Perry Othello Maxey
April 2001 marked the end of an era for Maxey Seat Cover and Auto Tops. Perry O. Maxey, founder of Roanoke Seat Shop, Auto Seat Cover Center and founder of Maxey Seat Cover Center in 1954, passed away from a long battle with heart disease. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster & Bronze Star with commendation along with other awards for his efforts with the 3rd Division who are known for the tremendous battles they fought on the Anzio Beach in Italy during WWII.
On Feb 2, 1954, Perry opened his first shop on 11th street in Northwest Roanoke. His services ranged from convertible tops to various automotive interior repairs. Most of these services ranged in price from $1.00 for basic drunkstrap repairs to as high as $60.00 complete convertible top repairs.
Perry relocated the shop to the current location on Melrose Avenue, just blocks from the original location, in 1979. Heart complications prompted Perry to officially retire in 1982 but continued to assist every way possible through 1989.
Today, these similar services may range from $10.00 to $600.00. Still within Perry's wishes to maintain a high level of quality services for the automobile industry in Roanoke, VA. His son, Mahlon currently owns and operates the shop with his two sons assisting. Additionally, several of the staff Perry trained are still practicing the profession over 20 years later - (Tom Dickerson, General Manager; Joe Kelly, Trim Manager; Jim Molter, Service Manager).
Until his passing Perry enjoyed working his Angus Farm and visiting with family, friends and WWII buddies.
Please take a few moments to think of Perry for his contributions to his Family, the Automobile Industry and the United States.