Melba Jean Kidd

Mrs. Melba Jean Kidd, age 85 of Acworth, GA, passed away peacefully on December 1st, 2016 at her residence, with her family by her side.

Melba Jean was born in Colombia, Tennessee June 24th, 1931 and soon after placed in the Tennessee Children's Home.  A few years later she was adopted by Byrd and Agnes Acuff who insisted on adopting a girl with blue eyes and blonde hair. She was the youngest of four sisters and one brother.

After graduating with social honors from Dasher Bible School, Melba Jean met and married the love of her life Jerome M. Kidd on June 3rd, 1950. They were blessed with three beautiful daughters. She was preceded in death by her daughter Julie Noel Kidd on March 1995 and her husband Jerome M. Kidd May 2008.

Melba Jean was a loving mother and wife, devoted friend and a smart business woman. She opened many successful businesses, but one that stood out was “Country Collections” in the barn of her Farmhouse near Peachtree City.  From there she took a leap of faith and bought the downtown area of Warm Springs, GA, where she is best known for renovating and bringing new life back to a sleepy little town.

There are no words that can adequately describe the extent of the impact she had on those who had the great honor and privilege of knowing her. Melba Jean was the epitome of a true Southern Lady; full of grace and charm, kindness and affection; always attentive to the needs of others.  She exuded a special warmth, never meeting anyone who left her presence feeling like a stranger, and she was always the first to actively volunteer whatever she had or lend a hand. She lived her life to please others, giving of herself generously and unconditionally. She would light up a room by her simple presence. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and compassion for others, will never be forgotten. Through Melba Jean’s eyes she only saw the beauty and goodness in everything. Her life was a living example of her favorite Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32 “ Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you.”

Melba Jean is survived by her children and their spouses: Kathy Loyd and son-in-law Terry Loyd, Melanie Upchurch and son-in-law Mike Upchurch. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Brandy Shearouse, Ashley Loyd, Brandon Upchurch, Blake Upchurch and great-grandchildren: Joshua Shearouse and Kristen Shearouse.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 11th at the Church of Christ at North Cobb 885 Shiloh Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144 at 11:30 a.m. (please join us for church starting at 10 a.m.)  A Celebration of Her Life will follow at the Rose Cottage with lunch provided at 12:30 p.m., the address is 3008 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

A burial service will be held at College Park Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 12th.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to Raintree Village Children's Home 3757 Johnston Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601 (formerly known as Dasher Bible School).

Scott Huskins Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements. 678.771.5566 www.scotthuskins.com.

10 comments ()

1. Mary Ann Makooi wrote:
These words describe Aunt Jean in a way I feel but could never have expressed. She was by far the most caring and unselfish lady I ever knew. I always said that she would probably go to her grave taking food to a shut-in. That is the kind of person she was. She was definitely a wonderful example for young Christian ladies, or anyone for that matter, to follow.

Sat, December 3, 2016 @ 6:59 PM

2. Terry Loyd wrote:
What a lady! We didn't start off as friends but we got there after just a little bit. A true classy lady who thought the best of everyone and saw nothing bad in them. She would work hard with you, buy you lunch and then give you the shirt off her back if you were in need. There's nothing bad I can say about a great
mother in law. She's missed because she was loved.

Sat, December 3, 2016 @ 9:31 PM

3. Terry Loyd wrote:
What a lady! We didn't start off as friends but we got there after just a little bit. A true classy lady who thought the best of everyone and saw nothing bad in them. She would work hard with you, buy you lunch and then give you the shirt off her back if you were in need. There's nothing bad I can say about a great
mother in law. She's missed because she was loved.

Sat, December 3, 2016 @ 9:33 PM

4. Shirley Fickle Norris wrote:
I will remember her as Mrs. Kidd, Kathy's mom who was a true southern lady and a Christian.
She was very strict on her children as was my parents on me. They grew up with respect of others and knowing what it meant to have lifelong friends. So, I guess that's one of the reasons why Kathy and I remain good friends.
I hope the kind words and the family's memories of her will get them through this time if sadness and grief.

Sun, December 4, 2016 @ 12:10 PM

5. wrote:
I just heard of Jean's passing. She had a special place in my heart and my wife, Teicher, loved this great Christian lady very much. Our condolences to her family. You will miss her, but heaven will be richer and surely more vocal with her there!

Sun, December 4, 2016 @ 10:57 PM

6. Eric C. Whelchel wrote:
I just heard of Jean's passing. She had a special place in my heart and my wife, Teicher, loved this great Christian lady very much. Our condolences to her family. You will miss her, but heaven will be richer and surely more vocal with her there!

Sun, December 4, 2016 @ 11:00 PM

7. RON MCCURRY wrote:
So sad to hear of Jean's passing, known her since classmates at Dasher Bible School, she was alway's a fun maker on the chorus trips, at ball games, kept the admin. guessing what would happen next She was the only unpaid sanitation worker when she bought Warm Springs GA and took building by building and developed a city that is now a major tourist attraction. She was a true Christian Lady, always looking for ways she could help someone. It was always such a joy just to sit and talk with Jean and tell each other how we grew up over the years. Knowing and loving Jean was a blessing to me. My prays goes to the Lloyds and Upchurchs family

Tue, December 6, 2016 @ 2:19 PM

8. Cathy Sheldon wrote:
I have been blessed and honored to have known my best friend's mother, Jean, for over 25 years!!!! Melanie and I share a special bond of loving, caring for, and helping others as nurses and at times that included her wonderful parents. Jean was bubbly, happy,, and always planning fun things to do!!!! She willed be missed, but my memories of her will always make me smile! The angels are smiling with her too!!!

Thu, December 8, 2016 @ 3:48 PM

9. D'Ercole wrote:
Our deepest sympathy to Ms.Jean's family. She and her husband were cherished neighbors of ours. Ms.Jean was the first in the neighborhood to welcome us with a tin of cookies and when Lindsey was in the hospital she would make a dinner and bring it over. She was an animal lover like us and we bonded over her cat Boy. They were a welcoming and loving family and will be missed. Godspeed and fly with the angels. Surely God and her husband were there to welcome Ms.Jean at the Pearly gates of Heaven.

Fri, February 17, 2017 @ 11:41 PM

10. wrote:
Hi, all is going well here and ofcourse every one
is sharing facts, that's genuinely excellent, keep up writing.

Sun, April 2, 2017 @ 11:19 PM