Oct. 8, 2009
Melvin Maxwell, University of Tennessee track & field athlete from 1964-66 and longtime track coach in the Knoxville area, passed away Monday, Oct. 5 at the age of 65.
While at Tennessee he was part of eight Southeastern Conference championship teams as the Volunteers swept the indoor and outdoor titles in 1964, 1965 and 1966. He was also a member of two SEC cross country championship squads in 1963 and 1965 in addition to being a key individual in the school record-setting two and four-mile relay teams in 1965.
After graduating from UT, Maxwell began his teaching and coaching career in 1967 at Doyle High School. While coaching track and cross country, he led the 1970 team to a state championship. In 1983, Coach Maxwell was honored by Doyle High School by naming the field house in his honor. After 29 years of service, Melvin retired and began working for Massey Electric Company.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 2500 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920 with a celebration of life service to follow at 7 p.m. with Dr. Deron Cobb officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad Inc., 512 Chilhowee Drive, Knoxville, TN 37924 or Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Family and friends will meet Friday at Sherwood Memorial Gardens for a 11 a.m. interment service. A guestbook and additional information are available at www.berryfuneralhome.com. You are invited to share your thoughts and memories of Melvin at his memorial website at www.MeM.com.