Maxine G. Franklin

October 29, 1940March 24, 2021

Maxine G. Franklin, October 29, 1940 - March 24, 2021. Born in Jackson, Mississippi and a resident of Chicago since 1959. Maxine was a graduate of Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi and attended Cortez Peters Business School in Chicago. She worked at the VA Hospital in Chicago, Playboy Magazine, Conrail railroad and PTL trucking. Maxine retired from the Cook County Clerk’s Office in Bridgeview, Illinois. Loving mother of Phyllis D. (James) Higgins and Johnnie Franklin; proud grandmother of Crystal D. Higgins and James “J.C.” Higgins; dear sister of Calvin (Andrea) Slay, Lillian Davis, Clifton (Jacqueline) Slay and the late Curtis Slay. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and faithful friends. Maxine lived her life her way and truly enjoyed helping friends and family in any way she could.

A Celebration of Life will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at


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Bertha Swinney

April 10, 2021

Max was always a lady, even as a teenager I thought she had class, I am a friend and classmate of Lillian, I spent many fun days at the Slay family home and Maxine always was a kind and loving person, I remember all her siblings how nice they all were, I know all of you will miss her, I will always remember her as a FIRST CLASS LADY, you have my deepest Sympathy.always Bertha Swinney--Jackson , Ms

Francesca Horne

April 10, 2021

My Godmother always had my back..the best memories I have are the personal stories, we shared.. Making sure I was included on family holidays and gatherings. Checking daughter #2.

Mama Max, was a strong, direct individual who displayed kindness, forgiveness to many..

She will definitely be missed, but not forgotten.

Jeff Mimms

April 10, 2021

Auntie/ Cousin Maxine,

Thank You for your light and smile that could light up a room! I truly appreciate you unconditional love you have given myself, brother, parents, and extended family. I especially appreciate how you supported your Son Johnnie (aka my big brother) and my non traditional career paths whether it was working the door at a night club past you and Lils bedtimes 😂 or letting us convert your basement into our unofficial office space, you were always there for us and I’m forever grateful. You have raised two amazing humans that I revere and value like older siblings, You’ve earned this time to rest eternally.. Job well done Love You forever and Always!

Elaine White

April 9, 2021

Aunt Maxine was a woman of her word and when she spoke you listened. She was never up for any nonsense but her sense of humor and laugh was contagious. She always downplayed her cooking but her meatloaf was the best I’ve ever had . Aunt Maxine.... you will truly be missed but I’m so thankful for the strength, dignity and self respect that you’ve exemplified so well. A woman of honor you truly are..... Rest well Auntie ❤️

Love your niece,


Kimberly Dorsey Roberson

April 4, 2021

Phyllis and John we know a limb has fallen from the family tree,
but there's a very special garden where the trees of memory grow.
This garden is nurtured by kindness, and concern that good friends show. The roots are cherished good times and cherished memories my family had with Maxine in the past. It's a place of peace and beauty, where bright new hopes can start. It’s memory’s lovely garden that soothes the hurting heart. Love Kim and Norman

Norman and Kathleen Dorsey

April 3, 2021

A beautiful and kind soul left this earth to be with the Lord. Maxine possessed such a gentle spirit. She was a strong woman who raised two beautiful adoring children and remained a steadfast constant source of strength. She is truly missed by all. Love Kat and Boo Davis

April 1, 2021

My Sweet, Sweet, Sister, I miss you so much every day. I thank God that you are not in pain anymore. I miss calling you every morning, I thought about you today when Wheel Of Fortune came on your favorite TV Show. We were so close, what affected you affected me, what affected me affected you. You always had my best interest at heart, always looking out for me, always asking if I needed something, I love you so much and always will . Thank God you are resting and sleeping now, we will see each other again one day. Love your sister Lil

Jeff Davis

March 29, 2021

My Aunt Maxine
Words cannot describe the emptiness and heartbreak I’m feeling over losing you. This world is certainly a little colder without your warm embrace; know without a doubt, you are loved and missed. I’m thankful that God loved you so much that he ended your suffering. Please, ask him to love us and bless us with the comfort we need to sustain and carry us through this loss. I miss that beautiful smile and those warm, loving hugs. Until we meet again Auntie
...peaceful journey!

James Higgins

March 29, 2021

My mother in law was a phenomenal woman! It’s amazing how she helped so many with as little as she had, a true angel! Her spirit will be with us always. Love you mom, RIH.

Juanita Shaffer

March 29, 2021

Probably, for selfish reasons, I was hoping that Maxine would change her mind and that all would be well. But, there is no more suffering and no more pain. I will remember our many conversations over the decades and her acts of kindness toward my son. May God wrap his loving arms of comfort around her children, grandchildren, siblings and many family members and friends. Maxine will be missed and always remembered. Lovingly submitted.