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Charles Herbert Tidwell

May 26, 1949 — July 20, 2019

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him .For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Brother Charles Herbert Tidwell “Tidwell” was born May 26, 1949 in Rosston, Arkansas to the union of Silas L. Tidwell and Gertha Jackson. He was raised by his grandparents, Zetha “Bessie” Nelson and John Nelson.

He accepted Christ at an early age and united with First Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. J. H. Hayes He later joined Nazaren Missionary Baptist Church of Hot Springs under the leadership of Rev. James F. Lambert, Jr.

Charles was a 1969 graduate of Ouachita County High School.He was always friendly and never met a stranger. After high school he enlisted in the United States Army and served for 19 years. He united in Holy Matrimony to his high school sweetheart, Sharon Ann Nelson and to this union four children were born, Calvin, Evan, Tatianna and Sharri; and they adopted Christopher. They were married until her passing on February 20, 2004. He later united in Holy Matrimony to Barbara Ann Parker on March 18, 2006 and gained two more sons.

Charles was an absolute hard worker. He worked several jobs including Chrysler in Detroit, MI, Georgia Pacific in Fordyce, the Bearden Lumber Company in Bearden, Union Pacific Railroad in Pine Bluff and lastly retiring from ALCATEL in Fordyce.

He took his role as father seriously and didn’t believe in sparing the rod. In addition to being a hard worker, Charles was a family man. He enjoyed the simple pleasures like memorable moments with his children, and fun times with his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, watching sports, traveling, playing bingo and keeping his cars shined.

His life was rewarding, full, and blessed. On Saturday, July 20, 2019, he slipped the bonds of this life for a life in eternity. He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Sharon Ann Tidwell.

A lifetime of love and memories will be forever remembered by his wife of 13 years, Barbara Tidwell of Garland, TX; three sons, Calvin B. Tidwell of Little Rock, Evan J. (Yolanda) Tidwell of Bearden and Chris (Amy) Bullard of Pine Bluff; three daughters, Tatianna L.S.C. Tidwell (Stacy Ford) of Hot Springs, Sharri C. Tidwell (Decassius Lambert) of Bearden and Trequair Tidwell of Hot Springs; a very special sister-in-law he helped raise, Valerie (Carl) Hartley of Bearden; two bonus children, Deshawn Parker and Roderick Parker both of Hot Springs; a son he loved as his own; six sisters, Zetha Marie Owens (Freddie) of Bearden, Evelyn Diane Box of Detroit, Mary Christopher, Sarah Erby and Rosie Ballard all of Nashville, Lucille Snyder (Craig) of Little Rock and two brothers, Jehrom Erby of Nashville and Hill Berry of Bearden; an aunt, Francis Robinson of Milwaukee; two uncles, Billy Jackson and Nathaniel Jackson both of Pine Bluff; a special grandson, Dikendra Collins of Bearden; twenty-one grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Public visitation will be Friday, July 26, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home Van Buren, 119 Van Buren Street. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Bearden with Rev. Verna Thompson, officiating. Interment will be at White Springs Community Cemetery in Bearden under the direction of Williams Funeral Home, Arkadelphia. Sign the guestbook online at  

Pallbearers will be Jamond Young, Alvin Thompson, Duke Flint, Carlos Williams, Thomas Thrower and Jerome Cook. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Ray Newton, Shedrick Parker, Jehrom Erby, Carl Hartley, John Newton and Jimmy Williams.



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Service Schedule

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Public Visitation

Friday, July 26, 2019

1:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Williams Funeral Home Van Buren

119 Van Buren St NW, Camden, AR 71701

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Funeral Service

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

First Missionary Baptist Church Bearden

, Bearden, AR 71720

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