Max H. Muse, age 63 a lifelong resident of Carthage died Thursday, September 30, 2021. 

A native of Moore County, he was a son of the late James Braswell and Ruth Harrell Muse. A graduate of Union Pines High School and Sandhills Community College, Max was called to serve his community in nursing and rescue. As a registered nurse he worked at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital for 35 years in various capacities. His passion was the 48 years he spent with the Carthage Rescue Squad where He served as Captain and helped countless people in need over those years. Whenever there was a call, Max was there. He became North Carolina’s first RN Medical Examiner and served Moore County for 15 years. Max earned many certifications including BLS, EMT, ACLS, PALS, BTLS, TNCC, RN, MICN, and SAR.

He was also awarded  the Rotary Club of Carthage Citizen of the Year Award and  Moore County Board of Commissioners Appreciation Award. 

Max was currently serving as President for the Moore County Amateur Radio Society.

He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church Carthage where he served as an Elder. 

He is survived by his wife of 29 years Jeannie Stocks Muse; their daughter Emily Muse; brother James Muse and wife Jackie of Whispering Pines; sister Carol Muse and husband Paul of Carthage; nephews Jamison and Jackson Muse and Ty and Ben White; and many beloved cousins.  

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Sunday at First Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. Rick Martindale. Burial will follow in Cross Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home Saturday from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and other times at the home. 

The family kindly asks that each person wear a mask while attending any of the services. 

Memorials may be made to Carthage Fire & Rescue.


Visitation: October 2, 2021 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home
402 Saunders Street
Carthage, NC 28327


Funeral Service: October 3, 2021 2:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church of Carthage
110 S Ray Street
Carthage, NC 28327


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  1. So very sorry to learn of Max’s death. He was a good family man. He cared deeply about his community and it’s people. He served many years with Carthage Rescue and helped oh so many citizens. My heart goes out to Jeannie, Emily, Carol and Jimmy. He was a good and faithful servant to his community. We have all lost a true friend and family man. My heart goes out to his family.

  2. To the family of Max our deepest sympathy He will surely be missed. I worked with him in the ER many years and knew him from the time he was a young man answering calls on Carthage 301 before the EMS took over. He was one of a kind. He had empathy for his patients and was an excellent nurse. I was proud to know him and looked forward to going to work when he was on my shift. He was the best. Bradie Taylor Carthage NC

  3. With sympathy to the family. Max was such a friendly person, always with a smile for others. He will be missed. Praying for God’s grace, peace and comfort for all.

  4. So sorry to hear of the passing of Max. He will truly be missed by all as he touched so many lives. Prayers to all his family.

  5. Who is going to put a humorous spin on everything around us? Who is going to make us laugh when life says we should cry? Who is going to fill the void that Max has left in our hearts? I am so glad our paths crossed upon this earth. Thanks for all the laughter – – couldn’t have made it without it.

  6. So very sorry for this great loss. I remember him running around the hospital, busy as a bee but always smiling.

  7. Sending sincere sympathy for the Muse family – Max was a good person always to so many people, we were blessed to know him. Sending prayers for the family.

  8. Jeannie, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Max. I pray that you find God’s peace and comfort during the time. You and your daughter will be in our prayers. Much love for you, I miss working with you. Love Kayly Lindley

  9. I’ve known Max for many years, since he worked at the hospital as a nurse. He was a good man and he will be sorely missed. This came as quite a shock.

  10. So sorry to hear about Max passing he was a good man. He also devoted his life to public service. J.R.Gibbons Retired Police.

  11. Jeannie and Emily my prayers are lifted up that strength and comfort of God will surround you and carry you through this time. Anyone that had the good fortune of knowing Max knew a man of compassion, amazing humor, and a love of his community, friends and especially his family.

  12. It was with extreme sadness that I learned of Max’s death. Please known that your are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Dal Mallory
    Muse Reunion Association, Inc, Historian/Genealogist

  13. We are very sorry to hear of Max’s passing. It came as a shock that he and my father passed on the same day, when Max was the person who saved his life 30+ years earlier.
    Max was the most genuine, kind and humble person you’d ever meet. And you knew if Max was there, you would be ok.
    Our condolences and love during this difficult time.
    Chris and Allison McKenzie

  14. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with all of you at this time. Our hearts are broken over the loss of Max.

  15. So sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of meeting Mr.Muse at CES as I taught his daughter. He was a wonderful parent as Emily as a great student. All the family will be in my prayers now and the days to
    follow. Thinking you and your mom. 🙏🏻💕

  16. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all. I’m so glad Max was one of the people I got to met on my life journey.

  17. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. May you feel the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit now and in the days to come. We love you!

    Michael, Michelle, Caroline & Brynne Haller

  18. So saddened to hear about your dear loss. He was such a great friend & an awesome nurse who really cared about his patients. He was so proud of his family & loved y’all dearly. Prayers for you Jeannie,Emily & family. Holding y’all close to our hearts & love y’all much. 💕

  19. Jeannie, Emily & Family,
    You all are in my thoughts & prayers at this time. It was such a shock to hear of Max death.
    I will always remember Max for his caring for people & his willingness to help me in any situation. Every time we had a snow storm or hurricane, Max made sure I along with so many more were taken care of. He would always make sure I could get to & from work. I told him many times I could not have done it without him. He was a true blessing & a special person.
    He will be missed so much.
    Love to you❤️.

  20. Many prayers are with you Jeannie, Emily, Carol, and Paul. As others have stated before you knew Max loved his family and his work and he really cared for people. He saved many lives.

  21. To the family. Our prayers that the Lord will comfort you all in this time of sorrow. We go way back to high school, a fun person to be around. From 1970’s Union Pines Band member to a great friend through the years. I will miss our paths crossing, the talks and smiles. R.I.P. friend.

  22. Jeannie & Emily, I can’t begin to out in words how much Max meant to the Mashburn family over the years. He was always there for us and to answer my questions on my parents care through 2 open heart surgeries for my mother, pacemaker among other episodes with my father before his death in May of 2020. He was always there to pick up the phone or drop what he might be doing at that time to come check on them . He will forever hold a special place in our hearts. He wasn’t just a friend and neighbor— he was family. May God be with you both and all his family during the days ahead. My family will continue to keep you in our prayers and we are only down the road and a phone call away if you should ever need us.
    Cathy Mashburn Frye
    Esther Mashburn

  23. I will miss Max so very much and pray that God gives Jeannie, Emily and family the comfort you need in these tough times. While I served as staff for the Planning Board since 2014, Max could be counted on for comic relief and practical wisdom. A flash of a quick smile, he was such a sweet and entertaining person. I loved his Carthage stories. May he be a role model in how to give to others. While we are crying, God is probably laughing.

    Kathy Liles

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