Maynard Ivan Stills was born at Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, 21 November 1932, son of Melvin Virgil and Bertha (McCoy) Stills. He died at Evergreen, Jefferson, Colorado, 4 September 2018 and was buried at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Medina, Ohio, 15 September 2017.
He married at Montebello, Los Angeles, California, 27 December 1958, Martha Louise Culp who was born at Canton, Stark, Ohio, 11 June 1933 and died at Evergreen, Jefferson, Colorado, 3 March 2017, daughter of Blaine Merle and Hazel Evangeline (Nelson) Culp.
Born on farm in Greeneville, Tennessee, Maynard was the eldest son of Melvin Virgil and Bertha Naomi (McCoy) Stills. A man of few words, Maynard was loved for his good nature, respected for his hard work, and admired for his devotion to his family.
Raised in a sharecropper’s family, he grew up tobacco farming in Greeneville, TN and Lakeland, FL with his younger brother, Melvin Ross Stills and two sisters, Della Elva Bledsoe and Elizabeth Jewel McClain.
After graduating from Parrottsville High School in Tennessee, Maynard joined the Air Force in Feb 1953 and served as an electrician with the 5039th Installation Squadron (IS), at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska during the Korean War. After training at Lackland AFB in Texas he spent a portion of his service at Shemya Airforce Base on the Aleutian Islands. He left the service in February 1957 as an Airman First Class. Maynard was not especially fond of Alaska as he found it to be too cold.
A year after leaving the Air Force, He started working as a cable-splicer for Pacific Bell, a division of AT&T which became Pacific Telesis after the break up of AT&T in 1982. He later moved to the Pressurization unit. As a skilled tradesman, he was excellent at his job and he was repeatedly encouraged to take a management position with the company. Years of crawling into manholes and climbing telephone poles in inclement weather began to wear on him and he finally relented and accepted
the responsiblities of a manager. Managment was not a position he was well suited for and he found the responsiblities of supervising others difficult and challenging. When he left his position as a Cable Splicer for managment, the company needed found it necessary to employ three additional cable splicers to handle the workload he covered. He retired in 1989.
He married Martha Louise Culp, a divorcee, and soon after his marriage, he adopted Glenn David Mann, Martha’s son from her first marriage.
Maynard and Martha shared bowling, square dancing, pinochle and dinner with many friends. He would thoroughly delight any host who could serve him a meal that earned any praise beyond "it was okay.”
In 1994 and 1995 he had his hips replaced. His right hip was poorly replaced by an inebriated doctor causing his right leg to be a half inch shorter than his left. This would lead to complications later in life. After an attempt to speak with the doctor, he discovered that his doctor had disapeared and could not be found apparently leaving the country.
When Martha died 4 March 2017, they had shared 58 years of marriage together.
Maynard died Monday morning, 4 September 2017 due to complications resulting from dementia.
Children of Maynard Ivan and Martha Louise (Culp) Stills:
1. Glenn David (Mann) Stills, adopted by Maynard in 1963, b. Canton, Stark, Ohio, 23 November 1951 and d. Medford, Jackson, Oregon, 16 June 2006, son of Glenn Delmar and Marthal Louise (Culp) Mann. He married at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 6 Sepember 1984, Annina Maria Giovanna Bruno born at Los Angeles, California, 2 December 1952, daughter of Fancesco Paolo and Antoinette Marie (Macchia) Bruno.
Child of Martha Louise (Culp) Mann and Maynard Ivan Stills:
2. Michael Lee Stills, b. Glendale, Los Angeles, California, 10 June 1963. He married at Plainview, Nassau, New York, 17 October, Tracey Lynn Boyle born at 20 July 1968, Syosset, Nassau, New York, daughter of John Cornelius and Mary Margaret (Lyng) Boyle.
↑ "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K4HS-PYY : accessed 06 Sep 2014), Maynard Stills in household of Virgil M Stills, Midway, Civil District 19, Greene, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 30-28, sheet 11A, family 192, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 3896.
↑ Ancestry.com. California, Marriage Index, 1949-1959 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: California Department of Health and Welfare. California Vital Records—Vitalsearch (www.vitalsearch-worldwide.com). The Vitalsearch Company Worldwide, Inc., Pleasanton, California.
Paternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Maynard Stills and Amy Frittz bighornsaddle1, first cousins once removed. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Possible range: 1st - 2nd Cousins; Confidence: Extremely High.
Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Maynard Stills and D.D. (SandraStewart36), second cousins once removed. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Possible range: 3rd cousins; Confidence: Extremely High.
Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Maynard Stills and Carolyn Gilby (Carolyn Gilby), second cousins once removed. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Possible range: 3rd cousins; Confidence: Extremely High.
Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Maynard Stills and kwdavis007 (kwdavis007), second cousins once removed. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Possible range: 3rd cousins; Confidence: Extremely High.
Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Maynard Stills and T.C. (happydays1014), third cousins. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Possible range: 3rd cousins; Confidence: Extremely High.
Maternal relationship is confirmed by a Family Finder match between Maynard Stills and his third cousins, Richard Lee Newcomb (105 shared cM) and Anna Marie Boden (104 shared cM). Predicted relationship reported by Family Tree DNA: 2nd to 4th Cousins.
Paternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Michael Stills and Keni Bounds . Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Third Cousins; Confidence: Extremely High with 94 centimorgans shared across 3 DNA segments.
Maynard Stills's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Maynard or other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 37 markers, haplogroup R-M269, FTDNA kit #393718
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Maynard:
AncestryDNA, GEDmatch A267587, Ancestry member Mykellee +
Family Tree DNA Family Finder, GEDmatch A267587, FTDNA kit #393718