Former Decatur resident, Edward P. “Doc” Maddox III D.V.M., 91, died Monday, June 16, 2014, in Kingwood.
Funeral was June 20 at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with the Rev. Brian Bosworth officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Pallbearers were Gene Morrison, Richard Livingston, Brayton Morrison, Veron Parsons, Drew Bruton, Bill Adams, Clyde Holt and Jerry Geiger. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Wise County Veterans Group.
Doc was born Aug. 2, 1922, into a Fort Worth pioneer family. The Maddox family owned and operated Crystal Pure Milk and Ice, which was the first modern ice and milk plant in Fort Worth. After the Civil War, the Maddox brothers came to Fort Worth and served vital roles such as sheriff, fire chief, police chief and county tax assessor-collector for landowners.
Like his father before him, he graduated from R.L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth where he lettered in football. Dr. Maddox was also a proud graduate of Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine where he had served as president of his senior class. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as a second lieutenant.
In 1961, Doc was appointed by Gov. Allen Shivers to a term on the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners where he helped set up the first state board of directors.
He was the first licensed veterinarian to practice in Mineral Wells (Palo Pinto County), Weatherford (Parker County) and Decatur (Wise County). For the first 20 years of his career, Doc was an ambulatory dairy practitioner, traveling to local dairies, farms and ranches to care for cattle. During his last 20 years of veterinarian service, he worked as livestock market veterinarian for 10 different Texas markets and four in southern Oklahoma.
Doc was a lifetime member of the Fort Worth Botanical Garden Society. He served two terms as president of the Fort Worth Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, Maj. K.M. Vanzandt Chapter No. 6. He was also a charter member of the Wise County Camp of Sons of Confederate Veterans and a member in good standing of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars for descendants of officers during the Civil War.
Doc was proud to serve as president for both the Fort Worth Cactus and Succulent Society and the Texas Association of Cactus and Succulent Societies. He was also a longtime member of the Lions Club in Decatur.
One of his many hobbies included hunting and collecting cacti in the wild, which resulted in a hothouse collection of more than 200 different species of North, Central and South American species of cacti that he later donated to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens.
As a scuba diver, Doc collected seashells from the coral reefs of Belize, Costa Rica and from around the world. He generously donated his seashell collection to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens for permanent public display. Doc also collected stone weapons and artifacts of early American man, and he owned an extensive collection of arrowheads, ceremonials and burial pieces of flint and stone. Doc authored three books; “Cow Veterinarian, It’s Great,” “10,000 Miles Hunting Cactus in Texas” and “Sticks and Stones: Man’s First Weapons and the Man That Made Them.”
He was preceded in death by his wife, Movelda (Holt) Maddox; son Edward Perryman Maddox IV; stepson John Van Etton; and a brother and sister.
He’s survived by his daughter, Celia Ann (Maddox) Parsons and husband, Veron, of Temple; granddaughters Kara Dunphy and husband, Kevin, of Cary, N.C., Lorelei Livingston and husband, Richard, of Belgium and Natasha Morrison and husband, Gene, of Kingwood; great-grandchildren Brittany, Jessica, Geoffrey, Brandon, Brayton, Maddox and Gage; daughter-in-law Anita Maddox of Houston; and other relatives and friends.