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July 10, 2014

C.W. Tidmore

Athens — C.W. Tidmore, 91, passed away at ETMC-Athens on Wednesday, July 9.  Mr. Tidmore is survived by his wife of 71 years, Nettie Faye Lewis Tidmore; two sons: Danny and wife, Judy; and Charles and wife, Zan.  Five grandchildren:  Angie Tidmore Locke and husband Todd, and children, Gage and Peyton; Kyle Tidmore and wife, Jessica, and children, Cameron and Avery; Tammy Tidmore Risko and husband Toby, and children, Charles Simon and Vivian; Tori Tidmore Correll and husband Mike; and Blythe Tidmore Stanley and husband Jesse. He is also survived by two sisters, Frances Tidmore Fulgham and husband Gwin, Maxie Tidmore Barton and husband Doyle; sisters-in-law Leola Lewis Barton and Peggy Lewis McDaniel and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Tidmore was born in Van Zandt County on January 19, 1923 to Howell C. and Johnnie Stover Tidmore.  He was one of ten children, and was preceded in death by brothers Ellis, Maynard, Elmo, D. J., and Will; sisters Earlene Tidmore Palmer and Edna Earl Tidmore DeVries.

In 1949 Tidmore started Tidmore Auto Supply. The business fronted East Tyler Street and backed up to the original market square.  In 1970 he sold the business and it became Auto Industrial Supply.

Tidmore bought thirteen acres of land on Lovers Lane in 1955.  In 1963 he created the original Eastern Hills Sub-Division on part of the land.  During the next 25 years he developed several subdivisions and built numerous homes in the area. Danny joined the business in 1971, followed by Charles in 1974. The residential construction operation expanded to include apartments in Athens and area communities.  Health problems caused Tidmore to largely retire in 1987, and his sons have continued similar operations since that time.

Tidmore was a member of the Athens Lions Club since 1952, and chaired the club’s project to build the original rodeo arena at the current Henderson County Rodeo Grounds.  In 1960, at age 37, he was elected mayor of Athens.  Major projects during his term as mayor were the widening of East Tyler Street, the creation of Lake Athens, and starting the City’s original economic development organization.

The Tidmores joined First Baptist Church in 1951.  Over the next 50 years he served his church in many ways, and chaired the pulpit committee in 1966 when the Rev. Curtis Mathis was called to serve as pastor.  In 1960, he was part of the committee to raise funds for the construction of a new sanctuary for the church. The church’s vision for the new sanctuary was more quickly realized when the committee secured a $100,000 contribution from Athens native Sid Richardson.  In 1992, Tidmore served as the contractor for the renovation of the sanctuary.

Tidmore enjoyed recreational flying in the ‘60’s, and RV travel and fellowship in later years.  Throughout his life he enjoyed activities with his siblings and extended family, but especially being “Pop” for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A visitation for Mr. Tidmore will be held at Carroll & Lehr Funeral Home on Friday, July 11th, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2pm at First Baptist Church of Athens, led by Dr. Kyle Henderson and Dr. Joe Warren.  Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Pallbearers are nephews James Tidmore, Stan Fulgham, Kelly Tidmore, Larry McDaniel, and Steve Barton, and family friends Dewis Tillery and Tommy Maxfield.  Honorary pallbearers are Mr. Tidmore’s Sunday school class, Athens Lion’s Club, the Joel “Jolie Blon” Cole family, Billy Davis, Leman Hargrove, Pete Harville, Bill Key, Artie Kirkwood, Tommy Smith, Marlin Smith, Doyle Paroline, and Neal Velvin.

The family greatly appreciates the kindness of Dr. Doug Curran and the professionals in the ETMC ICU, and requests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Athens, 105 S. Carroll St., Scottish Rite Hospital at 2222 Welborn St. Dallas, TX 75219, or the Henderson County Food Pantry, P.O. Box 2062, Atnens, TX 75751.

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