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Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013 10:16 pm |Updated: 11:48 am, Mon Dec 23, 2013.
By Ben Orcutt/News Editor
Longtime Powhatan County Circuit Court Clerk William E. Maxey Jr. died earlier today at his home, according to friends of the family.
Maxey resigned as clerk on Sept. 30, due in large measure to his declining health.
Maxey, 92, was appointed clerk on July 1, 1957, to complete an unexpired term.
After winning election to his
first eight-year term in 1959, he
was subsequently re-elected in the next six elections, the last being in 2007, with the term set to expire at the end of 2015.
Maxey always ran as an independent and was the longest-serving clerk of courts in the history of Virginia.
"In recent months, decreasing strength and mobility have limited my ability to get to the courthouse more than a few hours a week," Maxey
said in an August statement announcing his
Powhatan, Virginia Circuirt Court Clerk
William E. Maxey, Jr.
Mr. Maxey is the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Powhatan County.
is a constitutional official and is elected to an eight-year term by the voters of Powhatan County.
handles administrative matters for the court and also has authority to probate wills, grant administration of estates, and appoint guardians.
In addition, he is the custodian of the court records and the Clerk's Office is where deeds are recorded and marriage licenses issued.
In his capacity as Clerk, he gives the oath of office to elected and appointed officials, aids those engaged in historical and genealogical research, and collects overdue traffic fines.
Mr. Maxey has been serving the residents of Powhatan County as Clerk of the Circuit Court since July 1, 1957.
22, 2013, at age 92, Maxey retired after 56 years as the Clerk of the Powhatan County Circuit Court.
As I sat in a Powhatan County courtroom last week listening to the life's work of Powhatan resident William E. Maxey Jr.
Stiff Competition | At 86, ...
Stiff Competition | At 86, Powhatan County’s clerk of the court, Bill Maxey, is running one last time.Style Weekly : Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
...William Maxey Jr. has served 50 years as Powhatan County's clerk of the court.He's
running for another eight-year term.
At 86, Powhatan County's
clerk of the court, Bill Maxey
, is running one last time.
tidy office in the Powhatan Circuit Court building, William Maxey Jr.
fishes a photograph from the pocket of his
sports coat hanging from a rack.The bent picture shows an elaborate cake shaped like the courts building with a red-frosting roof, freestanding pillars and a figurine in a fedora that represents Maxey
"That's what my wife's daughter made me when I finished my first 50 years," he
The cake was the centerpiece at a reception earlier this year commemorating his
half century of public service.At 86, Maxey
has served six eight-year terms - and one initial two-year appointment - as the county's clerk of the court.
And this November, he's
"I don't hunt.I don't fish.I don't golf," Maxey
says.Retirement?"I couldn't stand it," he
says."I'd have nothing to do.I'd rather have this than anything else."Maxey's
seen the county balloon from 5,562 residents to more than 22,000, and collected every housing deed, marriage license and fee or fine to come through the courthouse.He
recalls when county records were handwritten, he's
witnessed the evolution of typewriters and the eventual transition to computers.In 1992, his
office moved into the main building from a small cottage on the court's lawn.Maxey
tends to run unopposed.He
faced competition only once, in 1983, when Howard Clark and Robert Keeton both tried to win the seat.Keeton got 819 votes, Clark got 841, but Maxey
prevailed with 2,686.
asked them, laughing.
Jones says she
has nothing bad to say about Maxey
and points to his
stellar reputation in the county.But is he
too old for the job?
"I've never had to answer that question," Maxey
says.That may have to do with the crowd he
friend E. Floyd Yates says he's
"damnedest to see that [Maxey's] re-elected."He's
coordinating an advertisement for the local paper and plans to do a little fundraising.
Does Yates think Maxey
is too old?
...Maxey says he "barely" graduated from high school and served in the Army during World War II.He
went through basic training on the Santa Anita racetrack in Southern California and practiced maneuvers in the Mojave Desert.
close friendship with Yates, Maxey
has always run as an independent."It's worked all right so far," he
wins this next term, which, God willing, he
'll complete when he's
94, he says he'll finally retire. S
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William Maxey Jr.
Clerk of Court
3834 Old Buckingham Road, Suite A
Powhatan, VA 23139-7051
Phone: (804) 598-5612