Monroe – Carl Carrington Tidwell was born on October 11, 1926 and passed away peacefully at his home on January 17, 2022.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe with The Very Reverend T. W. Stodghill, II officiating. Visitation will be held at 10:00 A.M. in Kilbourne Hall prior to the service.
Carl is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Ruffin Tidwell, Sr. and Mimi Peters Tidwell; his brother, Charles Ruffin Tidwell, Jr.; and his wives, Minnie Madden Tidwell and Adrienne Gaston Tidwell.
Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, Gregg Tidwell, C. Dustin Gibbs, Nat Smith (Stephanie); daughter, Jan Tidwell; grandchildren Claire Smith, Carlie Smith, Adrienne Cole Locke (Jeff), John Cole (Carden), Mary Evelyn Cole; and nephew, Douglas H. Tidwell (Terri).
Carl graduated from Neville High School in 1943 and attended Texas A&M for three semesters before joining the US Navy during World War II. He was trained as a combat air crewman and machine gunner for PBY seaplanes and was discharged in1946.
Upon returning to civilian life, Carl resumed his education at Louisiana State University where he pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and received a Bachelor of Art degree in 1949. He completed post-graduate training in Interior Design at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.
During his professional career, he served as assistant professor of Interior Design at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and interior designer at S. R. Swartz & Company in Chicago and Bird Scheib in Austin, Texas. Upon his return to Monroe, he was Vice-President and interior designer at The Trend House before opening his own business, Carl Tidwell Interiors, in 1967. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Louisiana District Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers as well as Chairman of the Monroe Beautification Board, eleven-year member of the Lotus Club Board of Directors, and member of Monroe Rotary International.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Sampognaro and his staff. They extend heart-felt gratitude to his caregivers Johnnie Weathersby and daughter Tyeshia, LaShundra Thomas, Ebony Davis, Glendora Jackson, Mary Potter, and Linda Mitchell for their excellent care and love.
Pallbearers are Jim Lowery, Marshall Napper, Jim Lockhart, Jim Shurley, David Dickey, and Jeff Liner. Honorary pallbearers are Travis Days and his good friends Robert, Van, Melvin, Nickie, and Jack at the Lotus Club.
Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, the Food Bank, and Louisiana State University Alumni Association.