MADDOX JEROME HALE 1908-1970
Maddox Jerome Hale was born on August 18, 1908, in Trenton, Dade County, Ga. He was the son of Shadrach J. and Clara (Street) Hale, being the great grandson of Shadrach C. Hale, who served several years in the Georgia Legislature between 1845 and 1860.
He attended the public school in Trenton, Georgia, and was a graduate of Central High School. In 1931, he received an LL.B. degree from the Chattanooga College of Law and in 1933, received and LL.D. degree from the same school. From 1933 until 1936, he practiced law in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with W. A. and R. F. McClure, thereafter returning to Trenton, Georgia, and forming a law partnership with his father, who died in 1946.
Maddox was loyal member of the United Methodist Church of Trenton, Georgia, having served as a Steward, trustee and Sunday School superintendent, as well as an Associate District Lay Leader for the Chattanooga district and a member of the Town and country commission, Holston Conference. He was also an original Incorporator and Director of the Holston Conference Home for the Aged.
He was a director of the Coosa Valley Area Development Association; Pass President of the Dade County Lions club, and a member of the Greater Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.
For many years, he was Attorney for the city of Trenton and for the County of Dade; he was a member of the American Bar Association and the Lookout Mountain Circuit Bar Association and the Lookout Mountain Circuit Bar association, being a past President of the Lookout Mountain Circuit Bar Association.
For seventeen (17) years, Maddox served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives. For six (6) years he was speaker Pro Tem of that body. He faithfully and diligently served on many Committees and Commissions while a member of that body, including the rules, appropriations and Way and Means committees, receiving many well deserved honors and recognitions for his legislative work, including special recognition from the Georgia Municipal Association and the members of the Press who reported on the activities of the General Assembly.
He was married to Mauline Morrison Hale on April 6, 1947, she being the daughter of William F. and Grace (Austin) Morrison of Dade County, and because of this, he was known to the other members of the Bar in this area as the “Dade county Bar Association,” a title which reflected both the respect other members of the Bar had for him the humor and good will which always characterized his association with the other members of the Bar. He was assisted in the office for more than twenty (20) years by his sister, Mrs. H. F. Allison. It was his mixture of common sense and dry humor that caused many a Legislator, wishing to submit a Bill to the General Assembly that he became known as the “Legislator’s Legislator.” He was a man of integrity and a friend to all.
Maddox was often referred to as “the gentleman from Dade County, Georgia” and he was laid to rest in the hills of northwest Georgia, the place he loved more than any other.
(Used by permission, HISTORY OF DADE COUNTY GEORGIA, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, 1981.)