Jeremy Paul Tidwell

August 26, 1977March 8, 2019
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Jeremy Paul “Mad Dawg” Tidwell, 41, of Clayton, passed away on March 8, 2019 in Clayton. Paul was born in Fayetteville, NC to William and Karen (Wells) Tidwell on August 26, 1977. He graduated high school in 1996 from Hilltop Christian School. He married Kay Tidwell on November 13, 2004 at Midway Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Paul never met a stranger. He was a very loving and caring husband and father. Family meant everything to Paul and God gave him a passion to help people. He was a fighter and a true hero to many. He could make you laugh no matter what mood you were in. He was a very adventurous person. He was one of the strongest men in the world and he was loved by many.

Paul was in the fire service for a total of 19 years. He worked as a career Firefighter for Holly Springs Fire Department for 8 years and volunteered at Fairview Rural Fire Department for 17 years where he held the position of Lieutenant, Safety Officer, and is a lifetime honorary member.

He was involved in Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club where he was the President of NC Chapter 11 in Erwin, NC. He was a certified NC Firefighter and had various other certifications such as his Fire Instructor in which he was very proud of. He was the founder of the North Carolina Fallen Firefighter Red Helmet ride and was a Christian of the Baptist denomination.

Paul is survived by wife, Kay Tidwell; daughter, Amber “Precious” Tidwell (14) and son, Christopher “Buddy” Tidwell (13); mother, Karen Tidwell; paternal grandmother, Evelyn Tidwell; in-laws Mike and Pam Wetherington, sister-in-law Becca and husband, Michael, Fidler.

Paul is preceded in death by a father, William Terry Tidwell; brother, Thomas Scott Tidwell; maternal grandmother, Helen Dyches Wells; maternal grandfather, Burnell Wells and paternal grandfather, Mabry Louis Tidwell.

Pallbearers will be Fairview FD Drew Craver, Scott Walker, Gerald Atkins Jr. and Holly Springs FD Jason Parrish, Nick Richmond, Robbie Wilkins.

Memorials may be given to the North Carolina Fallen Firefighter Foundation or the American Cancer Society. A GoFundMe page has also been set up.

The family of Paul wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr.Olsen, Dr. Zanation, UNC Chapel Hill Cancer Hospital, Johnston County Hospice, and Midway Baptist Church.

Visitation will be 5-9pm on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mid-Way Baptist Church, 6910 Fayetteville Rd. Raleigh, NC 27603. Funeral services will be held at 12 pm on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Mid-Way Baptist Church 6910 Fayetteville Rd. Raleigh NC 27603 with Kevin Hinton of Mid-Way Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park, 12830 US 70 Business Hwy, West Clayton, NC 27520. Arrangements are by McLaurin Funeral Home.


  • Kay Tidwell, Wife
  • Amber "Precious" Tidwell, Daughter
  • Christopher "Buddy" Tidwell, Son
  • Karen Tidwell, Mother
  • Evelyn Tidwell, Grandmother
  • Mike Wetherington, Father-in-law
  • Pam Wetherington, Mother-in-law
  • Becca Fidler, Sister-in-law
  • Michael Fidler, Brother-in-law
  • William Terry Tidwell, Father
  • Thomas Scott Tidwell, Brother
  • Helen Dyches Wells, Grandmother
  • Burnell Wells, Grandfather
  • Mabry Louis Tidwell, Grandfather

  • Drew Craver, Fairview FD
  • Scott Walker, Fairview FD
  • Gerald Atkins Jr. , Fairview FD
  • Jason Parrish, Holly Springs FD
  • Nick Richmond, Holly Springs FD
  • Robbie Wilkins, Holly Springs FD


  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, March 15, 2019

Jeremy Paul Tidwell

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Terrelle, Stephanie, Isaiah, and Naima Olive

March 17, 2019

We are blessed to be able to call Paul our friend. He was our neighbor and friend. We have so many wonderful memories of Paul. It's hard to list just one memory we could go on and on about all the fun we had. The kids playing on the trampoline (and Paul too) , camping out in the back yard with Paul sneaking up on them and scaring them, riding dirt bikes, and roasting marshmallows on the fire pit. To Kay, Amber, and Christopher these are some of the memories I hope warm your hearts on the days ahead. Hold them close and know that he is with you always.

Eliza Poe

March 17, 2019

I only knew Paul for a short time but boy was it filled with family & love. My other half adored you & has looked up to you since he was a little boy. My favorite is listening to the stories he tells about you. He misses you so much already. I know you loved my Cole so much. I can’t wait to tell him how amazing you were, how hard you fought & that he has the most amazing gaurdian angel watching over him for all of his days. We will look out for Kay & the kids as promised. Hope you are riding on the streets of gold. Ride hard angel, until we meet again. ❤️

Christopher Tidwell

March 15, 2019

My and my dad had so many memories to hunting , fishing, riding motorcycles, and many more with friends that became family very fast. I love all of you that came to the funeral. Me and my dad rode motorcycles my whole life. Had a nice time wearing out the Harley’s on that Yamaha. He used to always say “they have to drop a gear and we just rear back on the throttle.” I loved to hunt with him so much and I remember when I killed my first deer he was yelling like crazy “ yes son I love you and dead meat of ground.” He was calling everyone and just yelling the same thing to them. I wish we could of went hunting again but I know when I go to the lord with him we will be hunting just like we used to and when I go hunting he will always be beside me helping me make decisions. I love to fish and wanted to go deep sea fishing with him but we will will I go up there. I love him so much.

Christopher Tidwell ( Buddy)

Russell stanberry

March 14, 2019

Paul has been a brother to me since around the age of 13, he has impacted my life in so many ways. Because of Paul I have met some awesome people and lucky enough to call most of them friends. So many memories that I could share, from going 4 wheeling to mud slinging, to pulling him out of the mud and a ditch. Having Thanksgiving left overs at his Mom and Dads to all the long talks we shared at the Fire Dept. From Meeting the love of his life Kay, to being there when he found out he was going to be a "Daddy". Playing with his kids in the floor to cookouts and gathering with friends.
He was a great Man, father and husband. My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to you Kay, Amber and Christopher. We will all get to see him again someday, but until then hold his memories close and know that he loved you all with all he had.