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MADDOX, Jack Clinton: 1919 – 2006

Jack Clinton Maddox, 86, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2006.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Chapel in PAris, TX with the Rev. Ray Starnes and Tommy Townsend officiating. Interment follows in Woodland Cemetery. Lunch will be served at Woodland Methodist Church following the interment.

The family receives friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

He was born Dec. 10, 1919, in Medicine Mound, TX to Benjamin Franklin Maddox and Nettie Hightower Maddox. He was one of 13 children.

He attended Southern Methodist University on basketball and track scholarships but transferred to West Texas State University in Canyon to play on the nation’s tallest basketball team, where he was named All-American in basketball. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education.

He served in the U. S. Marine Corps during World War II in 1944-1945 and was selected to be in charge of athletics in Honolulu for soldiers returning for R&R. He played for the United States All America Team in Hawaii against such notables as the Harlem Globetrotters and others. He met the love of his life, Reva, who was Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard while on R&R in Honolulu, they married July 24, 1946, in San Francisco.

He played professional basketball in Minnesota from 1946 to 1948. He returned to Texas to be involved in ranching and Quarter Horse breeding. He taught school and was a high school principal and a referee for many years in many county and city basketball games. He operated four ranches near Paris for the Pritchard and Ray Cattle Co., managing herds of Bramha, Hereford and Angus Cattle. He was a regular on the Rodeo Circuit for over 20 years as a calf roper and in 1959 was the first president of the Paris Rodeo and Horse Club.

He was chosen by the Pan American and Greyhound travel agencies in 1961 to represent the United States as the typical Texan and American Cowboy and made a one-month “Visit the USA” tour of Europe making radio and television appearances promoting Travel of Europeans to the United States. He personally delivered President John F. Kennedy’s “Visit USA” message to people of Western Europe and also represented Paris as an Honorary Mayor for this trip. In 1970 he started his own cattle and ranching operation retiring at the age of 78.

He was an exceptional man in many ways, the first to help out in any situation and to tell you that he never met a person he did not like; he will be missed by his many friends and especially his loving family. He was a loving and devoted husband, a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather and a friend to all.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Reva Maddox.

He is survived by his son, Clint Maddox and his wife, Pat and grandchildren, Steven and Jeff of Austin TX . Also, daughter, Cassie Townsend and her husband, Tommy, and grandchildren, Justin, Trent and Blair of Austin; daughter, Pamela Maddox and her son, Chris Barnes and wife, Samantha, of Flower Mound and their children, Riley, Taylor and Kellee Barnes of Dallas.

Granjack will be deeply missed by his grandchildren not only for his keen wisdom but his loving, laughing way in dealing with the realities of life.

Serving as pallbearers will be Justin Townsend, Trent Townsend, Steven Maddox, Jeff Maddox, Barney Bray and Joe Shannon.

His brothers will serve as honorary pallbearers.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Jack’s name to the Paris Rodeo and Horse Club.