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Don McGough, (478) 474-0679, ext. 5218, firstname.lastname@example.org
DR. GENE MADDOX RECEIVES GFB COMMODITY AWARD
MACON, Ga. - Dr. Gene Maddox, a retired veterinarian and former state representative who championed agriculture in both of his careers, received the 2014 Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Award during the Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Conference on Aug. 14 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus. The award, one of GFB’s highest honors, is given annually to honor an individual who has supported and promoted Georgia agriculture.
“Dr. Gene Maddox has been a proponent of Georgia agriculture his entire life, first as a veterinarian serving farmers and pet owners and then as a state legislator representing farmers in Atlanta,” GFB President Zippy Duvall said. “It’s a privilege to present him with the Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Award. We always give it to a member of the agriculture community who has made a lasting impact on Georgia agriculture.”
Maddox, a resident of Grady County, retired from practicing veterinary medicine after 45 years in 2004. In 2004 he was elected to the Georgia House to represent District 172, which encompasses all of Decatur County and most of Grady County. He held this seat until 2012.
“This is great. I’ve had a wonderful relationship with Farm Bureau through the years,” Maddox said during his acceptance speech. “I’ve always had agriculture as one of my loves. I guess I have agriculture flowing in my blood.”
A native of Butts County, Maddox grew up on a diversified farm where his parents, Forest and Sara Maddox, raised row crops and livestock. Maddox graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with an associate’s degree, from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree and then went on to the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine from which he graduated as a DVM in June 1959.
After a brief stint in Thomasville, Maddox moved to Cairo and opened Cairo Animal Hospital in July 1963. During his career as a veterinarian, Dr. Maddox treated both small and large animals.
Maddox served on the South Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Board for several years and as president in 1974. He then went on to serve as a director on the State of Georgia Veterinary Board for 10 years and as president in 1990. Gov. Zell Miller appointed Dr. Maddox to the Georgia Veterinary Medical Examining Board in 1992; he served on this board for 13 years with three different terms as president.
Maddox has held several leadership positions in his county including serving on the Grady County Health Board for 12 years and as president the last six of those 12 years. He is a member and former director of the Grady County Chamber of Commerce.
After being sworn into the Georgia House in January 2005, Maddox served on the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee and was secretary of this committee for his eight years in the Georgia House. He also served as vice chairman of the House Human Relations and Aging Committee and was a member of the House Economic Development and Tourism, Health and Human Services, and Retirement Committees.
Maddox has received numerous awards recognizing both his veterinary career and his public service. The Grady County Chamber of Commerce presented Maddox with its Community Service Award in 2005. The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine presented Maddox with its 2006 Veterinarian of the Year Award and its 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2006 he also received the South Georgia Veterinary Medical Service Award. In 2007 the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Service presented Maddox with its Star of Life Legislative Award, and the Georgia Firemen Association named Maddox its 2010 Legislator of the Year.
Maddox and his wife Patsy have four sons - Stan, Steve, Todd and Pat and nine grandchildren. The Maddoxes are members of Family Worship Center in Cairo.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization and has 158 county offices. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, state and national activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 agricultural commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major crops and livestock grown in Georgia.
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CUTLINE FOR ACCOMPANYING PHOTOGRAPH: Pictured from left, Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall presents the 2014 GFB Commodity Award to Dr. Gene Maddox with his wife, Patsy. The award was presented at the Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Conference on Aug. 14 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus.