MADDOX—Jerry Maddox died peacefully in his own bed on May 3, 2022. He was 91.
Jerry was born in Ventura, Calif., on November 29, 1930 to Sylvester and Carrie (Hudson) Maddox. He grew up in Carpinteria, Calif., graduated from Ventura Jr. College in 1950 then attended California Polytechnic State University until he was called to active duty to serve in the Navy during the Korean Campaign.
In 1954, he went back to school at Fresno State College and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts and a California teaching credential in 1956. After teaching for 30 years at Sam Brannon Middle School in Sacramento, he retired.
In 1956, he married Sandra Runnels and fathered three daughters. They divorced in 1971. In 1972, he married Barbara Hodge of Sacramento. In 1977, his middle daughter Jenna died in a car accident. In 1989, Barbara (predeceased in February 2007) and Jerry moved to Florence and bought a home in Greentrees Village. His “significant other” Lora Speer predeceased him in January 2016.
He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying, golf, billiards, sailing, bowling, working in his shop, going to the Elks Lodge and snow birding to Yuma, Ariz. For 16 years, under the alias of Mr. Chuckles, he diligently produced a daily Chuckle email that was enjoyed by friends he met throughout his years.
Survivors include his two daughters Sheila Myers and Carrie Maddox, grandson Russell Myers and five great grandchildren.
A memorial will be held for Jerry on Sunday, May 29, at noon at the Florence Elks Lodge.