Bill R. Maddox
Bill R. Maddox, long-time media relations expert and former journalist, died Jan. 2, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Hilliard Funeral Home in Van, Texas, with burial to follow at Fairway Garden of Memories Cemetery.
He was 71 years old and had resided in San Antonio for 10 years.
Maddox was a senior strategist and media consultant for 13 years at Public Strategies, Inc., headquartered in Austin, from 1996 to 2009 when he retired. He served for nine years as a press secretary of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee and of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, having been appointed by Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen of Texas.
Born in Van, Texas, in 1938, Maddox received his first byline at age 14 in his hometown weekly newspaper.
Maddox attended Paris (Texas) Jr. College, majoring in journalism. He entered the U.S. Army in 1958, serving in a public relations capacity in the 4th Armored Division in Germany.
In 1961, Maddox began his 15-year newspaper career, working as a reporter on daily newspapers in Irving, Tyler, Marshall, Texarkana and Port Arthur. He began his newspaper career as a general reporter and ended it as executive editor of the Port Arthur News. He won numerous awards and served as president of the Northeast Texas Press Association and on the board of the Texas Press Association.
He was a long-time member of the Episcopal Church and was especially proud of his service at two parishes as head of stewardship committees.
Maddox is survived by his wife of 22 years, Christine; daughters, Amy Maddox, Stacy DuPreeze, and Katherine Maddox; granddaughter, Mackenzie Rabin; grandson, Luke Maddox; son-in-law, Louis DuPreez; sisters, Betty Jo Goode and Jean Bass; and brother, G.W. Maddox. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.