Patsy Copeland Maddox

Published 1:14 pm Wednesday, August 23, 2023

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Funeral services for Patsy Copeland Maddox, 87, of Cairo, Ga., are at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 18, 2023, at the First Methodist Church, Cairo, Ga.  Rev. Sam Vernon will officiate.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, Ga.  Mrs. Maddox passed away at Southern Pines in Thomasville, Ga., on Monday, August 14, 2023.

Active pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Mrs. Maddox was born on May 5, 1936, in Tifton, Ga., to the late Carl Osborne Copeland and Pearl Simmons Copeland.  On June 6, 1954, she married Dr. Eugene Talmadge Maddox, who preceded her in death on June 3, 2022.  She became a born-again Christian in 1972 and served the remainder of her life as a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.  Patsy was an accomplished portrait artist who owned her own art studio, Studio In The Pines, from 2005 to 2012.  She stopped selling commissioned art when her husband was elected State Representative, and she traveled to Atlanta to assist her husband in supporting the needs of his constituents in Grady and Decatur Counties.  She was a devoted member of the Cairo Methodist Church.   

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Though she has left this earthly realm, her legacy will forever blossom through her art, her children, and the countless lives she touched. She leaves behind a bittersweet ache in our hearts, but we take solace in the knowledge that her vibrant spirit will forever dance across the canvas of our collective memories.       

Survivors include: sons, Stanley Maddox (Pam) of Thomasville, Ga., Steven Maddox (Shelia) of Huntersville, N.C., Todd Maddox (Kathy) of Tallahassee, Fla., Pat Maddox of Cairo, Ga.; grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah, Samuel, Jody, Steven, Kyle, Dylan, David, Taylor, Christina; great-grandchildren, Tanner, Drew, Beau, Liliana, Olivia, Holly, Wayne; sisters, Betty Keith of Omega, Ga., Glenda Johnson of Hamilton, Ga.; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.       

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; her great-granddaughter, Haven; and her siblings, Curtis, Jewel, Clyde, Lennon, Reba, Peggy, Bobby and Carolyn.    

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mrs. Maddox’s memory to: Cairo First Methodist Church, 318 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA 39828; or “Here Am I” c/o Linda Wood, 318 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA 39828.    

The family will receive friends at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Friday, August 18, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

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