Max William Hertweck

May 07, 1935 - May 05, 2017

Max William Hertweck

May 07, 1935 - May 05, 2017


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Obituary for Max William Hertweck

Max William Hertweck, 81, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 5, 2017, in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Max was born May 7, 1935, in Pittsburg, Kansas. While he would say he “grew up” in Columbus, Georgia, he graduated from Rock Island High School in Illinois and then attended Mississippi Southern College (now University of Southern Mississippi)

Max was an acclaimed photographer and had his first job at “The Davenport Morning Democrat” (Iowa) as a police reporter-photographer. At age 18, he worked for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, assisting while the paper was covering “The Phenix City Story: Sin City of the South” for which time the paper won a Pulitzer Prize for best reporting. He then moved to Virginia working as staff photographer for the “Newport Newspaper”; and then while working at the “Virginian-Pilot”, was elected President of the Virginia New Photographers Association and was given the Virginian-Pilot’s highest award for Excellence in Photography. During his photographic career, he covered the 1960 Presidential campaigns of Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy; photographed Fidel Castro, Teddy and Bobby Kennedy, President Lyndon Johnson, Indira Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and John-John Kennedy with Caroline Jacqueline Kennedy.

His career in media, transformed from photography into the realm of cable television via Landmark Communications and TeleCable Corporation. During his career, he helped to build cable systems in Decatur, Alabama, Columbus, Georgia, and finally in Lexington, Kentucky, where he served as Vice President and General Manager-Lexington until the company was sold in 1995 when he retired with his wife to Florida to play his favorite game, golf.

His parents, G.P. and Gladys Chowning Hertweck; and a granddaughter, Mackenzie B. Hertweck, preceded Max in death.

Max leaves behind his wife of 58 years, LaQuita “Queet” Pridgen Hertweck; a daughter, Paige (Jonathan) Reinstine of Louisville, Kentucky; a son, William (Jennifer) Hertweck of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky; his grandchildren, Will and Molly Reinstine, Caleb Hertweck, and Ryan and Justin Wilhoit; and two brothers, Romayne (Alma) Hertweck of Oceanside, California, and Dale (Elene) Hertweck of Rutherfordton, North Carolina.

There will be a celebration of Max’s life on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Amelia Island Chapel (36 Bowman Road, Amelia Island, Florida 32034) at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall.

The family requests memorial donations be made in Max's name for Psoriatic Arthritis Research (via The National Psoriasis Foundation, 6600 SW 92nd Avenue Suite 300, Portland, Oregon, 97223) or online at; or Samaritan’s Purse (Samaritan’s Purse PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607) or online at

Lewis Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel, has been entrusted with arrangements.

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