Emery A. Maddox Jr.

Born April 20, 1924

Emery A. “Deac” Maddox, Jr., age 89, died July 21, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Martha Wheeler Maddox, and three children: Kim, Kerry, and Rod Maddox, all of Tallahassee. Other members of the family include Rod’s wife Susan and their two daughters, Maggie and Nolan, and Kerry’s daughter Amelia. He is also survived by his brother Guy M. Maddox and children Mickey and Trish, in Johnson City, Tennessee. His funeral service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. Following the service, the family will gather with friends for a celebration of his life at Alfriend Hall behind the church. Emery Maddox was born in Apalachicola and christened there at Trinity Episcopal Church. His family then moved to Tallahassee and joined St. John’s Episcopal Church. Some of “Deac’s” happiest memories were of his childhood in Magnolia Heights on East Park Avenue between Franklin Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue. A graduate of Leon High School, he lettered in varsity baseball. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1945 aboard three different ships in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific war theaters. His war years were a very meaningful part of his life, and he and his children have compiled many of his stories into a document that will be treasured always. After the war, with the support of the GI Bill, he was among the first male students to attend Florida State. At the time, the Florida State College for Women (FSCW) did not admit men, so they were enrolled as the “Tallahassee Branch of the University of Florida” (TBUF), which became Florida State University the next year. On the first day of registration, he met Martha Wheeler and they were married on June 6, 1948.He was in the first graduating class of FSU, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees there. During that time, he also played semi-pro baseball as a member of the Tallahassee Capitals Baseball Club in the late 1940’s. Emery spent most of his business career in the telephone industry, serving almost 30 years with Southeastern/Centel/Sprint companies. His last position there was as Operations Planning Manager. He was a Jaycee, past-President of the Capital City Kiwanis Club, and past-President of the Florida Independent Pioneer Telephone Association. What his family remembers most is his love of his wife and kids, the outdoors, and Apalachicola bay oysters. He was a dedicated family man and taught his kids how to skateboard, water-ski, walk on stilts, and to ride horses at the family farm. The family spent summer vacations camping, mainly in North Carolina, and he loved every minute of those trips. In recent days when reminiscing about those years, he said “we had fun.” After the kids were grown, he and Martha continued to enjoy traveling, most often to national parks around the U.S. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice (1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308); Alzheimer’s Project of Tallahassee (301 E. Tharpe St., Tallahassee, FL 32303); St. John’s Episcopal Church (211 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32301); or to a favored charity.



  • Memorial Service Thursday, July 25, 2013


  • Celebration of his Life

Emery A. Maddox Jr.

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Susan Trimble

July 26, 2013

Emery always greeted me with a smile. I treasure the talks I had with him about WWII and baseball in Tallahassee. He made a good gin and tonic, too. My condolences to you all.

Francie Plendl

July 24, 2013

Condolences from the Plendl Family.
Hans, Konrad, David, Francie and Leilani

Shirley Bodziak

July 23, 2013

Martha, Kim, Kerry & Rod,

You all are in our thoughts and prayers. The reunion will not be the same without him.

wayne rushing

July 23, 2013

I worked many years with Emery at the telephone company and he was respected and admired by all who knew him. I will always remember his patience with others and a smile for everyone. He will be welcomed into heaven and missed here on earth. I send prayers to his family.

Steve Edwards and family

July 23, 2013

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Van and Debbie Buchan

July 23, 2013

Martha,Kim,Kerry,and Rod:Although Years have passed and our families have drifted apart as we follow our carriers,the memories will never fade. I can still see Deac's smile and hear his laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless and keep you safe.

Gwen Spivey

July 23, 2013

His sweet, gentle manner, easy laugh, and love of his family will be missed. just knowing that I could ask his help as a neighbor or advice as an elder meant a great deal to me. He was a fine man.

Gordon Wheeler

July 23, 2013

Our condolences, we will miss him at the annual Wheeler Family Reunion.