John Herron Biddle, 90, of McMinnville (Wayside Community) died Wednesday, Nov. 6 at NHC Health Care in McMinnville.
Born on Dec. 16, 1922 in Chattanooga, he was a former manager of Mid-South Casket and Funeral Supply, former and first fulltime executive director with the McMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, city manager and city Judge for the city of McMinnville, longtime member of Wayside Community Improvement Club, and former Church of Christ minister and song leader. He was a member of Bybee Branch Church of Christ where he previously taught Bible School Class. He served his country, first enlisting in the U.S. Army-Air Corp. during World War II where he was shot down over Germany and became a POW, and later retired from the U.S. Air Force as a chief master sergeant with 24 years of service. During his military career, he flew 49 missions as flight engineer and gunner with 453rd Bomb Squadron, participated in special air missions, and served in the area of administrative management. He was a member of the VFW and often spoke at veterans events, POW-MIA events, and occasionally at schools, and attended two Prisoner of War reunions. Mr. Biddle was preceded in death by his parents William T. and Mary E. Cunningham Biddle, brother William Biddle who was a decorated World War II veteran, and wife of 62 years Pearl Golden Biddle.
He is survived by his children John Nelson Biddle of Nashville, and Anita Gail (Don) Covan of Tallahassee, Fla.; grandchildren Scott Covan of Houston, Texas, David (Brittany) Covan of Tallahassee, Fla., and John Herron “Bo” (Jen) Biddle II of Nashville; great grandchildren Kendal Covan, Kaz Covan, and John Ryder Biddle; brother David (Ernestine) Biddle of Dallas, Texas; and sister Rita Johnson of Birmingham, Ala.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Tony Lawrence and Shane Fisher will officiate. Entombment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. Military grave rites will be administered by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard. The Biddle family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and again Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gospel Broadcasting Network. Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com.
McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Nov. 8, 2013