Talmadge Wayne “Buddy” Whiddon

Published 9:48 am Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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Talmadge Wayne “Buddy” Whiddon, 82, of Climax, Ga., passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steve Poppell officiating.  Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday at Lake Bird United Methodist Church Cemetery. Bradley Harrison, Anthony Harrison, Chad Whiddon, Baker Suber, Roger McMillan, and James Pate will serve as active pallbearers.

The family will receive friends prior to the service, from 10:00 until 10:45 a.m. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.bryantfuneralga.com. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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Talmadge Wayne Whiddon was born December 25, 1939, in Highland City, Fla., the son of Arthur Talmage Whiddon & Maggie Hendry Whiddon. Buddy grew up in Perry and lived in Brunswick, Ga., before moving to Decatur County in 1989. He was an active member of Climax Baptist Church.

Buddy was a truck driver by trade and a tinkerer by design. Idle time was never on his schedule, and some would even describe him as a workaholic. Buddy loved fishing (especially at Bird Lake) and listening to southern gospel music. His family, his church, and his church family were always a priority. Buddy left a legacy of love with five generations of those he loved so dearly.

Survivors include his wife, Lavern Suber Whiddon; his children, Suzanne Whiddon Harrison (Keith) of Climax, and Terry Suber (Julie), Cindy Osterberg (Charles), Mary Catherine Suber, and Wayne Suber, all of Bristol, Fla.; his daughter-in-law, June Whiddon; his grandchildren, Bradley, Anthony & Sarah Beth, Tonya & Brad, and Chad & Ashley; his great-grandchildren, Rosie Jean, Tate, Hannah, Payton, Lidabeth, Lily, Asher, and J.T.; his great-great-grandchild, Josie; his siblings, Wanda Bodiford of Perry, Fla., Frances English of Greenville, Fla., and Dahlia Blue (Ralph) also of Perry, Fla.; and a host of extended family. In addition to his parents, Buddy was preceded in death by his wife, Lida Collins Whiddon; his son, Wayne Whiddon; and his siblings, Jean Pearson and Robert “Bob” Whiddon.

Bryant Funeral Home, located at 105 N. Florida Street, is assisting the family with arrangements. (229-246-3321)