Cruisin Volunteer Who "Enjoyed People" Loses Battle With Cancer - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Cruisin Volunteer Who "Enjoyed People" Loses Battle With Cancer

Cruisin the Coast has lost one of its biggest supporters. Longtime volunteer Brad Maxwell's valiant fight to beat cancer finally ended this week. On Thursday, Cruisin organizers came up with a touching way to bid farewell to a man who gave everything he had to the classic car showcase. 

The scene on Washington Avenue in Ocean Springs is what Maxwell lived for. He loved watching south Mississippi sparkle off the mint condition frames of classic cars. Rusty David worked with Maxwell at Bancorp South.

"It was his one week of the year that he just came out of his shell and just really enjoyed people," thought David.

On the eve of Cruisin the Coast's 11th block party, Mr. Maxwell passed away. To pay tribute to his dedication to this event, Ocean Springs volunteers brought his funeral procession past the cruisers lined up on Government Street. David was in the procession.

"It was absolutely phenomenal," he said.

Police sirens echoed off downtown Ocean Springs buildings as two motorcycle officers escorted Maxwell's hearse past classic car owners. Many turned on their headlights as show of respect for a man who asked for little fanfare.

Frank Leach is site manager for the Cruisin the Coast stop in Ocean Springs. He said he got permission to take Maxwell's coffin past the vintage cars because it was the right thing to do.

"This is just a small token of what we could do to say thank you for what you have been as far as Cruisin the Coast," he said.

None of the people who watched the hearse roll by knew Brad Maxwell. So they weren't aware of his connection to Cruisin the Coast. They didn't know about his job at Bancorp South. And they had no idea how hard he fought to make it through one more block party before cancer took him away.

After the procession reached Highway 90, one car owner said, "I told my husband, I said if you're a car buff, that would really be an honor to be escorted down through here."

Another woman sat across the street and thought, "What a way to go out, bring him right through the cruise."

Mr. Maxwell wasn't just a Cruisin the Coast volunteer. Each spring, he was an active participant out on the water at Smokin the Sound. Brad Maxwell was 48-years-old.

By Brad Kessie

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Pascagoula River Audubon Center terminates Director

    Pascagoula River Audubon Center terminates Director

    Friday, June 22 2018 8:12 PM EDT2018-06-23 00:12:14 GMT
    Mark LaSalle, confirmed to WLOX News Now the National Audubon Society ended his employment as of June 6. (Photo source: Facebook)Mark LaSalle, confirmed to WLOX News Now the National Audubon Society ended his employment as of June 6. (Photo source: Facebook)

    The man who helped establish the Pascagoula River Audubon Center is out as the center’s director. 

    More >>

    The man who helped establish the Pascagoula River Audubon Center is out as the center’s director. 

    More >>
  • Hancock County pilot killed in single-engine plane crash

    Hancock County pilot killed in single-engine plane crash

    Friday, June 22 2018 6:53 PM EDT2018-06-22 22:53:19 GMT
    A Hancock County man died Friday morning when his single-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Diamondhead Airport. (Photo source: Diamondhead Fire Dept.)A Hancock County man died Friday morning when his single-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Diamondhead Airport. (Photo source: Diamondhead Fire Dept.)

    The scene was horrific: A Cessna 172 plane torn apart, pieces melted. Trees smashed from the impact.  And in the middle of it all was the body of the male pilot burned beyond recognition.

    More >>

    The scene was horrific: A Cessna 172 plane torn apart, pieces melted. Trees smashed from the impact.  And in the middle of it all was the body of the male pilot burned beyond recognition.

    More >>
  • Accident sends 18-wheeler in ditch; traffic backed up on 28th Street

    Accident sends 18-wheeler in ditch; traffic backed up on 28th Street

    Friday, June 22 2018 6:42 PM EDT2018-06-22 22:42:52 GMT
    Officials say no one was hurt, but the dump truck was full and has to be unloaded before a tow truck can get it out of the ditch. (Photo source: Susan Johnston)Officials say no one was hurt, but the dump truck was full and has to be unloaded before a tow truck can get it out of the ditch. (Photo source: Susan Johnston)
    Officials say no one was hurt, but the dump truck was full and has to be unloaded before a tow truck can get it out of the ditch. (Photo source: Susan Johnston)Officials say no one was hurt, but the dump truck was full and has to be unloaded before a tow truck can get it out of the ditch. (Photo source: Susan Johnston)

    A traffic mess on 28th Street just outside Long Beach will be clear soon. 

    More >>

    A traffic mess on 28th Street just outside Long Beach will be clear soon. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly