COOKEVILLE -- Funeral services for Jim (Bud) Maddux, 84, of Cookeville will be held Tuesday, June 12, at 11 a.m. at the Cookeville chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Cookeville Masonic Lodge #266 F&AM will conduct a Masonic memorial service today, Monday, June 11, at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Maddux Cemetery in Buffalo Valley.
Family will receive friends today, Monday, June 11, from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday, June 12, from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.
Mr. Maddux died Sunday, June 10, 2007, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 21, 1922, in Buffalo Valley to the late Clarence Josiah and Mollie Foster Smith Maddux.
He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the 82nd Airborne, serving in the European Theatre of Operations as a paratrooper. Prior to the Normandy Invasion, his unit parachuted into France. He was a prisoner of war for over 11 months after being captured by the Germans in France, despite five attempts to escape. He neither bragged nor complained about his service. He later became very active in POW affairs and was a founding member of the EX-POW, Chapter 1, in Dearborn, Mich.
After returning from the war, he married and worked hard to raise his family. He was a retired long haul truck driver with Commercial Carriers, which enabled him to travel throughout the country, delivering products to 48 states. He was also a member of Teamster's Local Union 299 in Detroit, Mich.
He was awarded the American Theatre Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with a Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart and Distinguished Unit Badge. He was a member of American Legion Post 409 in Allen Park, Mich., and American Legion Post 46 in Cookeville. He was also a lifetime member of Lincoln Park Masonic Lodge #539 in Lincoln Park, Mich., and a member of Christ Community
Mr. Maddux will be remembered as a man with strong opinions who was a good husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by many, remembered fondly and thought of often.
His family includes his wife, Mary Ralph Jared Maddux, (whom he married June 16, 2000, in Cookeville); his daughter, Susan Jones of Cookeville; two stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Ralph Grady and Kathy Maddux of Chattanooga and Freddie and Susan Maddux of Cookeville; two brothers, C.J. Maddux of Andersonville and Bill Maddux of Oak Ridge; three grandchildren, Patricia Ann Maddux, Mollie Jones and Erin Sims and husband, Margues; two step-grandchildren, Rachel and Sarah Maddux; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Maddux was preceded in death by his first wife, Essie Nell Kirby Maddux; his son, Daniel Josiah Maddux; and his sister, Frances Johnson.
Pallbearers will be members of Veteran's Honor Guard.
Memorial donations may be made to Lazarus House Hospice.
Rev. Ed Malone will officiate the services.
[Herald Citizen Newspaper, Cookeville, TN, June 11, 2007]
Grave marker for Jim S. Maddux and first wife, Nell, in
Maddux Cemetery, Putnam county, TN. His second wife Mary Ralph
Jared Maddux [1931–2016]
is also buried in this same cemetery.
Jim enlisted in the Army at Fort
Oglethorpe, GA on 21 April 1943.
Pvt Maddux was transferred from Field
Force Replacement Depot #8 to Hq 2nd, 508th PIR on 5 April 1944.
He made the jump into Normandy on
D-Day and was reported missing in action as of 6 June 1944. In
fact, he had been taken prisoner that same day.
Pvt Maddux was liberated from Stalag
4B after hostilities ended.
On 5 June 1945, Pfc Maddux arrived in
New York, NY aboard the SS William H Jackson. He was discharged on 24
His military decorations include the
Combat Infantryman Badge awarded for the Normandy Campaign, from 6 June