John Kirby Biddy Jr.

Staff Written Obituaries

John was the son of John Kirby Biddy and Omega Nelson Biddy, Father of Kathryn (John) Maguire, Dianne (David) Saia and John Kirby Biddy III (Stacey), Grandfather of Kelley Maguire, Stella Van Dyke and Holden Biddy, Uncle of John Kirby Murdock (Jill) and Great Uncle of John Kirby Murdock Jr.

John was a native son of Madison and was a life-long member of Madison Baptist Church. At an early age he began his work career alongside his father at the family farm. He graduated from Madison High School and began working as a brakeman for a railroad company in Macon. He returned home to work with his father at Biddy and Son Dairy. He enjoyed being a dairyman and even purchased a second dairy to run at the same time.

In 1957 he married Barbara “Bobbie” Doster of Jefferson. A year later he accepted a position with Pennington and moved to Columbia, South Carolina, where he and Bobbie began their family.

At Pennington he worked in various Sales and Management positions and at one point was Manager of the Vidalia office.

After he and Bobbie divorced, he married Julie Davis and moved back to Georgia, where he lived in Conyers and continue to work for Pennington. He and Julie adopted Julie’s grandson, Brandon Bailey. After Julie’s death due to cancer he returned to Madison and lived at the family farm.

John was a very hard-working man, a loving father, grandfather, uncle and great-uncle. He always said, “I love people”. He would never meet a stranger, even kept up with his former customers and their families and continued to call them to chat or to wish them a Happy Birthday. He loved to just stop in for a visit with whomever happened to be on his mind that day. He enjoyed horses, a good Western movie and a joke, he had a memorable laugh and he laughed often. Even when his health became a challenge and he was asked how he was feeling, he’d say, “Oh, I’m doing better than most.”

John also leaves to cherish his memory, his friend Nanette Erb of Greensboro, formerly of Madison.

Visitation was held at A. E. Carter’s Funeral Home on Monday evening at 5-7 p.m. and Tuesday at 10 a.m., with a memorial service that began Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Chapel with Rev. Charles Smith from Madison Baptist Church presiding.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Lions Club of Madison.

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