Rex Tidwell

Rex Tidwell

Monday, August 16th, 1948 - Tuesday, June 16th, 2020
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Rex Tidwell, 71, a disabled veteran, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in Arlington.

Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Interment: At a later date, Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas. Visitation: 10-11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials: Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Disabled Veterans or any Marine Corp related foundations.

Rex was born on August 16, 1948 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to George Elton Tidwell and Lola Mae Underhill Tidwell. He joined the Marine Corp in October 1965 in the heat of the Vietnam War at age 17. He served as a brig chaser, escorting prisoners from one place to another. He was a court bailiff on a general court marshal for murder. Rex was also an expert rifleman with a top security clearance which came in handy guarding nuclear weapons. He was a very proud Marine and anyone that talked to him knew it. Rex worked for the U.S. Postal Service for many years before he retired. He met the love of his life there, Nancy, who was also a postal service worker in 1986.

They enjoyed traveling early in their marriage, had horses, and loved fishing. After retirement, he enjoyed working in his workshop building things for anyone that would ask him to, and helping friends and neighbors with projects. The past few years, he enjoyed sitting in the front of his house and talking to neighbors. One neighbor in particular, Steven, would talk with him for hours about some sort of project that the two of them would work on or just life in general. Rex survived cancer 4 times, he was a true fighter to say the least.

Rex was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ken Tidwell; and sister, Carolyn Tidwell.

Survivors: Wife, Nancy Jean Stephenson Tidwell; daughter, Mesha Cox and husband, Joey, grandchildren, Erica and Landon, daughter, Misty Cardenas and stepson, Eric Tidwell; sisters-in-law, Joyce Livesay and Marty Tidwell; nieces and nephews, Kirk Livesay, Jessica Livesay, Cameron Livesay, Tammy Livesay, Melissa Cwikla (Rex Jr.), Mike Tidwell and Micki Fenstermaker.

Wade Family Funeral Home
(817) 274-9233
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wade Family Funeral Home
    4140 W Pioneer Parkway
    Arlington, Texas 76013
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  • Service

    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 11:00am
    Wade Family Funeral Home
    4140 W Pioneer Parkway
    Arlington, Texas 76013
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Ryan Rasberry
  • Interment

    Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery
    2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    DALLAS, Texas
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Micki Tidwell Fenstermaker

Posted at 07:02pm
Uncle Rex and I shared August birthdays two days apart. I will miss his Happy Birthday wishes, his smile, his laughter, and his hugs! I cherish the wonderful memories of family time together with this very special man! My thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace for family, especially Nancy and Missey. ❤️LOVE!!

Melissa & John Cwikla

Posted at 03:00pm
Uncle Rex... we couldn't love you or be more proud of you. Our favorite marine. Until we meet again, Rest In Peace.
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Toni Sluder

Posted at 12:05pm
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Don Huffman

Posted at 09:58pm
Expressing extreme gratitude for the exemplary US Marine Corps Service of Sgt. Rex Tidwell for our country. Prayers go up to heaven for comfort for his family and many friends in their untimely loss. May he rest from the labors of life and enter into the promised Paradise of his Lord and Savior. God bless his beloved soul.
d Huffman, Army vet, DFWHG member.

NoFR and Golden Sharks

Posted at 03:28pm
Love Laurie, Matthew, Shelly, JT, Lori, Ang, Terri, Art, Carol, Jimmy, Rainbow, Lee, Bekka, Bones, QV, Sue, BG, Greg, Pat and Steve
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