Derril Wayne Tidwell
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Derril Wayne Tidwell, devoted husband, father and friend. Derril spent his final days making jokes, singing and reminiscing. He passed peacefully into the arms of the Savior in his home on June 16, 2012. Derril was born July 19, 1939 in Bellflower, California. He was raised in Long Beach by his parents, Lance and Mary Tidwell and graduated from Wilson High School in 1957. Derril graduated from USC in 1963, was awarded the Merit Book Award for Achievement and graduated second his class with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. He enjoyed work as a Pharmacist for over 40-years. He married Anne Miller of on April 1, 1960 in Long Beach. They enjoyed 52 years of marriage, remaining best friends and lovers to present day. They enjoyed travelling together in their motorhome. Derril cared deeply for his everyone. He was viewed as a mentor and father-figure. He spent hours tutoring his children and grandchildren, and was the one-person that everyone looked to for advice. Derril was handsome, humble, witty and loved by all. He brought laughter to any occasion. He was incredibly intelligent, and could solve even the most difficult math questions in his head. And you would always find him reading a book. He was very compassionate and spent years teaching married couples communication techniques and volunteered with Habitat For Humanity. Derril was preceded in death by his parents, Lance and Mary Tidwell. He leaves behind his wife, Anne; son, Wayne Tidwell and his wife, Delia; daughter, Gina Jacoy, her husband, Robert and grandchildren Jerritt Van Es and Bree Van Es; two brothers, Lance Tidwell, his wife Wendy and their children; Glenn Tidwell and his wife, Kirsten and their children. Memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Reform Church, 15941 Virginia Avenue, Paramount, California on July 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Reception immediately following. Derril will be greatly missed. We find comfort knowing that we will see him again. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits. Whites Funeral Home
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on July 1, 2012