John Howe Kidwell, Sr., 76, of Warren, passed away June 29, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family and his beloved pet, Sweet.

He was born on September 28, 1940, in Midland, Texas and was the son of the late F.L. Kidwell and Johnie Faye Howe McKinney.

He married the love of his life, Anna Lee Wright Kidwell, May 19, 1962 and often proclaimed she was the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on. He told everyone he met that he never had a family and his life began when he married Anna 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 in the Arkansas State Police, from 1962 until 1997. He retired as a Captain of Troop F in Warren then 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, 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.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Lee Kidwell, and one grandson, Carson Pifer.

Survivors are two sons, John Kidwell, II, and wife, Angie, of Hermitage, and Tony Kidwell and wife, Brandy, of West Point, Arkansas; five daughters, Kelly Rowell and husband Stewart of Warren, Kerry Gambill and husband, Gary, of Warren, Kandy Burt, of Warren, Robin Pifer and husband, Trey, of Banks, and Mary Lara, of Harrison; three sisters, Cherie Bryant of Alpena, Karen Roberts of Midland, Texas, Shelley Hummel, of Boerne, Texas; 22 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 2 at 4:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Warren with Rev. Mark Norman and Rev. Bubba Smith officiating. Burial will be at Williams Cemetery.

Pallbearers are 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 are Connor Pifer, Charlie Griffin, Anderson Rowell, and Finn Kidwell.

Memorials may be made to Fe Fe’s Soup Kitchen or Good Hope United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Frazer’s Funeral Home in Warren.=”Landmark 1″ width=”620″ height=”250″ />