Maurice's journey began on July 19, 1962 in Jackson, MS. His loving mother, Willie Mae Randle, doted on her only child.
He grew up in a large extended family consisting of his grandmother, Celestine “Big Girl” Wallace and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was educated in the public schools of his hometown graduating in 1980 from Lanier High School.
He played high school basketball and football. His love of sports extended to other sports beyond those two. He was a competitor and loyal fan. What fun he had dressing up like his favorite team for the Super Bowl, NCAA Basketball Championships, or the NBA Finals!
After high school, his educational journey continued at Jackson State University where he had the chance to be a manager for the Jackson State University Football Team.
After Jackson State, Maurice held a number of jobs. He drove professionally for Coca Cola and for Budweiser. Later, he did long haul over-the-road driving and drove cross county. He later became a professional painter. He was a perfectionist about his work.
He was the family party planner! How he loved holding family gatherings, celebrating his birthday and other family members' birthdays. He would throw a mini family reunion at the drop of a hat! People will never forget his beloved "Boom Boom Room" and the special times had there.
He loved music and played it loud! He also loved having his family around. He remembered birthdays and special occasions. If he had your number, he was going to call to wish you a happy day!
What a laugh he had! He would crack a joke in a minute and could easily share a past memory of someone in the family that others had long ago forgotten.
He wanted to work for what he got which seprated him from so many other people. Even in his illness, he wanted to work. He was humble and grateful for all things. He would repeatedly and sincerely thank you for any gesture or gift that came his way. If you needed help, he would be the first to lend a helping hand with no expectation of getting anything in return.
Oh, how he will be missed!
He had no biological children of his own but reared three stepsons and a stepdaughter.He was a confirmed bachelor until he met Stacey Adams.They were together until his passing on June 7, 2018.
His illness was brief. He left us before we could say goodbye. Yet we believe he was ready. As we think back to those final few conversations we had with him, it just seems like he was getting us ready for his earthly exit.
In the twinkling of an eye, he was gone from our midst. He will never, ever be forgotten. A celebration of his life will occur on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Jackson Memorial Funeral Service in the chapel.