Tulsa Traffic Accident Victim Remembered

Friday, November 3rd 2006, 10:07 am
By: News On 6

A tearful goodbye to a man known for helping people in need and changing lives. Family and friends are mourning the death of an eastern Oklahoma rehabilitation counselor, tragically killed in a wreck by a suspected drunk driver last Saturday. Terry Maxey's funeral was held Friday.

News on 6 anchor Craig Day has details on the deadly accident and the legacy Maxey leaves behind.

One by one, friends and family come to say goodbye to Terry Maxey. Saying goodbye to a man like Maxey is hard, very hard.

Maxey’s brother in law Jim Gilliam: "He loved life. Everything in life to Terry, he found the good in everything."

Friend Phil Burns: "great sense of humor. The most contagious smile and laugh you will ever hear in your life."

Terry Maxey was killed October 28th while riding his motorcycle on Riverside Drive. Another driver, suspected of DUI, pulled in front of him and then took off eluding police until later crashing.

Maxey’s sister Theresa Gilliam: "It was a stupid, senseless thing that should have never happened."

Jim Gilliam: "He was basically the shining star of our family and I mean that wholeheartedly. Terry was there for any of us. If we ever needed him, he would be there."

Maxey was there for thousands of people. As a probation and parole employee, he counseled inmates. After retiring, Maxey worked alongside a number of agencies to help counsel people in need, including those with alcohol and substance abuse problems.

Theresa Gilliam: "You know, there is a piece of my heart that I don't know that will ever mend. I know it will. We're strong and right now, my heart is breaking." Phil Burns: “he and I rode thousands of miles together. But not enough. I wish I could ride one more mile with him right now."

Floyd Williams is being held in the Tulsa County jail on complaints of second degree murder, eluding police and driving under the influence. While family and friends wait for the legal process to unfold, and for their hearts to heal, they can only remember. And look back on the life of a man who didn't know a stranger. A man with a heart for helping others.

Family and friends don't want anyone else to go through what they're going through. They want tougher laws against drunk drivers. Maxey's family says they'll closely follow court proceedings in the case.