Last living parent of one of four girls killed in 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing passes away

Published: Jan. 2, 2022 at 2:00 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The family of Mrs. Maxine McNair announced the peaceful passing of their mother on Sunday, January 2.

McNair was the mom and last living parent of Denise McNair, one of the four little girls killed in the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. McNair was 93 years old.

Her family released the following statement in a press release:

“Mrs. McNair was an amazing wife and mother and as a teacher of 33 years in the Birmingham public school system imparted knowledge in the lives of hundreds. We are going to miss her laughter and her humor. The family would appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers.”

Former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones said the following:

“Maxine always found, found good in everybody. And she wanted to make sure that Birmingham was a better place to live. And she was resilient and she was forceful about it, but she also lived by example and she was a warm hearted person that stayed here.”

Visitation for McNair will be held Friday, January 7 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Davenport and Harris Funeral Home.

McNair’s funeral will be held Saturday, January 8 at 11 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church. The service will also be streamed for those unable to attend or for those who just wish to pay their respects.


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