Wife of Laurence Maxwell Long, former President of the Clan Maxwell Society
Founding member of the Clan Maxwell Society
Catherine Bell House Long, 79, died Saturday morning, October 29, 2011, at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport after battling cancer. Catherine was born in 1932 in Cleveland, Tenn. and grew up in Cleveland, Chattanooga and Knoxville. She graduated with honors from Knoxville High School and the University of Tennessee, where she was president of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and was named a Torchbearer when she graduated in 1954 with a degree in home economics. Catherine met her husband Larry while at UT; they married in August 1954, lived in Knoxville, then moved to Anniston, AL, while Larry served in the U.S. Army, then later to Edgewood, MD.
In Kingsport, where she has lived since 1958, she was active in First Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder, Deacon and President of Presbyterian Women. In the community, she was active in the Junior League, in the Long Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and was president of the Delphian Club. She was a member of the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Women’s Council and was a founding member and served as secretary for 20 years of the Clan Maxwell Society USA. She was a Dame Grand Cross of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, a chivalric Christian order, and served as secretary of the Priory of St.Andrews, and on the promotion board of the national organization. Catherine was a member of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society for 30 years. An avid reader, Catherine loved her family and history, and she spent countless hours doing geneological research. Throughout her life, “Cack” was a devoted wife, daughter, mother and grandmother, and she will be remembered by everyone who knew her for her constant kindness.
She was preceded in death by her father, C. Wilson House, and her brother, C. Wilson House, Jr. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Laurence Maxwell Long, of Kingsport; her mother, Katie Bell House, of Knoxville; sons and daughters-in-law, David W. and Susan H. Long of Knoxville, Craig M. and Jane B. Long of Louisville, KY; daughter and son-in-law, Ellen Long Liston and Scott Liston, of Knoxville; grandchildren D. Wilson Long, Jr. of New York, NY; Elizabeth Long of Knoxville; McLean and Ian Long, both of Louisville, KY; sister, Mary Adair Horde, of Knoxville; brother, Lawrence House, of Knoxville; sister-in-law, Martha Ragsdale House, of Rome, GA; brother-in-law, Ed Hollander of Kingsport; aunt, Mary Epps House of Knoxville; and dozens of nieces and nephews.
Wife of Kenn F. Maxwell, former Alabama Commission of the Clan Maxwell Society
Hertha Jane Maxwell, age 70, of Homewood, AL, died October 18, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Kenn F. Maxwell, parents, Sam Stone and Virgie Baker Stone, sister, Mary Stone Brown, father-in-law, George Nicholas Lagrone. Survivors include her daughter, Karla French Maxwell of Century, FL; son, Charlton Ashley Maxwell of Birmingham, AL; mother-in-law, Loudell C. Lagrone; aunt, Charlene White of Hoover, AL.
Visitation will be held from 12:30-1:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Rockco Funeral Home Chapel Montevallo, with burial in Montevallo Cemetery. Rockco Funeral Home Montevallo Directing.
Vice President and California Commissioner of the Clan Maxwell Society
Alan John Reeder, Vice President and California Commissioner of the Clan Maxwell Society, died August 17, 2009 and will be buried at the Riverside, California, National Cemetery on September 16. He was 61 and is survived by his daughter Gretchen, grandson Zack Bertram, his mother Mary Reeder, brother Robert Reeder and Sister Janis DeBoard. A longtime CalTrans employee in Sacramento, California, Al was the leader of Clan Maxwell activities on the west coast for many years. He hosted Maxwell tents at several major Scottish festivals in California each year in addition to his leadership roles in the national organiation. We mourn his passing, but we are grateful for his leadership and, most of all, for his friendship over the years.
The family has asked that donations be made to the local American Heart Association , in lieu of flowers.