Maddox Sr.

J. A.

[Age 85] The Baltimore native owned and operated a commercial printing business.

January 06, 2007|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,Sun Reporter

J. Albert Maddox Sr., who owned and operated a commercial printing business, died of an esophageal disorder Tuesday at Sinai Hospital. The Owings Mills resident was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Druid Hill Avenue, he was a 1940 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. After serving in the Army during World War II in the Pacific, he joined a printing business established by his father, Gabriel B. Maddox Sr.

Mr. Maddox worked alongside his brothers, Francis J. and Gabriel Maddox Jr., at the family business for several years until he went to work as a printer for the Afro-American newspapers.

In 1954 he and his brother Francis established a new business, Time Printers Inc., so named because he wanted to assure customers that his work would be delivered on deadline.

He began in a storefront at 2239 N. Fulton Ave. and later moved the business to Warwick Avenue, where he expanded twice. The business now occupies a 12,000-square-foot plant and employs 15 people, including all his children and four of his grandchildren.

Mr. Maddox was well known throughout West and Northwest Baltimore and developed a community-based trade, relatives said. He worked with churches, fraternal organizations and funeral homes, printing bulletins, programs and technical publications.

"He would sell, operate the budget, oversee production and teach equipment operation until he was nearly 80," said a son, James Albert Maddox Sr., who now co-owns the business with his two sisters and three brothers.

Mr. Maddox was a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and was a board member of Sojourner-Douglass College.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday at New All Saints Roman Catholic Church, 4408 Liberty Heights Ave. The family will receive friends at 9 a.m. before the service.

In addition to his son and brother, survivors include his wife of 66 years, the former Letitia Short; three sons, Daniel J. Maddox, Wayne L. Maddox and Gregory B. Maddox; two daughters, Brenda M. Walker and Lisa M. Jordan, all of Baltimore; a sister, Ruth M. Guy of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. A son, Brian Maddox, died in 1997. His brother, Gabriel Maddox, died in 2006.

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