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Max Henry Church

August 2, 1956 ~ November 26, 2018 (age 62)


Max Henry Church, 62, of Chattanooga, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2018.


Max was born in Rwanda on August 2, 1956 into a missionary family and lived most of his life in Africa. He loved playing tennis, golf, painting, and singing. He openly loved his family as his first priority but he never passed an opportunity to help others.


The first thing on his calendar for the morning after he died was to go to Goodwill to help someone get a wheelchair. This was who he was.


With ADRA, Max helped build churches, wells, schools, relief programs, and entire livelihoods. With just his heart and personality, he raised 8 children, stayed married to 1 amazing mother, and enhanced so many lives with his friendship. He was greater than many kings were and the fact that this is a shock to people all over the world proves it.


He was Licensed Sales Agent for United Healthcare, worked 21 years in international community development, and was multilingual with fluency in French, Creole, Swahili, and English.

The world is so much better because of Max’s existence. What an imprint he has made!


To Max’s family, he is a hero and a legend.


He was preceded in death by his father Max J. Church; Children, Brendon Church, Riquel Burton, Bridgette Mabuto, Kaley Church, Brianna Schwarz, Sabrina Church, Staci Church, Mariah Church; mother, Irma Wrate Church; siblings, Jan McAlpine, Lowell Church, Leona Stanton, Rodrick Church, Rene Church.


A memorial service was held in Max’s honor on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

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Arrangements entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home of Chattanooga.



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