Neil Franklin Tidwell, 95, of McRae went to his heavenly home, on his 95th birthday, June 10, 2020. He was born to George and Bessie Tidwell on June 10, 1925.
The son of sharecroppers, Neil was raised during The Great Depression. He honorably served in the United States Army during combat in the Korean Conflict. Neil retired from Western Waterproofing after 33 years. He also served his community as a Deacon with the First Baptist Church of McRae.
Neil enjoyed catching crappie, gardening, deer hunting, duck hunting, and was an avid Razorbacks fan. He had a great sense of humor, and always made others laugh. He found the most joy in his grandchildren, or as he called them “whippersnappers.”
He is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda; brothers Raymond and Lonnie; sisters Willie Mae and Dura; brother in laws Donald Bradberry and WJ Leak and
daughter-in-law Joyce Tidwell.
Neil is survived by his three children, Tony (Tammi) Tidwell, Danny Tidwell, and Shari (Bobby) Rogers; grandchildren Brandon, Ashley T., Ashley E., Stacy, Chelsea, Laura, Selynna, Bobbie Jo, Amy and Erin; great grandchildren Sawyer, Tristan, Carsyn, Parker, Alyssa, Garret, Madison, Easton, Hudson, Braden, Rylan, Remedy, Evan, Jase, Luke, Jackson, and Anden, and great-great grandson Everett; Sisters Patsy Bradberry, Rose Leak and Sister in Law Lela Tidwell. Neil also had many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Visitation is 2:00-4:00 p.m. Friday at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral service is 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery. State of AR COVID-19 directives will be followed; including requirement of face coverings and social distancing. Arrangements by Smith - Westbrook Funeral Home. www.smithfamilycares.com
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