November 22, 1934 – November 11, 2020
Jackie Ray Maxton was ushered to the Father’s arms November 11, 2020 while being cared for by his loving wife, Delores and their blended family of children. Jack was born November 22, 1934 in Columbus, Kansas to the union of Fredrick and Crystal Maxton. His faith began at a young age and he became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ during his school years while attending First Baptist Church in Columbus. Then later served as a deacon at Fellowship Baptist of Baxter Springs, Kansas. More recently, he was supported and loved by his church family and pastor Mike at Crossroads Baptist of Girard area.
Jack was a hard worker his entire life until Parkinson’s slowed him down. He might be described as a builder having built cabinets for many of his children. Early in the 60’s he earned the FCC electronic technician license that enabled to maintain and sometimes build 2-way radio systems for numerous area Sheriff’s departments in SE Kansas and SW Missouri. His skill was demonstrated in the building and modifications of sound booths and operator’s equipment, transmitter and towers for both 2-way and area radio stations. He was employed by KQYX/KSYN radio for 25 years. During the mid-70s he was able to satisfy the highly regulated FCC licensing to operate the radio station, KBLT 107.1. He built the building, stacked the tower, installed and maintained the antenna and transmitter. That station remains on the air operating out of Joplin, Mo.
Jack was greeted in heaven by the crowd of witness that surely included his son and first wife, Ronald and Norma Maxton, his parents and brother Robert and adopted nephew, Daniel Maxton. He is survived today by his wife of 40 years, Delores Maxton and children Bobby and Debra Norris, Ernest and Kim Norris of Scammon; Pam Jacquinet of Parsons, Brenda and Danny O’Hara of Columbus. James and Debra Miller of Grove, OK and David and Sandra Caswell of Raymore, Mo. Grandchildren, Brandie, Adreane, Casandra, Robert, Deann, Nicholas, Monica, Manda, Zachary, Matthew, Danette, Brendan, Luke, Krista, Colby, Adrianne, David, Scott and 38 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life is scheduled 2:00 pm, Monday, November 16, 2020 at Crossroads Baptist Church, Girard, KS. Pastor Mike Buckamneer will officiate. Donations may be sent to the language specific world-wide New Testament printing operation of Crossroads Baptist Church of Girard that Jack loved and work with in his later years.