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Darriel Tidwell, of Kilgore, Texas, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at a Longview, Texas hospital. He was 78.
Darriel was born June 2, 1939, in De Kalb, Texas to Cletus and Ottileen Barnes Tidwell. He was self employed in the Timber Industry, having owned and operated several successful saw mills. Darriel was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Kilgore and was also an avid horseman who helped train his youngest daughter, Mary, to be an award winning barrel racer. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean Tidwell; one granddaughter, Carrie Miller; and one great granddaughter, Mattie Knight.
He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Brenda Tidwell of Hallsville, Texas; two daughters and one son-in-law, Becky and Danny Miller of Gilmer, Texas and Mary McCool of Tyler, Texas; the mother of his children, Joan Tidwell of Tyler, Texas; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends.  
Private graveside services will be held Friday, January 19, 2018 at Old Union Cemetery in Simms, Texas with Rev. Steve Minter officiating. Services are under the direction of Bates Family Funeral Home. 
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