By ERIC HANSON, Houston Chronicle
Maddox, 82, died Sunday at his home after battling heart disease. "He was a lawman's lawman type of sheriff. He was fair and firm when he needed to be," said Austin County Sheriff R. DeWayne Burger.
Maddox joined the department as a $150-a-month deputy in 1948 and was elected to the county's top law enforcement post in 1953. He served until his retirement in 1987. A Madison County native, Maddox served in the 36th Division of the U.S. Army in World War II. He saw combat in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany, winning a Bronze Star.
He eventually became one of only two full-time paid law enforcement officers in Austin County. When he was elected sheriff, he earned $3,600 a year and ran a department that had a budget of only $19,000. Maddox led hundreds of manhunts over the years, including the search for the man wanted in the 1976 slaying of DPS Trooper Mark A. Frederick. Billy George Hughes Jr. was found hiding under a mesquite tree after a three-day search. Convicted of capital murder, he was executed earlier this year.
He was born 09/30/1917 in Madison County, Texas. He is the son James Lawson Maddox.Submitted by B. G. Maddox (a second cousin), Assistant Chief, Bryan TX Police Department, retiring in 2000 after 34 years of law enforcement service. Photos from Texas Monthly, 1984
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