In Loving Memory

John Whidbee, Jr.

August 26, 1943 - June 23, 2022


John Alton Whidbee, Jr., a native of Columbia, MS and resident of Daphne, AL, passed away at his home on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at the age of 78.

John was retired military.  He served in the US Coast Guard as Senior Chief from 1965 to 1983.  He also served in the US Air Force from 1961 to 1965.  He was a member of the US Armed Forces Honor Guard of Baldwin County, the American Legion Post 199, and DAV Arnold Bryers Chapter 45, as well as the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Association.  John was an avid hunter and fishermen who loved being in the great outdoors.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Johnie Alton Whidbee, Sr. and Katherine O. Whidbee, and granddaughter, Jaiden Sipe.

He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Judy Brenner Whidbee; children, Johnny Whidbee of Fort Payne, AL, Tracey Whidbee Kauffmen of North Fort Myers, FL and Jodi Whidbee Sipe of Silverhill, AL; stepdaughters, Julia Langan of Mobile, AL and Sandra J. Taylor of Daphne, AL; grandchildren, John Taylor Whidbee, Racheal Kauffman, Chase Kauffman; step-grandchildren, Dominic Hall, Izabell Abbett, Eva Langan, Luke Langan, Siena Langan and Marshall Langan; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Linda Kay Whidbee Sherwood, Jane Whidbee Aslam, Amanda Whidbee Mayo and Lynn Latimer; his beloved dog, Bella; numerous aunts, uncles. Cousins, numerous in-laws and out-laws.

On Monday, July 18, 2022, family and friends will meet at 9:00 AM at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road in Daphne, AL, and then will leave promptly at 9:30 AM in procession to the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery for a graveside service. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the US Armed Forces Honor Guard of Baldwin County, P.O. Box 116, Daphne, AL 36526.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Sandra

    I miss you Dad! You were the best!

  2. Larry DiAmco

    John was good man in every respect. John was a patriot and valued member of the Armed Forces Honor Guard and liked by all.
    But most importantly, John considered me his friend. He will be remembered by all as well as missed.

  3. Amanda Whidbee Mayo

    Love & Miss you Big Brother!! Forever in our hearts… Rest in Peace!! Love, Troy & Amanda

  4. Carl M Lejsek

    We’re Sorry to Hear about John, he’s in a Better Place now, Our Condolences go out to Judy and all the Family Members, he will be Missed, we will keep you all in our Prayers 🙏, God Bless & God Speed my Friend ☹️🇺🇸!

  5. Sue Stanfield

    In reading John’s military history, one can see that he was a true patriot and had a servants heart. What a sweet soul, He will obviously be missed by many friends and loved ones.. Sending friendship hugs!!!

    Peace and comfort Judy ♥️

  6. Ms Geambro Hollis

    Condolences to the family. He will truly be missed, yet always remembered. God has called another one home.

  7. Junemarcia Harris

    Condolence Judy and to the rest of the family . Thank you John for your service .
    I will missed you my buddy. 🤗❤️

  8. Angela McClintock

    Uncle John Al. I will miss that silly humor that could make my day a little brighter and that mischievous laugh. You’re now at peace with those beloved family and friends who made the Journey before you. My Thoughts and prayers are with Judy and those of us who remain.

  9. by: Bill and MarySturdivant ( 6/28/2022)

    On behalf of Columbia High School Classmates of 1961, we will miss your presence and will cherish remembrance of good times that we enjoyed with u in the past.
    A memorial has been forwarded to Armed Forces Honor Guard honoring your military dedication and achievements.
    Our condolences to Judy and your family.
    RIP , my friend, Columbia High School Class of 1961

  10. Elizabeth Clay Lange

    John Al, my beloved cousin. I will miss you forever. You made my life more special than it ever would have been without you.
    Go in love.


    I remember serving with him flying USCG C-130’s. RIP Shipmate.
    Alan Zack, CWO, USCG Ret


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