Clay native and political fixture Maxine Roberts dies at age of 73

NASHVILLE-Clay County native and longtime political executive assistant Maxine Roberts passed away here last week and she is being remembered for her kindness and willingness to help others here at the State Capitol.

According to Dru Smith Fuller’s blog (, Roberts came to Nashville early in her career, rising to the top as an aide to the late Lt. Gov. John Wilder–who died in 2010 and was the state’s longest serving lieutenant governor by holding office for 36 years from 1971-2007.

“She was known to have Wilder’s ear; she was the person who kept him on schedule; she was the person who was instrumental in serving his constituents,” the blog said.  “She was known throughout the legislature for her kindness and her willingness to help others.  She often brought gifts to her friends just to show her esteem for them.

“Maxine was often kidded about her very feminine walk,” the blog continued.  “She said she acquired that walk as a child following her father’s tractor to plant seeds and jumping over the clods as he plowed them up.”

Roberts’ picture appears in composite photos of nearly 40 years of General Assemblies displayed in Legislative Plaza halls and her obituary information said she was a “life-long Democrat who actively campaigned for party candidates throughout Tennessee, and served in various capacities on county, state, and national levels, and as a delegate to several state and national conventions.

“She was honored for her service by the Davidson County Democratic Women, and the Council of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County proclaimed October 16, 2003 as “Maxine Day” in her honor.”

Roberts was the sister of local Ralph Roberts, the late Durrell Roberts, and Betty Fay Lewis.  She was the daughter of the late Harley and Selma Roberts.  Funeral services were held in Celina last Friday and she was buried in the Turkey Town Cemetery.

Roberts’ full obituary information can be found by clicking here.