Arrangements for the Lying in State and Funeral of The Honorable Lester G. Maddox, 75th Governor of the State of Georgia
|Wednesday, June 25, 2003||
Contact: Office of Communications 404-651-7774
Thursday, June 26, 2003
5:00 - 8:00 pm
The Maddox family receives mourners during an official visitation period at H. M. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, Spring Hill Chapel, located at 1020 Spring Street, Northwest, Atlanta.
The casket of Governor Maddox is borne in Procession from the funeral home to the State Capitol.
The casket of Governor Maddox is received at the West Door of the State Capitol by the Honorable Sonny Perdue, Governor of the State of Georgia, other State officials, and an honor guard of the Georgia State Patrol. The honor guard bears the casket through the West Door and into the Rotunda of the State Capitol. The casket is placed on the catalfalque, and a vigil is kept by the Georgia State Patrol and Capitol Police throughout the night.
Friday, June 27, 2003
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Honorable Lester G. Maddox, former Governor of the State of Georgia, officially lies in state in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. The first hour of the lying in state period is reserved for members of the Maddox family followed by State officials, dignitaries, and special guests.
The general public is permitted to pay their respects at 9:00 a.m. when the Capitol opens to receive mourners. Citizens should enter through the West Door (Washington Street) of the Capitol and pass through security checkpoints. From there people should process along the queue toward the Rotunda. Condolence books will be positioned at various points; guests are invited to sign one of the books.
Upon paying their respects to Governor Maddox, mourners exit through the opposite side of the Rotunda and then exit the Capitol via the North (MLK), East (Capitol Avenue), or South (Mitchell) Doors.
Hymns are provided by the First Baptist Church Choir of Zebulon, Georgia.
The receiving line closes at 12:00 p.m., although those individuals in the queue will be allowed to pay their respects.
The Honor Guard bears the casket of Governor Maddox out the West Door of the Capitol to the awaiting motorcade. Governor Maddox's casket is followed by an official mourning party of Governor and Mrs. Perdue, current and former State leaders and dignitaries, and Members of the General Assembly.
Funeral services for Governor Lester Maddox are held at Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell Street, Marietta.
Scheduled participants in the funeral service include the Honorable Zell Miller, United States Senator; Dr. Ernest Easley, Senior Pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church; Judge Charles A. Wofford; Dr. James Merritt, pastor of Snellville First Baptist Church; Dr. Nelson Price, Pastor Emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church; Rev. Lendell Ainsworth, former pastor of North Atlanta Baptist Church; Dr. James L. Adkins, Former Pastor of North Atlanta Baptist Church; and Rev. Marvin "Doc" Frady, Pastor of Clarksdale First Baptist Church.
Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. Participants at the graveside service include the Honorable Sonny Perdue, Governor of the State of Georgia, and members of the Sandy Springs Masonic Lodge No. 124.
In lieu of flowers, the family of Governor Maddox asks that donations be sent in his memory to:
Roswell Street Baptist Church
774 Roswell Street
Marietta, Georgia 30060
The American Heart Association
1685 Terrell Mill Road
Marietta, Georgia 30067
The Lupus Foundation of America
150 Interstate North Parkway Northwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30328