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Lonnie Sidwell

Lonnie Sidwell

GAINESVILLE — Funeral services for Lonnie Dell Sidwell, 84, of Woodbine, are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Nov. 4, 2019, at Tabernacle Baptist Church.  Interment will follow at Rosston Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.

Mr. Sidwell passed away Oct. 31, 2019, in Sherman.

Lonnie was born Sept. 25, 1935, in Saint Jo to James Lonnie and Trelles Lara (Meroney) Sidwell.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955, sworn in by Audie Murphy. Mr. Sidwell served three tours in Vietnam, also spending time in Japan and Alaska, working on missiles, diesel engines, and electronics. Following more than 20 years of service, Mr. Sidwell purchased a farm in Saint Jo and raised pigs. He also went back to school, accumulating four years of college.

Mr. Sidwell married Linda Ford in Denton on Oct. 10, 1992, and the couple retired to Woodbine. He enjoyed playing the guitar, watching John Wayne movies, and reading Louie L’Amour books.

Survivors include: wife Linda Ford Sidwell of Woodbine; son James Sidwell and wife Teresa of Greenville; son Kenneth Sidwell and wife Pam of Muenster; daughter Judy Morgan and husband Mark of Wichita Falls; daughter Tonya Norman and husband Rob of Nocona; daughter Cynthia Arrington and husband Jimmy of Gainesville; son Jeremy Devers and wife Bonnie of Tioga; son Phillip Devers of Gainesville; grandchildren: Kandace, Christopher, Shelby, Clint, Destinee, Keegan, Xander, Tia, Baylen, and Samuel; eight great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Rocky Ford of Rosston; brother-in-law Arnie Ford of Rosston; sister-in-law Ruthie Cler and husband Mark of Muenster; sister-in-law Betty Paul of Gainesville; sister-in-law Susan Hughes and husband David of Gainesville; sister-in-law Sharon Skinner and husband David of Woodbine; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mr. Sidwell was preceded in death by: his parents; brother Leroy Sidwell; twin sister Ina Hale; sister Karen Sidwell; brother-in-law Billy Ford; and brother-in-law Johnny Ford.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church.

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