He graduated from Boys High in Brooklyn, NY. Edward served in the United States Army during World War II and received an Honorable Discharge.
In the 1950’s, he worked for AFL-CIO as a union organizer in the New York and New Jersey areas. His primary function with the union was to obtain fair wages and equal treatment for the workers from their employers.
Edward was an active civil rights Advocate. He was a representative of the AFL-CIO with participation in the historic “March on Washington” which petitioned the U.S. Government for equal civil rights for all Americans.
Edward leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife Ilean of Blackstone, VA; his son Robert Maxwell of Kenneth Square, PA; a sister Cordelia Adams of New York, NY; two grandchildren Yusuf and April Maxwell of New York, NY; two great grandchildren Anaya and Isaiah Maxwell of Houston, TX; two nieces Arlena and Beverly Adams of New York, NY; a goddaughter Arlene Edmonds of Blackstone, VA; and many relatives and friends.
Funeral Services Saturday, January 16, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, Blackstone with interment in the Greenview Cemetery, Blackstone.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of the arrangements.
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