Ralph Lawson Maddrix, 90, of Linthicum, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, after an extended illness.
Born Oct. 17, 1922, in Crisfield, he was the son of the late Elijah S. Maddrix and Adiana Virginia Lawson Maddrix. He was the husband of the late Bettye L. Johnson Maddrix; and of Charlotte M. Shaffell Maddrix, whom he married in October 2001.
He served in the Army Air Corps as a private, and as a control tower operator during World War II until his honorable discharge in February 1946. After 47 years of employment with Westinghouse, he retired in February 1988.
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion No. 223, a lifetime member of Garrison Rifle and Revolver Club and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He was also a life member of Waverly Lodge No. 152, a life member of the "First Hundred Club" of Boumi Temple, was admitted to the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine in the Boumi Temple of Baltimore and was a permanent contributing member to the Maintenance Fund of the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children.
He had received the high honor of being a Scottish Rite Mason for 50 years. He enjoyed playing the organ in his home, attending organ concerts, was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling throughout the United States with his first wife. He frequently donated to numerous charitable organizations and often wrote letters to his congressman and state legislature about his views on various subjects, such as gun control.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a sister, Emily Johnson, of Raleigh, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, James Maddrix.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Kirkley-Ruddick Funeral Home, 421 Crain Highway South, Glen Burnie.
A graveside service will be held at noon Friday at Druid Ridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.
Online condolences may be offered at http://www.kirkleyruddickfuneralhome.com.
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