TALBIRD Joseph Brandon Talbird, Jr., 81, of Fernandina Beach, FL, and Monroe, GA, died on April 18, 2013. He was born in Richmond, VA on January 22, 1932 to the late Joseph Brandon Talbird, Sr. and Lucille Ross Talbird. He was married to the late Nell Webb Talbird of Thomaston, GA on May 1, 1953. He is survived by three children: Susan Talbird Bradley (Joe) of Fernandina Beach, FL; Mike Talbird (Leta) of Social Circle, GA; and Allison Talbird (Alan Simpson) of St. Augustine, FL. He has four grandsons and one great grand-daughter: Jason Bradley and Samantha Bradley of Burlington, VT; Beau and Joshua Bradley of Fernandina Beach, FL; and Brandon Talbird of Social Circle, GA. He has one sister, Vivian Talbird Halliday (Joseph) of Highlands, NC, and two nieces, Mary Shaw (Brad) of Atlanta, GA and Kathy Langan (Steve) of Bedford, NH. He grew up in Fernandina Beach, Florida., attended the University of Florida, and received his master's degree in engineering at Georgia Tech. He served in the Navy from 1953-1955. He and Nell lived in Bethesda, MD, Atlanta and Monroe, GA, and Fernandina Beach, FL. He was a charter member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary 14-1 and was flotilla commander in 1996-1997. He was also an educator, a restaurant owner (The Snug Harbor), a gourmet cook, a Sudoku master and a Fox fanatic. He loved being with his children, boating, bird-watching, and animals, especially his two cats, Spook and Scamp. There will be a memorial service at Bosque Bello cemetery in Fernandina Beach, FL on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Donations may be made to Cat's Angels, PO Box 16072, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32035, and Abbey Hospice, 215 Azalea Ct., Social Circle, GA, 30025. He will be missed by us all. Please Sign the Guestbook @

Published in the Florida Times-Union on May 1, 2013