Obituary: William Gordon Maddox

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William Gordon Maddox, age 94, went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 20, 2024. Gordon was born on June 5, 1930 in Florida to Alphonsa Hoyte Maddox and Verna Hudspeth Maddox. Gordon grew up working on his family farm around the Graceville, Florida area along with his older sister, Hazel Eudine Maddox Pennington, and younger brother, Billy Hoyte Maddox.

Gordon graduated high school in 1948 as the Valedictorian of Campbellton High School in Campbellton, Florida and enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served for four years, several of those spent on Okinawa. After an honorable discharge from the USAF, Gordon attended Troy Teachers College in Troy, Alabama where his younger brother, Bill, was already a student. Both brothers were active in the band and were musically talented. Gordon graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Accounting and he went on to receive a Masters Degree from the University of South Carolina.

William Gordon Maddox

While attending Auburn University, Gordon was introduced to the love of his life, his wife, June Curry Maddox.  He fondly told the story of their first date and of the friend that set them up on that date. June and Gordon were married for many, many years and traveled the world together.  They eventually settled back in her hometown of Hokes Bluff, Alabama until her passing on May 6, 2014.

Gordon enjoyed a career as a CPA for several large corporations throughout his lifetime but has said he worked to be able to travel and enjoy his hobbies. He was a member of MENSA, played the trombone and upright bass and enjoyed ballroom dancing with his wife.

Gordon was a brilliant man but that kept him from grasping the salvation that Jesus Christ offers to each of us for the majority of his life. His family had prayed for his salvation for many years and that prayer was dutifully answered on June 19, 2024 when he began asking about Heaven and how he could see his wife, June, one day again. A wonderful nurse at the assisted living facility where he was living shared the Gospel with him and he accepted Christ. Little did we know that the Lord would call him home the very next day.

William Gordon Maddox was predeceased by his parents, Alphonsa Hoyte Maddox and Verna Hudspeth Maddox, his sister, Hazel Eudine Maddox Pennington and husband Edwin Wesley Pennington and his brother, Billy Hoyte Maddox.  Also, his beloved nephew, John Penney Curry and his wife Jane Lee Curry.

Gordon is survived by his sister in law, Wendy Darrow Maddox of Buford, GA; niece, Janice Faye Justice (Donald) of Pensacola, FL; nephew, Eddy Pennington (Margaret) of Troy, AL; great-niece, Elizabeth Curry Baker (Boyce) of Centre, AL; great-nephew, JP Curry (Michelle) of Centre, AL; great-niece, Ashley Pennington Glover (Brad) of Southside, AL; great-nephew, Wesley John Pennington (Danielle) of Josie, AL; great-niece, Cayce Curry Pritchett (Raymond) of Key West, FL; great-niece, Carla Justice Symank of Pensacola, FL; great-nephew, Brian Justice of Pensacola, FL; great-great-nephews Reese Mimbs, Braden Curry (Madeline), Logan Glover, TJ Baker, Wyatt Baker, Colt Pennington and great-great-nieces Harley Curry Holcomb (Daniel) and Kyleigh Pennington.

The family would like to thank the incredible staff at Cherokee Village Specialty Care Assisted Living for their friendship, care and compassion. We thank you for making Gordon’s time there happy and for sharing Christ’s love with him.

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