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John W. Biggs

Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

Posted by exploreClarion

John William Biggs, age 76, of Knox, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday morning, May 22, 2012, after a long battle with congestive heart failure.

Born December 25, 1935 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he was the son of the late John William Biggs, Jr. and Daisy Smith Biggs.

After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Korea.

Following his honorable discharge from the Army in 1960, Bill returned to Fort Lauderdale, where he had been raised and would become a longtime resident. He eventually secured a job with the Florida East Coast Railroad and worked for the railroad until his retirement.

In the 1960’s, Bill became baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Upon moving to this area, he became a member of the Shippenville Congregation.

In his spare time he loved to fish and loved cooking even more, but, the love of his life was his wife, the former Barbara Yvonne Marquette, who he married on January 25, 1965 in Ft. Lauderdale.

In addition to his wife, Barbara, Bill is survived by three children: Carol Anne Marquette, Richard Marquette and his wife, Ella and Barry Marquette; four grandchildren: Aimee, Leslie, Lisa and Kyle and seven great grandchildren.

Bill and Barbara enjoyed the close companionship of their dog, Maddy.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2012 at the Golden Living Center, 21158 Paint Boulevard, Shippenville.

Online condolences may be sent to Bill’s family at www.rupertfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are under the direction of the William N. Rupert Mortuary, Inc. of Knox.

Online condolences can be sent to http://www.rupertfuneralhomes.com/obituary.aspx?MemberId=106158&MName=John%20W.%20Biggs

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