His goal was to get people of color jobs in positions where historically they would not have been given the opportunity. In addition to his work in the community, Charles coached football and basketball at Seattle’s O’Dea High School. He was a strong supporter of the UW Huskies athletic program. Charles assisted young African American Husky athletes with their transition to the Seattle area by providing life skills counseling, including them in local social events and, attending their athletic endeavors.
Charles loved to barbeque, play and watch sports, socialize with friends and family, and listen to good music. He is loved by many and respected by those whose lives he touched throughout his lifetime.
Charles is survived by his two Sisters Peggy Joan and Marcia D, brother Fred L, children Tanya Mardelle and Jean-Charles (J.C.), his grandchildren: Terence Charles, Jean’ Charles, Dominique Jovan, Cairo Joi, Jaylen Marquez, Donte’ Treyvon, his great-grandson Ja’quori Elijah … and many cousins and extended family members.
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