Master Sergeant (Retired) Sharon A. Maddox is the Chief Administrative Officer of Smoketown Originals, Inc. She lived in Sheppard Square Housing in Smoketown until 1981. She attended Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Jackson Jr. High School, and Male High School, graduating in 1967. Soon after graduating, she received an Executive Secretary Certificate from Spencerian Business College. Sharon’s first job was as Secretary for Grace Presbyterian Church on Hancock Street working on Saturday mornings typing programs and church bulletins for the Sunday morning services. Her other occupations include Boys Scouts of America General Clerk, General Hospital Records Clerk; Blue Cross, Blue Shield Insurance Billing Clerk; Census Bureau, Jeffersonville, IN as Key Card Operator.
In November, 1981 Sharon joined the U.S. Army as a Private First Class (PFC). While in the Army she held positions as Admin Clerk, Personnel Action Center (PAC) Non Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC), Instructor in Admin School, Inspector General (IG), Chief Admin NCO, and Operations NCOIC. She attended various leadership schools—Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC) where she earned top bragging rights as Distinguished Honor Graduate; Basic Non Commissioned Officer Course (BNCOC) earning Distinguished Honor Graduate; and Advanced Non Commissioned Officer Course (ANCOC) earning Commandant’s List. She earned awards ranging from Letters and Certificates of Achievement and of Commendation to Army Achievement Medals (AAM), Army Commendation Medals (ARCOM), Meritorious Service Medals (MSM), Joint Service Commendation Medal (JSCM) and Good Conduct Medals (GCM). Her tours in the Army included overseas duty to Mainz, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; and Seoul Korea. In the states, her tours were at Ft Dix, New Jersey; Ft Jackson, South Carolina; Ft Rucker, Alabama; and Ft Lewis, Washington. While in the Army Sharon received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management/Administration in 1991 from Coker College of Hartsville, South Carolina. She retired from active duty in the U.S. Army in January, 2003 after 21 years and 2 months of service.
Sharon has 2 children, Retonya Y. Gore (Toni) of Columbia, South Carolina and Kendrick N. Cross (Poet/Actor) of Atlanta, Georgia and 1 grandson, Armani R. D. Gore of Columbia, South Carolina. Sharon loves to travel and recently completed a trip to Dubai and the Bahamas. She is dedicated to the Smoketown Originals, Inc., and their mission to serve the community of Smoketown. She is a member of Bates Memorial Baptist Church of Smoketown. She resides in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Sharon’s focus in life is to be a blessing to others. To God be the Glory. Ms. Maddox is also a member of the Smoketown Originals, Inc. Board of Directors.