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Remains of Sgt. Anthony Maddox to arrive at regional airport at 9 a.m. Friday; public asked to line procession route
JEFFERSON COUNTY - The remains of a soldier who died following a fuel explosion in Afghanistan will return to Southeast Texas Friday and the public is being asked to line the procession with American flags and signs to pay its respects and offer support to the family.
Sgt. Anthony Maddox was injured July 20 while refueling a vehicle. He died in a hospital July 22.
Maddox graduated from Nederland High School before joining the Army.
Watch KFDM News and stay with kfdm.com for coverage of the procession.
The remains will arrive at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport Friday, August 2 at 9:00 a.m. Due to construction the procession route has been altered as follows:
* Leave Jack Brooks Regional Airport
* Left on NB Hwy 69 Service Road
* Right on Spurlock
* Right on 18th Street (Pass in front of Nederland High School)
* Right on Canal
* Left on 20th Street
* Right on Helena
* Left on 21st Street (Pass in front of Nederland Bulldog Stadium)
* Left on Nederland Ave
* Right on Twin City Hwy.
* Right on Gulfway Drive
* Left on Woodworth
* Right on Proctor (Terminate at Gabriel Funeral Home, 2500 Proctor, PA)
We ask that individuals that live or have a business along this route display an American Flag in Sgt. Maddox's honor.
The service is scheduled for the following:
Location: Antioch Baptist Church
Address: 3920 West Cardinal Dr., Beaumont, TX
Date: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m.
SOUTHEAST TEXAS-By: Leslie Rangel
Relatives of a Nederland High School graduate who died while serving in Afghanistan say Spc. Anthony Maddox was hurt in an accident putting fuel into vehicles.
Maddox was injured Saturday and died Monday in a hospital in Germany.
Maddox joined the Army in 2011. Family and friends are remembering him for his radiant personality and love of people.
His family says he died doing what he loved, serving the nation. Family members say that gives them comfort to keep going.
Glenda Key fights back tears as she takes her son's uniform from a drawer in his bedroom.
"He was supposed to be coming home on August the 15 or at least hoping to come home on August 15," Key says.
His stepfather Ronald Key thought the world of Maddox, "for the people he's my stepson, but he is my son."
Specialist Anthony Maddox was 22 years old.
The Army petroleum supply specialist was hurt Saturday in a fueling accident in Afghanistan. He died Monday.
"We're not sad, we're sad because he's not here, but we're rejoicing because of the next step in his journey is with the Lord," Ronald Key says.
Their son's journey began when he joined the Army in 2011, family members say it was his calling.
"When he got there, he went through boot camp and everything else, he knew this is me," Mary Spector, his aunt said.
"I knew that was his niche because he loved order, he loved when things are in order, he loved to work out," his stepfather said.
His family moved from New Orleans to Southeast Texas after hurricane Katrina in 2005, that's when he joined the Nederland High School football team.
"They used to call him mad-dog because he was such a great player, he loved the sport, I mean really loved it," Ronald Key says.
His parents say he used his inner drive to succeed in anything that came his way.
"Within him, he was already prepared to give his life for his country," Spector remembers.
Maddox paid the ultimate sacrifice at the age of 22.
"He's probably in heaven lifting weights with God right now, saying 'look God, I have to lose some body weight right now," his stepfather laughs.
His mom had few words, but did say she was very, very proud and he would be missed.
Maddox received a number of awards including the Army Achievement Medal and the NATO Medal.
Funeral arrangments are pending. His family expects the funeral to take place at antioch missionary baptist church.
Relatives say Maddox had just been promoted to sergeant and was waiting for his next assignment in Hawaii.
His family is trying to set up a way for people to donate in his memory.
SOUTHEAST TEXAS - by Scott Lawrence
Relatives of a 22-year-old Nederland High School graduate who was serving in Afghanistan tell KFDM News he was injured in a fueling accident in Afghanistan on Saturday, July 20 and died in a hospital in Germany on Monday, July 22.
The family of Army Spc. Anthony Maddox told KFDM News "he died doing what he loved while serving in the military and serving the nation."
Reporter Leslie Rangel spoke with the mother, stepfather and other relatives of Spc. Anthony Maddox. He lived with his mother and stepfather in Port Arthur. Watch for her report on KFDM News at 6 and stay with kfdm.com for updates.
The Department of Defense announced his death Tuesday. The release says Spc. Maddox died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
According to the release, he died July 22 in Landstuhl, Germany of a non-combat related incident that occurred in Andar, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.
He was assigned to the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y
The family Spc. Maddox tells KFDM News they learned of his injuries Saturday. Relatives told us he was a petroleum supply specialist and helped fuel vehicles for the Army.
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina forced his family to move from Louisiana to Southeast Texas. He enrolled at Nederland High School where he played football. His family told us he loved football and all sports and enjoyed working out.
Maddox graduated in 2009 and joined the Job Corps. Relatives told us that in January 2011 he signed up for the Army. He trained in Virginia and was stationed at Fort Drum in New York.
The serviceman from Southeast Texas left for Afghanistan in January 2013. Relatives say the military was his calling in life. January 2014 would have marked his third year in the U.S. Army.
Monday night KFDM News spoke by telephone with an aunt of Spc. Maddox in Port Arthur. He lived there with his mother and stepfather.
"He was very quiet," Mary Stover told us. "He loved the Army. He was going to make it a career. He loved serving his country. When he left for Afghanistan in January of this year, he told his mom he could possibly die serving his country. We're a family of strong faith. He's in a better place and died doing what he loved."
Spc. Maddox is survived by his mother, father, stepfather, grandparents, aunts and a number of other relatives in Texas and Louisiana.
Funeral services are pending.