John Howe Kidwell
Funeral Date: 7/2/2017

John Howe Kidwell, Sr., age 76, of Warren, AR, passed away Thursday, June 29, at his home surrounded by his family and Sweet, his beloved pet. He was born September 28, 1940, in Midland, TX, a son of the late F.L. Kidwell and the late, Johnie Faye Howe McKinney. He married the love of his life Anna Lee Wright Kidwell, May 19, 1962. He often proclaimed momma was the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on. He told everyone he met, he never had a family and his life began when he married Momma and they had children. He loved the United States of America and was a proud Arkansan. He began his life in public service in the United States Navy serving from 1958 to 1961. He proudly served the citizens of Arkansas from 1962 until 1997, in the Arkansas State Police. He retired as a Captain of Troop F in Warren. He served two terms as the Sheriff of Bradley County. He was a member of Good Hope United Methodist Church. He served as a lay speaker and then pastor for over 30 years at Good Hope United Methodist Church and New Edinburg United Methodist Church where he loved sharing his faith and made life long friends. He was a past Masonic Grand Master of Arkansas. He found great joy in having his children home, watching deer, visiting people, bragging on his grandchildren, sharing his faith and helping others. Preceding him in death is his wife Anna Lee Kidwell, and one grandson Carson Pifer. Survivors are two sons John Kidwell, II, and wife Angie, Hermitage, AR, Tony Kidwell and wife Brandy, West Point, AR. Five daughters Kelly Rowell and husband Stewart, Warren, AR, Kerry Gambill and husband Gary, Warren, AR, Kandy Burt, Warren, AR, Robin Pifer and husband Trey, Banks, AR, and Mary Lara, Harrison, AR. Three sisters Cherie Bryant, Alpena, AR, Karen Roberts, Midland, TX, Shelley Hummel, Boerne, TX. 22 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral service was 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at First United Methodist Church in Warren with Rev. Mark Norman and Rev. Bubba Smith officiating. Linda Barrett was organist. Burial was in Williams Cemetery by Frazerís Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Dr. Aaron Rowell, Jacob Rowell, Trai Rowell, Kyle Gambill, Sam Griffin, Trey Kidwell, Joseph Kidwell, Gavin Johnston, B.J. Kidwell, T.J. Kidwell, and Cagney Miller. Honorary pallbearers Connor Pifer, Charlie Griffin, Anderson Rowell, and Finn Kidwell. Memorials preferred to Fe Feís Soup Kitchen or Good Hope United Methodist Church.



Name: charlotte denton
Message: What an great man. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss.

Name: Kelly Bell
Message: I enjoyed talking with him everyday I came to see him. He was a great man and I surely miss him a lot. I will keep your family in my prayers. Thank you for giving me a chance to take of him.

Name: Ricky Green
Message: Wonderful, godly man! He will surely be missed. Prayers for healing hearts for all his family and friends!

Name: Kenny & Tammy Hensley

Name: Tina Battles
Message: Praying for you and your family. May God bless you and keep you.

Name: Tammi Nowlin
Message: I am so sorry for your lost. Mr. Kidwell was a great man who helped so many people. He and Mrs. Anna have special places in my heart. Prayers of comfort for each of you.

Name: Wayne Cone
Message: Loved this family

Name: Klay & LaWanda McKinney

Name: Jim and Linda Davis
Message: Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Name: Me and Mrs Jeff Smith
Message: He will be long missed! We love you and will always cherish that you married us 3 1/2 years ago.

Name: Jill Bodiford
Message: Such a great man! Prayers.

Name: June West
Message: So sad, praying for his family. He was a kind and wonderful man.

Name: EG Kirkwood
Message: He was a good friend. Condolences to the family.

Name: Rhonda and Gary Simmons
Message: Kidwell Family, So sorry about Mr. John. He was so kind and friendly. May God comfort you all during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Linda & Steve Jones
Message: So sorry to hear about Mr. John.May God give you comfort and peace.He was loved by everyone that knew him.

Name: Henry Turner
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends at this time of loss. Henry Turner

Name: Robert & Laverne Laster
Message: prayers for the family at this sad time.

Name: Lynda Herring
Message: So sorry about Mr,John .He has always been a special person ,always so kind .

Name: Emily Lasiter

Name: Marlene Elliott
Message: My deepest sympathy to the family of this sweet man.

Name: Donna McDougald
Message: Kandy and family, so very sorry for your loss. Mr. John was a great Man. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Name: Danny and Brenda Adair
Message: Praying for your family. Sorry for your loss.

Name: Skye Clanton
Message: Prayers for your loss. Mr. John was one of a kind. Such a sweet soul who touched the lives of all that new him. He will be dearly missed.

Name: Jimmy and Emily Moseley

Name: John and JeNelle Lipton
Message: Our deepest sympathy to the Kidwell family. Captain Kidwell was a wonderful person and we cherished his friendship.

Name: Patti and Donnie Bryant
Message: Thoughts, prayers, and sympathy for all the family.

Name: Mary Rauls Mcdougald
Message: This was one great man who always had a kind word for me.. He will be greatly missed.

Name: David & Rhonda Dees
Message: So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all!

Name: Dean & Vicki Bowen
Message: A wonderful man who was loved by so many. Thoughts & prayers for the family.

Name: Doug & Beth Langdon
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you family during this time.

Name: Kim Anderson
Message: Sorry to hear about Mr. John. He was one of the nicest people that I had ever met. He sure loved his family and he missed Anna so much.They are now celebrating together. Prayers for you all.

Name: Tony Vernich
Message: My PawPaw Steve introduced me to John when I was young and I was greatly impressed later on I had the honor of conferring the Past Masters Degree on Most Worshipful Brother Kidwell and I was still greatly impressed. He was and is a great man and Mason. He will be greatly missed

Name: Patricia Ellis and Family
Message: To the family and friends of Mr. John Kidwell. You ALL have my deepest sympathy. May the Good Lord wrap HIS loving arms around you at this time and the days ahead.

Name: John & Brenda Wisener
Message: Our sympathy and prayers for the family during this most difficult time .

Name: Carla Miller