Meet, Meat, Worthy. Dr. Darius Sherwood 'Boots' Madden, Jr., passed away on Friday, January 16, 2004. He was born September 11, 1921, in Athens, Texas. He was reared in Southeast Arkansas between Dermott and Hamburg. He was saved and baptized at Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, in Hamburg and was a graduate of Hamburg High School. He served as Sargeant Major in the U. S. Army during World War II and was awarded four bronze Battle Stars for participation in campaigns in French Morocco, Sicily, Tunisia and was part of the Allied Forces landing at Anzio Beach, Italy, January 22, 1944. He received a medical discharge in 1944.
In August 1951, during a revival at West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with evangelist, Brother I. K. Cross, Bro. Madden surrendered to the gospel ministry. He attended Texas Baptist Institute, in Henderson, Texas, and later graduated with a Doctor of Theology degree from the Louisiana Missionary Baptist Seminary in Minden, Louisiana. He pastored churches in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and California. During the fourteen years he pastored Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Anaheim, California, he served as an instructor at the California Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary. Brother Madden always exhibited a great love for missions, serving as Chairman of the Missionary Committee of the American Baptist Association, 1976-80. In 1980 he was elected to serve full time as Secretary Treasurer of Missions for the churches of the ABA and for sixteen years he worked with missionaries around the world, and promoted the cause of missions in hundreds of churches.