Maxine Tolley Braswell, 89, of Little Buck Hill Road in Newland passed away Sunday November 29, 2009 in the Cannon Memorial Hospital. A native of Avery County she was a daughter of the late George and Hettie Gribble Tolley. She was a member of the Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church and worked as the Chief Operator for Southern Bell where she retired after 30 years of service. She was active in the church choir, loved to read, cook and can and spend time with her family, she also was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was married to the late J.D. Braswell on February 16, 1939 in the back seat of a car during a blizzard, they were on their way to the Rev. Haga’s home but became stuck in the snow so the Reverend walked down and performed the ceremony in the car.
In addition to her parents and her husband she is preceded in death by a daughter Linda Braswell Smith, five sisters; Edith Tolley Buchanan, Ethel Tolley Guthrie, Georgia Tolley Guthrie, Murl Tolley Banner and Clara Tolley and four brothers; Howard Dillard Tolley, Joseph Burl Tolley and George Harold Tolley, Jr.
Survivors include one daughter, Lila Braswell Hensley of Newland, a sister, Willa Jean Tolley Williams and husband Claude of Columbia, SC, grandchildren, David Tate Vance and wife Kim of Point Harbor, NC, Donna Lynn Vance of Supply, NC, Beth Hensley Masters and husband Jim of Newland and Kristen Dee Hensley of Franklinton, NC, She is also survived by four great grandchildren; Courtney Norris, Jarrett Richardson, John Masters and Katie Masters and one great-great grandchild, Jaylynn Elisabeth Barron.
Funeral services for Mrs. Braswell will be conducted at 3:00 pm Wednesday December 2, 2009 in the Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Kurt Bomar officiating. Interment will follow in the Walnut Grove Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until the service hour at the church.
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