- Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
Name: Billie Ray Maddox
Date of Birth: 20 Feb 1938
Birth County: Van Zandt
Father's name: Thomas M Maddox
Mother's name: Nielma May Murphy
Roll number: 1938_0005
Maddox, Bill R 46337498
b. 1938 d. Jan. 2, 2010 Fairway Garden of Memorie...
Van Zandt County
Obituary for Bill R. Maddox
Bill R. Maddox, long-time media relations expert and former journalist, died January 2, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. He was 71 years old and had resided in San Antonio, Texas 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.
Maddox told his family he may have performed his best press work in May 2006 when he was asked by the family of Senator Bentsen to serve as family spokesperson for his memorial service in Houston and again in September 2006 when former Governor Ann Richards died. Richards' office at Public Strategies, where she also worked, was next to Maddox's office, and she asked him to "handle the media" and announce that she had been diagnosed with cancer. On the day Maddox announced her illness, Richards crowed to Public Strategies employees: "Whoopee, I'm over 70 and I've got my first PR flack of my life."
Maddox was born in Van, Texas, in 1938. He received his first byline at age 14 in his hometown weekly newspaper.
Maddox attended Paris Jr. College, Paris, Texas 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.
Maddox 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 Maddox; 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.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1pm on Tuesday, January 5, at Hilliard Funeral Home in Van, Texas.