Carolyn Maddux

Carolyn King Forrister Maddux

Come on up for the rising‘ – Bruce Springsteen

The mother of some of my closest friends passed away last Saturday night. To some of you, she was the mother of ‘the playwright’ (Vali Forrister). Others knew her from her church. Many of us knew her as a friend, a wit, an encourager and a universal mom. When Lynn and I were in the middle of the ‘raising teenager’ years, Carolyn often lifted our spirits with expert advice or just with a knowing smile.

It’s perhaps a trite analogy, but the ripple effect of Carolyn’s life extends internationally, and across the USA. She lives on through her kids, grand-kids, and great-grand-kids, as well those of us who were lucky to have known her. It was time for her to go, but I’ll miss her terribly.

The obit from the Tennessean speaks volumes.

MADDUX, Carolyn King ForristerAge 82. August 9, 2008. Preceded in death by husbands, Vardaman Forrister and Frank Maddux. Survived by children, Kimble Forrister and wife Calli Patterson of Montgomery, AL, Brad Forrister and wife Cathy of Nolensville, Dirk Forrister and wife Mimi Turnipseed of Boulder, CO, Sky Forrister and wife Louise of Llano, TX and Vali Forrister of Nashville; step sons, Rob Maddux of Nashville, Tim Maddux and wife Holly of Resistencia, Argentina, Vin Maddux and wife Ellen of Franklin; twenty six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sister, Babs Brooks and husband Deems of Warrensburg, MO. Born on Elkins Avenue in West Nashville to Verner C. and Clara King. Lifelong enthusiasm for learning, missions and scripture. Teacher to multiple generations from Lipscomb High School to Otter Creek kindergarten to English Language Learners at Hillsboro High School; from ladies Bible classes at Berryville, Lebanon Road, Smith Springs and Otter Creek churches of Christ to creating Bible programs in Belize, Guatemala and at Camp Shiloh in New Jersey. Passionate about her relationships with church, the Lipscomb community and especially her family. Her hunger for learning and for scripture was contagious to the many women she mentored. Special thanks to the family at Otter Creek Church, who sustained her body and spirit. Service 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at Otter Creek Church, 409 Franklin Road, Brentwood. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a cause about which you have Carolyn’s level of passion. Visitation with the family on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 from 3-8 p.m. at WOODLAWN-ROESCH-PATTON FUNERAL HOME, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN, (615) 383-4754.

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3 responses to “Carolyn Maddux

  1. Dirk? Sky? Valli? Mimi Turnipseed? Just the names of her relatives indicate what a wonderfully creative woman she must have been. I know it rubbed off on Valli!

    My condolences to the family.

  2. “In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a cause about which you have Carolyn’s level of passion.”

    All I ask is a sentence like this in my obituary to know I did something right on this earth. My thoughts are with the family.

  3. I’m so sorry about your friend, John. Many hugs.

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