Col. Douglas R. Maddox Sr.

February 5, 1935December 28, 2013
Play Tribute Movie

Colonel Douglas Roger Maddox Sr. (Ret.) 78, died on December 28th in Tallahassee, Florida after a wonderful Christmas in Atlanta with family and friends. He was born in New Brockton, Alabama on February 5th, 1935 to Bonnie Mae and Elmer Manuel Maddox. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 55 years, Dolores deGomar Maddox. He is also survived by LTC. Douglas Roger Maddox Jr. (Ret.) (Diana), Gregory Manuel Maddox (Debra), and Kimberly Maddox Childress (Brian). His grandchildren include Crystal, Bryce, Jordan, Xavier,Douglas Julian (DJ), and seven great-grandchildren. His happiest times were at Dog Island enjoying his home, Our Little Bit of Heaven, with Dolores, their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the Dog Islanders. Colonel Maddox received his Army ROTC commission from the University of Florida, 1957, he then was assigned to Ft. Benning, Georgia. With the Berlin Airlift, his unit was activated and he served as Hospital Administrator at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Upon completion of his duty, he was assigned to the Selective Service System where he served implementing what would become his achievement and legacy that would allow young men, while applying for a Driver’s Learner's Permit, would be able to sign up for the Selective Service System simultaneously through the Dept. of Motor Vehicles. Since the Florida initiative 44 of the 50 States have adopted his Model. He supported other states with their implementation until his retirement in 1989. Colonel Maddox received a Presidential Appointment and served as the Florida State Director of the Selective Service System until 2010. He also served with FEMA. Colonel Maddox graduated from Hillsborough High School Tampa, Florida and was a Kappa Sigma ( Delta Delta Chapter) at the University of Florida. Upon graduation in 1957, he received training to work with the deaf and blind at Gallaudet University. He began his working career with State of Florida, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, in St. Petersburg working with deaf/blind clients following his training. He joined the Space program in St. Petersburg, working with the Minuteman program. As the space program was gearing down, he then was called to join the Office of Florida Governor Claude Kirk heading up the ARRIVE ALIVE program. Doug was one of the first three employees at a new Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS). The three went to Cape Canaveral to hire recently laid-off Space workers for this new Department of HRS. While at HRS, he worked with Family and Children Services implementing a variety of programs. He was requested to go to Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Office of the Secretary to administer and implement the move of their offices from downtown to Northwood Center. From Administrative Services in the Secretary’s office, he was promoted to Division Director up until his retirement. Always actively involved in the community, not only in St. Petersburg but also when he moved to Tallahassee serving as American Territorial Krewe Chief for Springtime Tallahassee. He was Chairman of the Board for Leon Association of Retarded Citizens (LARC) and planned many fund raisers. A huge Gator, he loved getting together with the Leon County Gator Booster Club. He was a major Booster and fund raiser for the new Lincoln High School. He and his family were founding members of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Tallahassee setting up and arranging the first Mass at Maclay School before the Church was built and also did the same for Holy Cross Catholic Church prior to moving to Tallahassee. He was a major Fund Raiser and Friend to Shrine of Martyrs of La Florida Missions, here in Tallahassee. Funeral arrangements (both at Good Shepherd Catholic Church) Jan. 10, Visitation 6:30 – 8:00pm Rosary at 7:00 pm Jan. 11, Funeral Mass at 11am with Luncheon reception immediately following in the Parish Hall Family asks you wear shades of blue...

Arrangements under the direction of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Tallahassee, FL.



  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2014
  • Mass Of The Resurrection Saturday, January 11, 2014


  • Reception

Col. Douglas R. Maddox Sr.

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted


January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014

Kendra Roberts

January 21, 2014

Dolores, just read the obituary, I was out of town when your husband passed away. My prayers are with you and your family.

Vivienne Treharne

January 13, 2014


Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the soul of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."
“May angels lead him into paradise;
may the martyrs receive him at his coming
and lead him to the holy city of Jerusalem.

May a choir of angels receive him and with Lazarus,
who once was poor,
may he have eternal rest.”

Robert and I are praying for you. May you be comforted at this time of sorrow. I love you and know our Blessed Mother is caring for you and Col Maddox,

Nikki Moye

January 11, 2014

May the Lord comfort you in this time Mrs. Maddox. We will miss Mr. Maddox coming to Lowe's know that we are praying for you and your family.

LOWE'S NE Capitol Circle

Geraldine Harrison

January 11, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

June Council

January 9, 2014

May God Bless you in this time of grief. Know that Claude and I are praying and will continue to pray for you and your family always.