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Broadus Hugh Madden

Broadus Hugh Madden, 80, went to his heavenly home on Friday, October 7, 2022.

A lifelong resident of Laurens until recently moving to Hickory, North Carolina, Mr. Madden was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Carolyn Elaine (Garrett), and his three children Lisa Morphis (Henry), of Hickory, NC; Sonya Wicker(Dale) of Hickory, NC; and Bradley Madden (Rachel) of Laurens, SC; and 7 grandchildren: Prescott, Sarah, Hollis, Madelyn, Parker, Scarlett, & Savannah. He is also survived by his siblings Larry Madden of Cleveland, TN; Elliott Madden of Hickory Tavern, SC; and Marsha Reeves of Rock Hill, SC.

He is preceded in death by his parents Houston and Cornelia Madden (Hill); and his brother James Patrick Madden.

Mr. Madden graduated from Hickory Tavern High School where his football letterman jersey was retired (33), and went on to play football at Presbyterian College briefly, before joining the United States Army. Mr. Madden worked for Piedmont Rural Telephone Cooperative where he retired at 55 years of age and after 35 years of service. A very active member of the community, Mr. Madden served as a deacon at Laurens First Baptist where the Madden family attended church. He was was a Mason of Palmetto Lodge #19 in Laurens, and also Former President of the Cattlemen’s Association.

In recent years Mr. Madden would frequently be seen wearing shirts and ball caps representing his grandchildren’s various sporting teams and colleges. He loved to hunt and fish, but most of all he loved his family, and to serve the Lord. He will be greatly missed.

Family and friends are invited to attend receiving of friends at 2pm on Sunday, October 16th at Lauren’s First Baptist Church( 300 West Main Street, Lauren’s, SC) followed by a Celebration of Life service.


  1. Kevin and Amber McIntosh on October 11, 2022 at 9:41 am

    What a great man! You all are in our thoughts and prayers. It was an honor to know Hugh.
    God Bless,
    Amber and Kevin

  2. David Massey on October 11, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Mr. Madden was a True Gentleman. He led by example. A very Good example. Celebrate His life it was well lived!!! Mr. Madden’s humor and vegetable garden will be missed. Our Prayers are with Mrs. Madden and Family! David, Summer, and Riley

  3. Edie on October 12, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Sending love and prayers to all of you in the difficult days ahead. Big prayers for Carolyn!! Love to you all!

  4. Janice Hames on October 12, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Carolyn, Sonya, Lisa, Bradley and loved ones, I send my condolences to your family in the passing of Hugh. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your love one and I pray for your comfort and understanding. Hugh will be missed by all. God be with you all.

  5. Phyllis Wicker on October 12, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    Hugh was a wonderful person. He always had a smile and a kind word for others! Hugh loved his family and cherished all the fun times they had together. He will be missed so much by his family and friends! Love, Phyllis

  6. Phyllis Wicker on October 12, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Hugh was a wonderful person! He made the world a better place! His smile and kindness touched the lives of many! He loved his family! Times together were the highlight for Hugh! Hugh was loved by so many friends! He made a positive difference in his caring nature for others! Family and friends will miss his gentle spirit, sense of humor, and thoughtful ways!

  7. Larry and Tammy Owens on October 13, 2022 at 5:39 am

    Bradley, Rachel, and Family, We are so very sorry to hear about your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The stars shine brighter. Sending our love.

  8. Mike Williams on October 13, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    Sorry for your loss, Hugh was a good man as was his brothers, I was in grammar school at Hickory Tavern, but lived in Hickory Tavern most of my life, may God be with you in your time of sorrow and may God bless each of you

  9. Johnny Jennings on October 15, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    We will miss him he was a great friend enjoyed hunting and fishing with Hugh..Prayers for fami

  10. Sarah Bedenbaugh Willis on October 15, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Sonja and Lisa – I am so sorry to hear of the death of your dad. Please know you are both in my thoughts and prayers in the days, weeks and months to come. Love you both!

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