Long-time Turlock resident Samuel Tate Maddox died peacefully at the Covenant Village Care Center, Friday evening, November 21. He was 98. He was born in Atlanta, GA, January 24, 1916 to Charles and Maude Sibyl Maddox and was one of seven children. He married his high school sweetheart, Carlotta Iva Althizer, in 1936. They had 3 sons. She pre-deceased him in 1970. He was a World War II Army veteran. Worked many years for Quaker Oats Co. later moving to Turlock
Sam worked in the turkey business for Val-Chris as senior buyer and later for Tony Volk as salesman.
He married Turlock resident Vashti Kennedy, in September 1975. After retiring, he and Vashti moved into the Covenant Village in 1997 where they enjoyed many friendships and traveling internationally. Vashti passed away in 2008.
He was a frequent letter-to-the editor contributor to the Turlock Journal and the Modesto Bee newspapers. He always took strong stands on a variety of moral issues. He and Vashti were members of the Bethel Temple in Turlock where he taught Bible classes. He represented Gideon International. He is survived by his three sons Raleigh/ Ann in Chattanooga, TN; the Rev. Dr. Donald Maddox, Pasadena, CA, and Bill/ Shawn in Jonesboro, GA. He is also survived by step daughters Judy/Larry Christoffersen of Turlock, and Linda/Howard Ericksen of MT. He was preceded in death by stepdaughter Georgia Paul.
He also leaves 18 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Emanuel Hospital’s Jessica’s House, 741 E. Main Street, Turlock 95380 in memory both of Maddox and his great granddaughter Jessica Everett for whom Jessica’s House is named. Memorial service and burial was held in Tenn.