Maxey owned Tobie Cinemas in Senatobia.
Maxey was born Juanita Nelms on October 12, 1924 in Isola, Miss. She attended school in Isola until 9th grade and then went on to Belzoni High School where she graduated. In 1943 she married Paul Maxey, who managed the Joy Theatre in Belzoni where she worked.
The Maxeys moved to Indianola where they continued to work in the theatre business. In 1957, they moved to Senatobia to manage the Gloria Theater. A few years after the old theater closed, they opened the Tobie Cinemas.
Maxey was involved in community and movie industry activities, winning numerous awards and serving in several offices. Among Maxey's accomplishments were: president of the Tri-State Theater Owners of Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas from 1978-1979, and again in 1988-1989. She was president of the National Association of Theatre Owners (Mississippi Region), 1981-1983, 1988-1993. Maxey was director of the Senatobia Chamber of Commerce from 1982-1985, president of the Senatobia Chamber of Commerce in 1984-1985. Maxey was the recipient of several local citizenship awards, and was honored as "Who's Who Among Women" in 1989. She received the prestigious Gold Medallion from the Tri-State Theater Owners Association in 1989, and the Ida Schrieber Award from the National Association of Theater Owners in 1990.
Maxey was preceded in death by her husband, Paul. She is survived by two daughters, Paula Bostic of Flowood, Miss., and Kathy Schexnayder of Senatobia, and four grandchildren. She leaves three sisters, Margaret Piper of Cordova, Tenn., Evelyn Kemp of Bridgetown, Miss., and Neda Malone of Bartlett, Miss.
Visitation was held at C.O. Pate on Friday, May 23 from 6p.m.-9 p.m.. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 24 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Senatobia. Burial was at Senatobia Memorial Cemetery.
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