Kilgroe Funeral Home


Mr. Richard L. Iddins, Jr.

November 16, 1932December 27, 2020

PELL CITY - Richard was born in Lafollette, TN on November 16, 1932. He is preceded in death by his parents, Katherine Newman Iddins and Richard LeRoy (Roy) Iddins and his sister, Mary Lou Lamb (Leonard). He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Mabry Iddins; three sons, Richard Iddins, III (Nancy), James Iddins (Lisa), and Christopher Iddins (Brenda), five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Richard attended the public school in Johnson City, TN, graduating from Science Hill High School in 1950. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN in 1954, receiving a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and a 2nd Lieutenants commission in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Richard retired from the Tennessee Department of Transportation in 1985. He is an Air Force Veteran and Served with the Tennessee Air National Guard. After retirement, he was employed by consulting firms, was a licensed engineer in three states, was in the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials and was a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Richard was a scout master and enjoyed seeing the boys maturing into outstanding men. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church and Seekers Sunday School Class in Pell City, AL.

Graveside service will be held in the Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville, TN on Saturday, January 2, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Kentucky Cystic Fibrosis Services (PO Box 23512; Lexington, KY, 40523).


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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, January 2, 2021


Mr. Richard L. Iddins, Jr.

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Charles Smith

January 7, 2021

I am sad to lose a good friend of many years. We not only share a commonality in our church, several years Sunday School class, bible study, but also an occasional lunch with him and his devoted wife Dorothy. We also shared a commonality having both retired from the State of Tennessee and both having lived in the Knoxville area. And I shall miss his sense of humor expressed often by his forwarding of funny emails. Miss you my friend.

Joanna Smith Chatham

January 4, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort during this time.

Alice Pryor

January 3, 2021

My brother Ian (died in 2003 when his parachute didn't open) and I loved having Dick visit his and our aunts - Mae and Mildred Iddins - here in Jefferson City with his parents. We would sit at the kitchen table and play monopoly (and sometimes poker - as if teenagers know how to play poker!) We LOVED having him come. And, he's been a dear friend now for many, many years. (My sister Helen, brother Ian, and I never called him anything but Dick.) He had a wonderful sense of humor and we always loved it when he came to visit. He and I have e-mailed weekly for a long time - and I will miss him so much. He was a wonderful man.

Barbars Schell

January 2, 2021

Richard, was one of the nicest classmates that I was with from the six grade through high school through our adult life and remained good, close friends. He was one of the nicest boys in school he was respected and admired by his classmates he was in the ROTC as an officer and he was a gentleman. We formed a relationship in the sixth grade and it was continued until he left. It will still be an ongoing relationship as long as I’m alive and until we meet again to finish up the life we started in the sixth grade. So is that good

Connie Gilliam

December 31, 2020

I retired from TDOT after 42 years and I had the pleasure to work with Richard in the early 1980's in the James K. Polk Building.
Richard was a wonderful man who always treated people with respect. TDOT was fortunate to have Richard as an employee.
Praying for his family.

Helen Jolley

December 31, 2020

Prayer are with you, Dorothy - and all your family. So very sorry!

Wayne Seger

December 29, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Even though we grew up diagonally behind you guys in Donelson, I really didn’t get to know your dad until he worked a 120 day stent with TDOT in the Bridge Inspection and Repair section in the 1990’s. I was privileged to work closely with him during that time and was captivated with his knowledge and history of the Department, especially in East Tennessee, referred to as Region 1. During that period, he brought in old movies of early construction of roads and bridges which mesmerized everyone who saw them. He was well respected in the Department and I am grateful to have been able to get to know “my neighbor” better, even though we had both moved from Donelson years before. He was a great man.
My Condolences ,
Wayne Seger
TDOT (retired)

Mark and Mary Isham

December 29, 2020

So sorry for your loss Chris. Love you guys.


Richard LeRoy Iddins Jr.


Richard LeRoy Iddins Jr.