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Lillian Dianne Ferren Maddox

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Lillian Dianne Ferren Maddox, Calhoun, Georgia, passed away at Gordon Hospital on Wednesday, January 10, 2017.

She was born in Pulaski County, Somerset, Kentucky, on March 2, 1936. Dianne graduated from Newton County High School in Covington, Georgia, and attended Western Kentucky University.

She married her beloved husband, David Maddox, Sr. on January 31, 1955, and they were married for 60 years before his passing in 2015.

Dianne loved her community and was a member of the Sequoyah Garden Club and the Calhoun Elkettes, where she held every board and committee position including president. She, along with her husband, was a huge advocate and supporter of Aidmore Children’s Center in Conyers, which is supported by many Georgia Elks Lodges. She and David were involved with the Calhoun High Marching Band Boosters Club, where they served as co-presidents in the early 70s. She was a member of Calhoun First Baptist Church.

Mawmaw, as she was affectionately called by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was a devoted wife, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She displayed the perfect example of the role “mother-in-law.” She was loved and respected by the community and will be remembered for her generosity and compassion for others, her cooking (Many dishes of which were often requested by friends, family and her community for special gatherings) and her complete selfless devotion to her family.

She loved animals and gardening, bird watching with her husband and visiting with her dear friends, especially Jean Barton.

She was preceded in death by her parents Paul Street Ferren and Lillian Hunt Ferren, her brother, John Elliot Ferren and her husband David Newton Maddox, Sr.

Dianne is survived by her three children: daughter Vivian Maddox Richmeier, son David Newton Maddox, Jr. (Sandy), son Jonathan Brevard Maddox (Julie); grandchildren: Deidre McGinnis Hankinson (Ben), Lauren Richmeier Dowdy, Molly Maddox Burrows (Sean), Sarah Dianne Maddox, Jon Ross Maddox, Sierra Ruth Maddox and Floe Jewel Maddox; great-grandchildren: John Crimmins Hankinson III, Maddox Berry Hankinson, Whitner Mayson Hankinson, John Blake Dowdy and Hayden Anne Burrows.

A celebration of life service is planned for Sunday, January 15, at First Baptist Church, Calhoun, Georgia, with family visitation from 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. in the sanctuary and the service beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

The family will also receive friends at the residence, 1611 Dews Pond Rd, Calhoun, Georgia, on Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13 from noon until 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either the American Cancer Society or Aidmore Children’s Center.

Please express condolences for the family in the comments section below. The Maddox family is being cared for by Georgia Funeral Care and Cremation Services, Acworth, Georgia.