He leaves behind his wife of Tifton, Georgia Judith Peckham Whiddon; four sons; one daughter; and seven grandchildren. In addition, there is an extended network of relatives and friends to mourn his passing.
Jim Watts, plant manager for United Concrete Pipe, testified that he owned and was in actual custody of the copper bars.
Early Life and Education
Jack Whiddon was born on July 9, 1955 in Odessa, Texas and was known for being gentle yet playful with a passion for family. He always had a big smile and gave affectionate hugs whenever possible.
Mossy Head High School graduate. Reid State Technical College student. Since graduating Vanity Fair of Monroeville Alabama for 28 years as an Industrial Electrician.
Jack White was an exceptional musician, playing both guitar and drums in several Detroit bands before teaming up with Meg White to form the White Stripes in 1996 – pushing the limits of garage rock with their exciting and eclectic take on Mississippi Delta blues, eventually releasing seven albums together with Meg’s powerful yet transparently simple drumming balancing out Jack’s impressive guitar work and emotive vocals.
After graduating college, he joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Kessler AFB where he received training as a Radio Intercept Operator. This expertise included operating and calibrating radio transmitters/receivers as well as morse code/voice transmissions.
Youngblood established himself as one of the premier defensive players in NFL at this time after an impressive 1975 playoff game against St. Louis Cardinals when he recorded four sacks, forced a fumble, blocked an extra point attempt and returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown return – becoming one of the premier defenders at that time.
Josephine Guilford Whiddon, his loving wife of 72 years, survives him as do their five children; Jack G. Whiddon Jr, from Pinopolis SC; Donald T. Whiddon from Charleston SC; Wade H. Whiddon from Lakeland FL; Kathy W. Griffin from Tallahassee FL and Michael G. Whiddon who reside in Mesa Arizona as well as five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Achievement and Honors
Whiddon has also written an extensive genealogy book covering his family from immigrant John, up until today. This semi-narrative work contains meticulous research.
Recently, he received the Governor’s Award from Lakeland South Rotary Club as recognition of his distinguished community service work. Additionally, he achieved Eagle Scout status after earning 21 merit badges and undertaking an important community service project for Child Development Center of Polk County.
Jack and Jo spent many happy days fishing, crabbing, and shrimping together on Alligator Point. Additionally, they are members of Wildwood Presbyterian Church where they serve on its church council, finance, stewardship, property committees. Together they have five grandchildren: Kalen Nolte of Pinopolis in South Carolina; Shelley Whiddon from Lakeland with Aaden Whiddon living nearby in Lakeland; Robyn Mayer who hails from Twin Cities Minnesota as well as Davis Empric living Windemere Florida.
Mary Anne Creslein Whiddon was his loving companion of 61 years and survived by two of their three sons: Jeremy and Andy Whiddon as well as daughter-in-law Debbie Travis Whiddon, three grandsons (Kellie Smith and husband Wayne, Jordan Lawson and husband Chuck and Kendall Meeker and Jason Meeker); three great-grandchildren Noah Cade and Kinley as well as Helen Johnsa of Florida, Paul Whiddon with wife Kathy as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a member of Robert Butler Masonic Lodge F & AM and Elks Club 937, enjoying spending his free time fishing, crabbing, shrimping, gardening and cooking at their cottage on Alligator Point. Additionally, his passion was baseball; specifically watching his favorite team, Moody Blue Devils; in his free time he enjoyed gardening and watching baseball games at Moody Blue Devil Stadium. Additionally, his generous nature benefited many others and always left something extra behind for others in need.
As an avid sports fan of the Miami Dolphins, he was also a member of Tallahassee Elks Lodge 937 or B.P.O.E and Robert Butler Masonic Lodge F & AM with Scottish Rite Bodies. When not working or in his lodge memberships he often spent his free time fishing, crabbing, or shrimping at his cottage on Alligator Point with Jo.
He leaves behind his wife, Jo, and five of their six children: Jack Whiddon Jr. and Marjorie of Charleston, SC; Donald T. Whiddon and Beverly of Tallahassee; Wade H. Whiddon and Stacy from Lakeland; Kathy W. Griffin with Randy from Tallahassee and 9 grandchildren including Kimberly Nolte (Pinopolis SC), Tharin Nolte of Tallahassee; Madeleine Empric and Davis Empric both from Windemere; plus many nieces and nephews of Windemere Florida and several nieces/nepax!