John Yates Maxwell

October 22, 1946September 14, 2018

Dallas, NORTH CAROLINA--John Yates Maxwell, 71, went to be with our Lord, Jesus Christ on September 14, 2018. He was born in Gastonia, NC on October 22, 1946 to the late Ladd and Grace Garrison Maxwell.

Yates was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was the love of my life, my friend, and soulmate, sharing every moment together. He was full of energy, always finding things to do and see. He said, “Home is where you go when there is nothing else to do.” He will be greatly missed by his wife and all of his family.

Survivors include his loving wife of 29 years, Sarah Carlisle Maxwell of Dallas; son, Myron Maxwell of Alexis, daughter, Krista Maxwell Smith (Steven) of Dallas, step-children Tammy Chastain of Mt. Holly, Roxanne Chastain Stadler (Chris) of Gastonia, and Barry Chastain of Belmont. Grandchildren: Taylor and Hannah Smith, Landon and Madison Maxwell, Jordan Black, Rachel Cooper, Cody and Audrey Stadler, Shelby and Beverly Chastain, and Emily Chastain Bryson (Kyle). Great grandchildren: Lilly Grace Stadler, Jacob and Olivia Bryson.

Yates, a 1968 graduate of Appalachian State University finishing with a 6-year degree in education. He has worked for the Gaston County Sheriff’s Department for the past 18 years. Yates retired from Gaston County Schools with 33 years of service as a teacher, coach and principal. He also served 42 years as a Minister of Music for various churches within Gaston County.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his newborn daughter. The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church, 409 Old Mt. Holly Road, in Stanley on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 6 – 8 p.m. The celebration of life will be held on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow at Alexis Baptist Church Cemetery.

A special thanks is given to the Wake Forest Baptist Hospital Cancer Center and Dr. Bhave and her team of oncologists for all the love and care that has been given to my loving husband and friend during his illness.

The staff at Carothers Funeral Home in Stanley is honored to serve the Maxwell family.


  • Helen Grace Garrison Maxwell, Mother
  • Ladd Hamilton Maxwell, Father
  • Sarah Carlisle Maxwell, Wife
  • Myron Maxwell, Son
  • Krista Maxwell Smith and husband Steven, Daughter
  • Tammy Chastain, Step-daughter
  • Roxanne Chastain Stadler and husband Chris, Step-daughter
  • Barry Chastain, Step-son
  • Taylor Smith, Grandchild
  • Hannah Smith, Grandchild
  • Landon Maxwell, Grandchild
  • Madison Maxwell, Grandchild
  • Jordan Black, Grandchild
  • Rachel Cooper, Grandchild
  • Cody Stadler, Grandchild
  • Audrey Stadler, Grandchild
  • Shelby Chastain, Grandchild
  • Beverly Chastain, Grandchild
  • Emily Chastain Bryson and husband Kyle, Grandchild
  • Lilly Grace Stadler, Great Grandchild
  • Jacob Bryson, Great Grandchild
  • Olivia Bryson, Great Grandchild
  • Yates was also preceded in death by a newborn daughter

  • Gaston County Sheriff Honor Guard


  • Receiving of Friends Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Celebration of LIfe Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, September 19, 2018

John Yates Maxwell

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Pastor Paul and Carolyn Farmer

September 18, 2018

Our family loved Yates and Sarah we have fond memories of our time with them both. The times we spent at the church fellowships Thomas and Rebecca are heartbroken to hear this and Thomas talk about how he remembers Yates teaching him the sound system at church (Temple Baptist) and how he was their coach at Brookside Elementary. We also enjoyed going to dinner with Pastor Steve and Penny. Their are to many memories to list Rebecca has her memories and cherished those. We loved both Yates and Sarah.
Sarah , you are in our hearts and our prayers

Jerry Bostic

September 17, 2018

I am so sorry I did not know Yates was gravely ill. He worked at Brookside many years and was always a gentleman, a professional and was ready for any challenge, carrying with him a positive attidude....always. Brookside was a better school for his presence there! GOD BLESS YOU YATES MAXWELL......WELL DONE FAITHFUL BELIEVER! Your friend Jerry J. Bostic.

Jonah Brown

September 17, 2018

I will pray for you family. Mr. Maxwell was my principal at High Shoals Elementary. And I was in his office more than once. He was always stern with me and set me on the right path. He was a very nice person though. I am so happy to hear that he was a follower of Our Lord Jesus Christ, because if we do anything in this life that is the most important thing that we do is follow him. He will be missed. God bless your family in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:27

Judy wortman

September 17, 2018

Sarah please accept condolences from Jerry and I. We had no idea that he had been sick. We enjoyed you all being at Temple! I sure did like Yates as our choir director. He was a lot of fun. I'm sorry to say we won't be able to come. We also had a death at Temple. Do you remember Gene and Marilyn Blake ? They were sitting at the dinner table Thursday and she just fell over in the floor and had a massive heart attack. Such a Godly woman. Her obituairy will be in the paper on Monday. The times of services is exactly the same as Yates. That is a great picture of him. I didn't know he was the same age as I am. Take care and may God Bless through all this. Love Judy and Jerry Wortman............

Gertha Crumpler

September 16, 2018

Sarah, Tammy, and the entire family... please accept my most sincere and heartfelt expressions of condolences. I am very sorry for your loss, and am holding you all closely in my heart, thoughts and prayers. God bless you and provide much comfort, peace and love to you all. Gertha

Kim (Burkett) Merrill

September 16, 2018

So very sorry for your loss! Mr. Maxwell was my Elementary school principal in Dallas! He always had a smile and a kind word for all the kids. Remember well his loving spirit that made school a happy place to enter!

Stacy Guy

September 16, 2018

I am so sorry for you loss. We took care of John at Gaston Hematology and Oncology. I speak for the whole office when I say he was special to us all. Such a loving , Godly man. He never complained and never gave up. He knew the Lord had a plan for him and he was forever in his grace. Hugs and prayers to you all.

Melea Price

September 16, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr Maxwell was my Elementary school Principal many years ago and was absolutely the finest man and Principal I have ever had. Honestly he's the only principal I can remember.