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OBITUARY

Ophelia Maddox

February 16, 1925March 20, 2020

Ophelia Miller Maddox passed away on March 20, 2020, at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS at the age of 95. She was born February 16, 1925, in Marion County, MS. She was the widow of Ottis R. Maddox, to whom she was married 54 years before he passed away in 1996. Ophelia was salutatorian of her graduating class of 1942 at Improve High School in Marion County, MS.

Ophelia and Ottis were married in 1942 in Magee, MS. Only months later, he was drafted during WWII by the US ARMY and served two years in the Pacific in the retaking of the Philippines. After the war ended, he returned home to Magee, MS, arriving on Christmas Eve, 1945. Ophelia’s first daughter, Taneean, born while Ottis was overseas, was 18 months old when he arrived home. Ophelia and Ottis were blessed with two more daughters, Janice and Jean.

Mrs. Maddox retired as a Cost Accountant from B.I.C. Institutional Commissary in 1988. At the time of her death, Mrs. Maddox was living with her daughter, Janice, in Hattiesburg and was a member of Temple Baptist Church. She formerly lived in Ridgeland for 62 years. She was a long-time member and Sunday School teacher at Broadmoor Baptist Church.

Mrs. Maddox was preceded in death by her parents, Pink and Hester Miller; four sisters, Maxie Barnes, Fronie Bennett, Alla Mae Broom and Octavia Broom; three brothers, Isaac Miller, Lonnie Miller, and J. E. Miller; and one son-in-law, Rev. Norris Mills.

Mrs. Maddox is survived by one sister, Leo Miller of Clarkesville, GA and one brother-in-law, Lawrence Broom of Alberta, AL; three daughters, Taneean Mills (Norris/deceased) of Hattiesburg, Janice Martin (Johnny) of Hattiesburg, and Jean Stevens (Dr. Gerald) of New Orleans; two grandchildren, Jeffery Ray Mills (Bernice) and Tonya Mills; one great grandson, Justin Mills; two step great grandchildren (Brandi Zeigler and Chris Walker); one great granddaughter, Ivey; five step great great grandchildren; and close family friend, Helen Bruce Broockmann, along with many nieces and nephews.

Ophelia Maddox was a loving wife and mother, compassionate friend, and faithful church member. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Senior Citizens Ministry of Temple Baptist Church, 5220 Old Highway 11, Hattiesburg, MS 39402, as well as Broadmoor Baptist Church, 1531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison, MS 39110.

  • FAMILY

  • Mrs. Maddox was preceded in death by her parents, Pink and Hester Miller; four sisters, Maxie Barnes, Fronie Bennett, Alla Mae Broom and Octavia Broom; three brothers, Isaac Miller, Lonnie Miller, and J. E. Miller; and one son-in-law, Rev. Norris Mills.
    Mrs. Maddox is survived by one sister, Leo Miller of Clarkesville, GA and one brother-in-law, Lawrence Broom of Alberta, AL; three daughters, Taneean Mills (Norris/deceased) of Hattiesburg, Janice Martin (Johnny) of Hattiesburg, and Jean Stevens (Dr. Gerald) of New Orleans; two grandchildren, Jeffery Ray Mills (Bernice) and Tonya Mills; one great grandson, Justin Mills; two step great grandchildren (Brandi Zeigler and Chris Walker); one great granddaughter, Ivey; five step great great grandchildren; and close family friend, Helen Bruce Broockmann, along with many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Private Graveside Service Monday, March 23, 2020

Memories

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Kathryn Grotefend

March 23, 2020

I miss my sweet aunt already, but I will forever remember all the times we had together. She always had a smile and a laugh and was a joy to be around. Love you forever, Aunt Ophelia!

Sheila Trauth

March 23, 2020

Jean, I am so very sorry to hear about your Mother.
I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

My sincere condolences,
Sheila

Shirley Miller

March 22, 2020

Ophelia was always fun to be around. She was a sweet friend. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

Patsy Lewis

March 22, 2020

I am still finding crochet pieces in the tote full of her yarn Jean gave me. I am using yarn with ladies at crossroads, a transition home from prison. I know she would be happy it’s used to bless others. She was a wonderful Lady! 😍❤️

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Biography

Ophelia Miller Maddox passed away on March 20, 2020, at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS at the age of 95. She was born February 16, 1925, in Marion County, MS. She was the widow of Ottis R. Maddox, to whom she was married 54 years before he passed away in 1996. Ophelia was salutatorian of her graduating class of 1942 at Improve High School in Marion County, MS.

Ophelia and Ottis were married in 1942 in Magee, MS. Only months later, he was drafted during WWII by the US ARMY and served two years in the Pacific in the retaking of the Philippines. After the war ended, he returned home to Magee, MS, arriving on Christmas Eve, 1945. Ophelia’s first daughter, Taneean, born while Ottis was overseas, was 18 months old when he arrived home. Ophelia and Ottis were blessed with two more daughters, Janice and Jean.

Mrs. Maddox retired as a Cost Accountant from B.I.C. Institutional Commissary in 1988. At the time of her death, Mrs. Maddox was living with her daughter, Janice, in Hattiesburg and was a member of Temple Baptist Church. She formerly lived in Ridgeland for 62 years. She was a long-time member and Sunday School teacher at Broadmoor Baptist Church.

Mrs. Maddox was preceded in death by her parents, Pink and Hester Miller; four sisters, Maxie Barnes, Fronie Bennett, Alla Mae Broom and Octavia Broom; three brothers, Isaac Miller, Lonnie Miller, and J. E. Miller; and one son-in-law, Rev. Norris Mills.

Mrs. Maddox is survived by one sister, Leo Miller of Clarkesville, GA and one brother-in-law, Lawrence Broom of Alberta, AL; three daughters, Taneean Mills (Norris/deceased) of Hattiesburg, Janice Martin (Johnny) of Hattiesburg, and Jean Stevens (Dr. Gerald) of New Orleans; two grandchildren, Jeffery Ray Mills (Bernice) and Tonya Mills; one great grandson, Justin Mills; two step great grandchildren (Brandi Zeigler and Chris Walker); one great granddaughter, Ivey; five step great great grandchildren; and close family friend, Helen Bruce Broockmann, along with many nieces and nephews.

Ophelia Maddox was a loving wife and mother, compassionate friend, and faithful church member. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Senior Citizens Ministry of Temple Baptist Church, 5220 Old Highway 11, Hattiesburg, MS 39402, as well as Broadmoor Baptist Church, 1531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison, MS 39110.