NORMAL, Ill -- Thursday night about 150 people came together to honor a life taken too soon.
"Even though he died at an early age, God had purpose and we don't always see God's purpose, but we trust him that he doesn't make any mistakes," said Senior minister Larry Johnson of Central Pointe Church of Christ. Johnson officiated the memorial service.
Maddox was deployed to Afghanistan for his first tour of duty in January of this year. The 22-year-old was recently promoted to Sergeant and was supposed to return home later this month.
Sergeant Maddox died July 22nd as a result of a non-combat related incident in Afghanistan when a fuel truck exploded.
He lived for a number of years in Normal and attended Chiddix Junior High School and Normal Community before moving to Texas to live with his mother.
"A loyal friend, no doubt about it, had an honor code, a respect code that he stuck by pretty diligently, one of the best friends anybody could ask for," said friend Quincy Hightower.
Maddox will be long remembered as a hero to all who knew and loved him.
Friend Rhys Shaffer said, "He's a hero in my eyes and I know all of our friends and family. It doesn't make it better, but he gave his life for us."
A funeral service will be held in Texas Saturday.
He will be buried in Houston National Cemetery.