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1935 Philip 2018

Philip Celey Maddox

November 28, 1935 — December 28, 2018

Philip Celey Maddox, 83 of Sanford passed away Friday December 28, 2018. Memorial services will be held at 2:00pm Saturday at First Baptist Church. The family will greet friends following the service.


Phil grew up in the Tramway community of Lee County and was a proud graduate of Greenwood High School, class of 1954.  He began his career in government services immediately following graduation, working with the Bureau of Public Roads in Raleigh, North Carolina.  As his career advanced, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and completed his Business Administration degree from Georgia State College.  As opportunities opened, Phil worked as a regional branch manager and auditor for the Department of Health and Human Services in Columbia, South Carolina, and made a final move to North Carolina, residing in Sanford and working out of the Raleigh office. After an early retirement at age 49, Phil began a second career as an instructor in the Business Department at Central Carolina Community College.  He loved the time that he spent in the classroom and said that his years at the college were the most rewarding. 


Phil was a member of First Baptist Church in Sanford and attended the Baraca-Brotherhood Sunday School Class.  He served as a greeter in the Family Life Center and was always willing to help where there was a need.  He looked forward to the Christmas season and would help the Salvation Army with red kettle distributions, and bell ringing.  He was also a member of the Lemon Springs Ruritan Club. 


Phil loved being with people and said that a stranger was a friend you just hadn’t met yet.  He enjoyed a good book but would gladly set it aside to visit with family and friends.  He loved to walk and would take his children and grandchildren on adventures in the woods, or on long walks down the beach.  For him, family was the most important thing, and time was a treasure to spend with the ones that he loved. 


Mr. Maddox is survived by his wife Josephine Patterson Maddox; daughters, Audrey Maddox Donaldson and husband John of Clinton, Melanie Maddox West and husband Mark of Sanford, and Leslie Maddox Hanna and husband Joe of Sanford; grandchildren, Brian Donaldson, Trent West, Caroline West, Meg Hanna, Audrey Hanna, Jonathan Hanna, Emily Hanna, and Cameron Hanna. Phil was a son of the late William Velvin Maddox and Laura Mildred Celey Maddox. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Brett Donaldson, and a granddaughter, Madison West; siblings, Jack Maddox, Ann Fraley, Sybil Fincher, and Barbara Liner.


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Saturday, January 5, 2019

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Jonesboro Cemetery

Judd St, Sanford, NC 27332

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

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