Eugenia “Genee” Crump Biddle, 94, died on March 10, 2012 at Cherry Springs Village. She was a long-time resident of the Hendersonville area following her retirement as a high school teacher in Bradley County and Oak Ridge, TN. She was born on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1917, in Bells, TN, to the late Mary Moore and Eugene Watson Crump. Her younger sister Lida Crump Coats preceded her in death in 2003. Her early years were spent from town to town in parsonages of the Methodist Church, Memphis Conference. After graduating from high school in Covington, TN, she received a music scholarship to Blue Mountain College. When the family moved to McKenzie, TN, she transferred to Bethel College (Cumberland Presbyterian College), and received her Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1938 she married Charles R. McGhee, who preceded her in death. She taught school in Tennessee for 30 years and was inducted into Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary teachers’ organization. In 1968, she resigned from Oak Ridge High School and married Ralph E. Biddle. In all, she lived in 7 states and 26 towns.
Survivors include her husband of forty-four years, Ralph E. Biddle; a sister, Gladys C. Lazenby of Collierville, TN; two stepsons, Alan Biddle of Annandale, VA, Ralph Jr of Philadelphia, PA; a niece, Mary Jo Coats Thompson of Collierville, TN; and a nephew, Henry A. Coats III of Piperton, TN.
A memorial service will be at 3:30 pm Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Mills River Presbyterian Church. A private scattering service will be held in Lake Ocoee, TN. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731, or Mills River Presbyterian Church, 10 Presbyterian Church Road, Mills River, NC 28759.