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Jerry Isaac Maddox The Jer
June 6, 1931 Feb. 16, 2011
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Jerry Isaac Maddox, 79, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. He was the most loving, caring, kind and gentle husband, dad, grandpa, papa, “Rotten”, pops, son, brother, uncle and friend to everyone who had the opportunity to become part of his life. He was always here for all of us when we needed anything to help and guide us through life.

Jerry was raised in McAlester, Oklahoma where he met and married our mother, Betty. They were married 62 years. He was a long-time resident of Manteca. He began his truck driving career and became a devout Teamster Union member for over 50 years. He felt like he had seen America as his driving had taken him from the East Coast to the West Coast and all the states between during sun, sleet, ice, snow and floods.

He loved to garden, raise rabbits and chickens, and fishing. His favorite time was spent with family and friends. It was his mission in life to teach his family to manage and save money. He always had a good joke and was the life of the party. He was always happy and able to keep his great sense of humor until the end. He was the one everyone wanted at all their gatherings. He loved playing cards, dominoes, dice, chess and checkers. His favorite card game was “Oh Hell.” He often called for us and we would show up to enjoy a few games.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Betty Maddox. He has three daughters, Glenda Avilla of Manteca, Brenda Wilfong and husband Rick of Washington State and Terrye Cornish and husband Bobby of Lathrop. He also leaves seven grandchildren, Dusten, Maddox, Joshua, Jonathan, Josiah and Jordan Wilfong, and Priscilla and Penelope Cornish. He has four great-grandchildren, Nathan Wilfong, Mathieu and William Maddox and Brooklyn Cornish. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Jerry, niece Peggy, and nephew Ron Maddox all of Hayward; along with seven great nieces and nephews and 10 great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Maddox and his brother James Maddox.

What started as two people who loved each other 62 years ago is now a unique legacy.

We will rejoice when we join him at the fishing hole and card table in the sky. We miss you and love you. “See you in the morning”… In loving memory of our family patriarch.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011