Shirley Gene Brooks Biddle
SHIRLEY GENE BROOKS BIDDLE was born August 3, 1935 in Birmingham, AL and died peacefully in her sleep on September 28, 2019 in Dalton, GA.
She was predeceased by her parents, Edward Leroy Brooks and Nellie B. Wilson, an infant daughter, Shirley Hunter Biddle, a son Dana Steven Biddle, and sister Wallace Jane Brooks Baker and niece Kimberly Diane Martin.
She is survived by her husband, John Hunter Biddle of Dalton, GA; two sons, Jeffrey Hunter Biddle and wife Jan of Mesa, AZ, and John Aubrey (Jay) Biddle and wife Lisa of Calhoun, GA; granddaughter Aubrey Leigh Biddle of Douglasville, GA; grandson Britton Hunter Biddle of Ponte Vedra, FL.
Also surviving are: brothers, Ted Edward Brooks and wife Re of Goose Creek, SC; Gary William Kraft and wife Melissa of Hamilton, OH; sister Janice Edwina Brooks Morace and husband Billy.
Nieces: Terri Michelle Baker of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Heather Marie Brooks Platzer and husband Daniel of Charleston, SC; Sister-in-law Bettye Lee Biddle McCool; Kathye Adelle McCool Hillis and husband Phillip and their children Austin and Kelsey; and Nephew Carl Lee McCool all of Birmingham, AL. Along with great-nephew Eric Petrel of Lafayette, GA there is an extended family of cousins, aunts and uncles.
Shirley married Johny in March 1954. Daughter Shirley was born and died at birth in 1955. Son Jeff was born in 1957 and Dana in 1959. In 1960, after graduation, they moved to Sweetwater, TN where Johny taught and coached at Tennessee Military Institute for 9 years. Jay was born in Sweetwater in 1961.
In 1968 the family moved to Dalton, GA where Johny coached, taught, and worked as an entrepreneur and the boys grew up. Shirley worked for Pittman & Kinney then McCamy law firms for several years. Shirley also began working with Mary Kay which she continued for 39 years. Dana's death in 1980, prompted a move to Niceville, FL through 2007, and a few years on the lake in Jasper, AL.
In 2012, Shirley and Johny returned to Dalton, GA. In 2017, due to declining health issues for both, they moved into Morningside of Dalton where they have been since.

Shirley was a selfless person, loving all whom she met. While she struggled with a variety of health issues all her life, she always put others first. To this day, she is still in contact with friends from High School and friends she made everywhere they lived.

Shirley passed on to be with her Eternal Father on September 28, 2019 after a long battle with multiple myeloma cancer and resultant health issues. It was her desire to be cremated.
She became a member of the First United Methodist Church when they moved to Dalton and returned to membership there when they returned.
There will be no funeral home nor church service in the near term. Her sons, along with her lifelong friends in Dalton, are in the process of planning a "Celebration of Life" with the help of, and in conjunction with, the First United Methodist Church with tentative dates being October 28 or 29.
Published on October 2, 2019
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4 posts

Sylvia Chandler
Oct 17, 2019
Johny, Jeff and Jay--I was so sad to hear through Joyce Thornal today of dear Shirley's going to be with the Lord. I had asked Glenda Taylor yesterday at a funeral if she had heard from Shirley lately, and she had not. I had sent emails a couple of times to her, but did not receive replies. May God comfort your hearts in this time of loss. My dear Ed (Rev. Chandler) died Jan. 19 of 2018. He also loved your Mom & Dad. Sylvia Chandler
Janie Howard Birmingham, Alabama
Oct 08, 2019
Shirley will be missed. I remember her smile at Dalton United Methodist Church when we were members there. We now live in Birmingham and had no idea Shirley was from Birmingham. It is truly a small world.
Extending my sympathy to her family.
Ken Calhou
Oct 06, 2019
You have my deepest sympathy
Jeff Biddle
Sep 30, 2019
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