LUMBERTON — A Lumberton city councilman is in critical but stable condition at Duke Medical Center after what appears to have been a heart attack he suffered at home on Tuesday.
Councilman Leon Maynor has represented Precinct 7 since 1995, making him the longest serving member on the eight-person council.
“The family deeply appreciates all the outpouring of the love and concerns that have been expressed,” said Maynor’s wife Jan. “We appreciate the well wishes and we ask that you continue to call our name in prayer.”
Maynor is in his sixth term, which will expire in December 2019. His precinct covers a twisting swath of the city along Carthage Road and West Fifth Street, parts of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, along Interstate 95 where the precinct takes in Pinecrest Country Club, before looping into an area around the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
Precinct 7 was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 8, 2016, forcing the closure of West Lumberton Elementary School. Last week Maynor, a retired educator, appeared before the school board and made a passionate plea that the school not be closed, saying if it reopened he believed many residents who have left the community after the flood would return.
“Leon loves Lumberton and West Lumberton and he has used his time on the council to work to make them better places to live,” his wife said.
Maynor’s older brother Glenn served as sheriff of Robeson County from 1994 to 2005.