Max Lindy Avery

March 19, 1933August 8, 2011

Raleigh – Max Lindy Avery, 78, passed away into the presence of his Lord, August 8, 2011, surrounded by his family. He was born on March 19, 1933 in Coats, NC to his parents, the late Melvin Maxton Avery and Linda Inez Avery.

He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He worked for the NC Department of Labor and retired after 28 years. He was a lifetime member of Hillyer Memorial Christian Church. Max was an avid rose gardener and enjoyed sharing his passion for roses with friends and family. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Molly, of 54 years; his daughters Renee Connelly and husband Dave of Durham, Sharon Richardson and husband Allen of Cary, and Pam Alexander and husband Brad of Charlotte; his seven grandchildren, Patrick, Colin (Jessica), T.J., Brandon, Benjamin, Zachary, and Victoria; his two sisters, Sylvia Ballard of Carrboro and Nora Etta Blair and husband Jerry of Washington, NC; Predeceased by his parents and daughter Molly Suzanne.

A memorial service to celebrate Max’s life will be held at 1:30pm on Thursday August 11th, at Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, 718 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC 27608. The family will receive friends following the service. Private interment at Raleigh Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Hillyer Memorial Christian Church can be made in memory of Max. Condolences can be given online at Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.

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  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 11, 2011


  • The family will receive friends following the service

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Dilip Barman

August 11, 2011

My condolences go out to the whole family, especially my good friends Renee, Dave, and Patrick, and Mrs. Avery. I have fond memories of the calm, kind, and welcoming demeanor of Mr. Avery and his lovely roses. Our thoughts are with you.

Dilip (and Sangeeta and Anu)

(We just saw the obituary hours before the funeral - we'll try to make it but please know we'll be thinking of you even if we can't.)

Rebecca Butler

August 10, 2011

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I always looked forward to seeing him at the Ennis Reunion - what a special person, he was so proud of his family. His roses were so beautiful, he had many gifts.

You are all in our prayers and thoughts. He will certainly be missed.
Thelma (Ennis), Rebecca and R.A. Butler

Bebe Harris

August 9, 2011

I send deepest sympathy to all the family, and offer special love and prayers for my dear Companions in Christ Renee and Dave and Patrick. May God's face shine on you and bring you comfort and peace.

August 9, 2011

Molly and family, very sorry to hear about Max. We are thinking about and praying for you all. With love always, LaDonna, Cassandra and Horace.

Susie Swain

August 9, 2011

Max's life has surely been a rose in ours. He was always such a kind, thoughtful person. I have no doubt he will be missed my all who knew him. Much love to you Molly. Our thought and prayers are with you and yours now as always. ~Kent & Susie Swain, Jessie Hanks

Greg Cole

August 9, 2011

Renee, I am thinking about you and your family. There is sunshine after the rain. God's grace will see you through your loss. Just remember your friends and church family care about and love you.

Roberta Frazier

August 9, 2011

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time.

carol and jim jacobsen

August 9, 2011

Max you will be in our hearts forever
love to molly
jim and carol jacobsen

Anne Drennan

August 9, 2011

Renee and family,
I have held you close in my thoughts and prayers esp. for the past few weeks as your dad declined in health. I know how hard it will be to be comforted at this time but please know that I am sending hugs and warm thoughts. May the memories you have of your dad in good times permeate your thougths. Losing a parent is hard but knowing that he is having no pain, no trouble breathing, etc. and is now with our God will, hopefully, bring a small measure of hope and peace to you and your family.

Now, God's eternal light will shine on your dad.

Sending God's love and comfort and healing . . .