Max Gene Mayfield

Served onboard USS RUSH

1961 thru 1962

MaxMayfield_01.jpg, photo courtesy of his wife
Max Gene "Geno" Mayfield

Recently Mrs. Brenda Mayfield sent a letter to Bud Lincoln concerning the passing of her husband, a former USS William R Rush Shipmate. Bud forwarded her letter to the RUSH Association.

The following obituary was published in The Greenville News on October 7, 2003:

Max G. Mayfield

Max Gene Mayfield, 62, son of the late Fred and Emmie Mayfield, died Oct. 5, 2003, at Countryside Village.

A native of Spartanburg County. He was a retired employee of 27 years at General Electric, was a member of Washington Baptist Church and was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Surviving are lifelong companion and friend, Brenda Mayfield, of Easley; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Louise, of Easley, and Christopher Sr. and Sharon, of Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Shirley Bennett; a brother, Kenneth Mayfield; and five grandchildren, Natalie, Christopher Jr., Nicholas, Alexander and Anna-Maria.

Mr. Mayfield taught Machine Shop at Greenville Tech and Piedmont Technical College. He was an avid golfer and had a love for the game.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 7, 2003, at Fair Heights Baptist Church on Parkins Mill Road in Greenville, with visitation immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.

The family is at the home: 105 Green Wing Court, Easley.

Please omit flowers and send memorials to CJD Foundation, P.O. Box 611625, North Miami, FL 33261; Cancer Society of Greenville County, 113 Mills Ave., Greenville, SC 29605; or to Saint Francis Hospice, 414 Pettigru St., Greenville, SC 29601. -- The Wood Mortuary.

The following information was provided by Brenda Mayfield, wife, companion and friend for thirty-nine years:

MaxMayfield_02.jpg, Photo courtesy of his wifeMax {shown second from the left} loved golf and was a good player, straight down the middle of the fairway most everytime. His ashes are scattered on his favorite golf course in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

I have heard so many stories about his many Navy adventures. He loved it so much; he almost re-enlisted when we got married. We have a son who will have twenty years of service this September 10, 2006, and plans to stay at least twenty-four years. He is a Lieutenant on the USS IWO JIMA. Our other son spent four years in the Navy and got out; it wasn't a life for him.

Max always wanted to go to a reunion, but never made it. He worked for 28 years as a computer programmer at the General Electric Gas Turbine Plant in Greenville, South Carolina before retiring.

Max had health problems which started in August 1972 when he found out he had colon cancer. He did fine until November of 1999 when he started having memory problems which developed into Alzheimers. It progressed very quickly and I kept after the doctors because my parents had Alzheimer's and his was different. After about a year they found he had a disease called Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). Max lived seven months after he was diagnosed. He passed away on October 5, 2003 at 6 AM on a Sunday morning.

I am very proud to be part of a Navy family, especially today with what is going on in our country.

Brenda B. Mayfield

The following was provided by LT Chris Mayfield, one of Max's two sons:

Hello! I just read the page about my Dad. I just want to say how touched I was to read the article and see the pictures.

My dad talked a lot about his Navy days while we were growing up. I can't say that his stories made me join the Navy, but it didn't hurt. When my brother joined the Navy in 1982, I had no idea that I would do the same four years later. I could never say if that was what my Dad wanted because he was happy with whatever I chose, as long as, it was something productive in society. I would never have thought when I joined the Navy that I would spend twenty-plus years serving our country.

One memory I never will forget was when I was on my first ship and my Dad and Mom came onboard for my reenlistment. After I said the oath, we gazed over all the ships in the shipyard at Norfolk Naval Base. My Dad thought he saw the William R. Rush. He couldn't remember the hull number at the time, but I remember how he lit-up as he talked about his experiences onboard. At that time he was a young sailor again.

With the photos on the memoriam page, you have given him back his young sailor days. I thank you and my family thanks you. The ocean may be far and wide, but Navy sailors always seem to find their way back home. I am proud to say that I have served my country and the Navy, making my father proud. I know he smiles down on me each day guiding me through the path that lies ahead.

{Note: LT Chris Mayfield was deployed with the USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) when he wrote this email to me.}