Maxey Thomas Bunch

Published 4:24 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Mr. Maxey Thomas Bunch, age 85, resident of Croatan Avenue, Bayview, died peacefully with his wife by his side Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

A small memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2020, outdoors at the Bath Christian Church columbarium. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Friday evening from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., the family will be available to receive visitors outdoors on the covered back deck of the family home in Bayview. Again, we will be following social distancing guidelines.

Maxey was born in Gates County on Nov. 2, 1934. He was the son of the late Thurman Glenn Bunch and Mary Viola Harrell Bunch. In his youth, Maxey was a farm hand and later worked at a paper mill in Virginia. He served as a clerk in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 in Germany and France, shutting down WWII Army bases.

Maxey met his wife, Nancy Adair Brown, when she was in high school and they courted throughout her college years. They married on June 25, 1961, and settled in Norge, Virginia, when Maxey began working at the oil refinery in Jamestown.

Relocating to Bath in 1966, Maxey was a long-time member of Bath Christian Church, where he served as a deacon for many years.  After nearly 30 years, Maxey retired as a general foreman from the company formerly known as Texasgulf. In early retirement years, Maxey and Nancy traveled across the country several times, covering nearly all of the United States. He was notorious for his meticulous pre-trip planning and highlighting routes on maps. He truly loved capturing the beauty of our country in photographs and sharing his memories with loved ones.

One of Maxey’s favorite hobbies was working in his yard and he took great pride in keeping his lawn and flowers immaculate. He was well-known for his lush, green grass and camellias in the winter, beautiful azalea beds in the spring and his red geraniums in the summer.

Maxey is survived by his wife, Nancy; his son, Maxey Thomas “Tommy” Bunch and wife Kathryn; two daughters, Teresa Viola Bunch Bullock and husband Roger, of Wilmington; Elaine Melinda Bunch Chamblin and husband Ramey, of Asheboro; four grandchildren, Sean Alexander Bullock (Julianne), Jacob Dylan Harmon, Erin Amanda Bullock Elandt (Cody), Colby Oliver Chamblin; sister-in-law, Susan Bunch; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family.

In addition to his parents, Maxey was preceded in death by his brother, Thurman Lee Bunch.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 112 E. Seventh St., Washington, NC  27889; or Eagle’s Wings, 932 W. Third St., Washington, NC 27889; or Bath Christian Church, 107 S. Harding Street, Bath, NC 27808.

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Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington is honored to serve the Bunch family.