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Mourning Robert Maxwell – Grandfather’s clock has stopped


Among his many “duties,” Robert Maxwell was the song leader in Atmore Lions Club for decades. The song he selected most often (as I recall) was “My Grandfather’s Clock” by Henry Clay Work.

“My grandfather’s clock was too tall for the shelf

So it stood ninety years on the floor …

Ninety years without slumbering

Tic toc tic toc

His life’s seconds numbering

Tic toc tic toc

It stopped, short, never to go again

When the old man died.”

Robert Maxwell passed away Friday, April 6. He was 90. He was the last of five brothers – W. Randolph Maxwell of Miami, George T. Maxwell of Pensacola, Joseph W. Maxwell of Fairhope, and Dr. Benjamin C. Maxwell of Atmore. He was married to the late Hattie Mallory King Maxwell for 64 years.

In Atmore, Mr. Maxwell was most known simply as an attorney. He opened his law office here in December 1952 and retired in late 1998. In the legal profession, he was much accomplished. He was a member of local and state bar associations, and in October 1995 he was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States.

He served in the United States Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific and in China.

His affiliations included First Baptist Church of Atmore, Atmore Lions Club and the Atmore Jaycees, Alabama Junior Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees of the University of Mobile, United Bancorporation of Alabama, Inc., United Bank Board of Directors, Utilities Board of the City of Atmore, Alabama State Oil and Gas Board, and Escambia County Republican Executive Committee. In many of these organizations, he was an office holder.

In 2006, Mr. Maxwell wrote of himself in “atmore” magazine, “Enough (perhaps too much) about Robert Hamilton Maxwell. Suffice it to say that he has been blessed, that he knows it, and that on a daily basis he thanks his God for those blessings.”