Former state Rep. George Maddox of Decatur died Jan. 1. He was a candidate in 2008 for the DeKalb County Commission and served as a state legislator from 1996-2004. DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis issued this statement: “The State of Georgia and the people of DeKalb County in particular have lost a man of principle and virtue. George Maddox was a true public servant who always put people ahead of politics. My prayers are with his family at this time.” Funeral arrangements are to be announced later by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Homes.