Bro. Gerald Tidwell
1938 - 2014
Bro. Gerald Tidwell, 76, of Durant, OK. passed away Tuesday, Dec.16.
He was born Sept. 14, 1938, in Munday, to Everett and Blanche (Coltharp) Tidwell. He married Margaret Yandell in Munday, Aug. 18, 1957. He was a four year letterman in high school sports at Munday High School and was All State in track and field. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in English and Bible from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene. After college, he continued his education and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Gerald surrendered to the ministry and began pastoring his first church in Roby, at the age of 18. He went on to pastor at the Faith Baptist Church in Iowa Park, First Baptist Church of Tulia, First Baptist Church of Seminole, North Ft. Worth Baptist Church of Ft. Worth, and retired from the First Baptist Church of Durant, OK., after many years as their pastor.
He established a Christian Counseling Center in Durant that operated for many years and provided counseling and support for those in need at no charge. He also served for three years as a missionary with Frontiers for Baptist Men and established many churches in the Northwest and Canada. After retiring from the First Baptist Church in Durant, he worked in the media business while continuing to preach on weekends in local churches. He enjoyed coaching his three children in little league basketball and baseball and was involved in numerous activities and organizations. He was a supporter of the Durant Lions and enjoyed announcing the football games on FBC TV. He enjoyed traveling and helped organize many tours throughout Europe and the Holy Lands.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Blanch Tidwell; daughter, Cindy Ann Tidwell May 7, 2011; and brothers, Ralph and Kelton Tidwell.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Tidwell of the home; son, Todd Tidwell of Durant, OK.; daughter, Michelle Smith of Los Angeles, CA.; a sister, Patsy Curtin of San Marcos; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild,
A church service in honor of his memory was held at 10:00 AM Monday, December 22, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Durant, Oklahoma with BGCO Falls Creek Program Director and Student Ministry Specialist Andy Harrison and President of Oklahoma Baptist University Dr. David Whitlock officiating. The honorary pallbearers were the Deacons at the First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to holmescoffeymurray.com.
Services were under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.