Gary Hunt Tidwell

September 24, 1939November 21, 2012

TIDWELL, GARY HUNT - age 73, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at his home. A loving and devoted husband and father. Survived by his wife, Sylvia; son, Scott Tidwell and wife, Tracia; step son, James Thomas; grandsons, Noah and Luke Tidwell; sister, Sylvia Pirtle; nephew, Tony Tidwell and wife, Judy; many nieces and nephews. Mr. Tidwell was employed by Cochran Family McDonalds for 49 years. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities and cancer research. Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. in the Lynnhurst/Greenwood Chapel with Rev. Phillip Murphy officiating. A graveside service will follow in the Lynnhurst Cemetery. Friends may leave their condolences at


  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 25, 2012

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December 1, 2012

I am sorry to hear of your loss.GARY WAS MY FIRST BOSS.He was my FRIEND. HE always had a good word or a good joke to tell.I will miss HIM!

Mark Locke Plumbing

November 29, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about Gary. he was a customer of ours for many many years. I always enjoyed talking to him when he would come in. my thoughts and prayers are with his family. his laugh will be missed!

Teresa Ford

November 28, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss.I have known Gary along time he was a good man.When he came to Newport to work on something he always had a joke to tell us.Even though we were busy most of the time we would always listen andlaugh and joke with him.He will truly be missed by everyone and the Newport mcdonalds lifts the family up in prayer during this sad time.

Charles Green

November 27, 2012

Gary was one of the most intelligent man I have ever known. Because or him the world is a better place. He introduced 100's of young people to the work force, his employees became better people because of his management. I never heard him say one word that he would not say in front of his mother. He always radiated a glow about himself that effected other people he met. I knew him for over 40years and will miss him and pray for his family
Charlie Green


November 26, 2012

Gary Tidwell was a gentleman and a fine person. He was very helpful with my scout troup when he escorted all of us through the McDonalds on Magnolia. Remember that, Scott? I saw you at the famous ball park this past summer, and I am so glad we had a conversation. Thinking of your family at this time.

K ay Hipshire

November 26, 2012

my thoughts and prayers are with you Sylvia and your family

Dan & Ann Mccoy

November 26, 2012

Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

November 25, 2012

Very sorry for your loss.
East High School Class of 61
Eleanor Faye Pryor Loftis

priscilla bruce

November 25, 2012

I worked with Gary at McDonalds on magnolia he was a great guy he help me I became a manager there he was a person a lot of people are not now days he care about his job and people he was one of a kind I worked there when Halls went to the state he was so excited scott my son was on that team he really love his family he is at rest now he had a sense of humor and always cutup and smile and took his career serious God Bless You scott and your mother and your family he is in a better place than us Heaven

Matthew Peters

November 25, 2012


I am sorry about the loss of your father, we all have you and your family in our prayers and if you need anything at all dont hesitate