Betty J. Gillham Grayson Tidwell

January 2, 1925April 7, 2018

Betty J. Gillham Grayson Tidwell, 93 of Texarkana, AR, passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at her home. Mrs. Tidwell was Born on January 2, 1925 in Hot Springs, AR. She was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church, Fidelis Class; and retired from the Corps of Engineers Ft. Worth, Red River Army Depot and American Classifieds.

Mrs. Tidwell was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Edna Gillham; husbands Thomas F. Grayson, James D. Tidwell; a son, Frank T. Grayson; and two older brothers, Phillip and Ralph Gillham and granddaughter, Kim Hughes.

Survivors include , daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Harry Schoen of Texarkana, AR, son and daughter-in-law Richard H. and Diana Newton Grayson of Dallas, TX, son, Glen Grayson of Texarkana, AR, and daughter and son-in-law, Anna Jean and Randy Gard of Huntsville, AL; one grandchild, Coleman Fiihr and one great grandson, Levi Hughes.

Family will receive friends from 5:30pm to 7pm Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at East Funeral Home-Downtown.

A private family service will held at East Funeral Home-Downtown with Rev. Phil McLarty. Burial will be in Chapelwood Memorial Gardens under the direction of East Funeral Home-Downtown.

Memorials may be made to Fairview United Methodist Church, 1524 Laurel St, Texarkana, AR 71854.

Online tributes can be posted at


  • Cheryl and Harry Schoen, Daugnter and son-in-law
  • Richard H. and Diana Newton Grayson, Son and daughter-in-law
  • Glen Grayson, Son
  • Anna Jean and Randy Grad, Daughter and son-in-law
  • Coleman Fiihr, Grandchild
  • Levi Hughes, Great Grandson


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Betty J. Gillham Grayson Tidwell

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Marilyn Brown

April 22, 2018

So sorry for your loss. She was a grand lady with a wonderful sense of humor. She was my neighbor for several years and I think of her every morning when I leave for work. Some very cold mornings I would be bundled up from head- to-toe when out of the corner of my eye I would see her make a dash for her newspaper wearing her robe. I would always say to myself, " Miss Betty is tough!" She could always make me laugh and I miss her.

Louis Ainsworth

April 9, 2018

Wonderful memories of Betty (Cheryl, Frank Taylor, Richard, Anna Jean and Glen) when they lived on Jefferson Avenue. And so many good memories of Betty and her family at Fairview Methodist Church. I especially remember her solos. What a beautiful voice. I am very proud that Betty and her family were a part of my youth. Her children are in my prayers.

Louis R Ainsworth