Sue Turner Maddox

Sue Turner Maddox, 80, of Cortez, died March 1. She was the granddaughter of Capt. Nathan Fulford. who was one of the founders of the village of Cortez. She was born March 3, 1932, in Mulberry, Fla., to the late Christopher C. and Myrtle (Fulford) Turner.

She grew up and lived in the Mulberry area until 1965, when she moved to Manatee County. She and her husband, the late R.C. Dick Maddox, owned and operated the Humpty Dumpty Restaurant in Mulberry until the mid 1960s.

Mrs. Maddox worked as a bookkeeper with A.P. Bell Fish Company in Cortez and as a waitress at Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant. She was a long time advocate for the Cortez fishing village, and a member of the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club where she served as treasurer. She was active with the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, served as a docent at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez, as an usher with the Asolo Repertory Theatre, volunteered as a guardian ad litem for many years, and also as a reading assistant at Anna Maria Elementary School.

A celebration of life will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Swordfish Grill Restaurant, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez. Memorials may be made to Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, Florida Maritime Museum or the Island Democratic Club in her memory. Condolences for the family may be made online at

Mrs. Maddox is survived by sons Richard and wife Annette of Cortez and Michael and wife Paula of Terra Ceia; brother Christopher “Skeet” and wife Kitty Turner of St. Petersburg; sister Betty Lou Turner of Bradenton; grandchildren Crystal, Cassie, Karla, Tres and Christopher; and nephew Chris Osborne and his two children.

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