Michael “MT” Ray Tidwell, 6, of Brownwood, went to be with the Lord April 14, 2015 at Lifecare Hospital in Fort Worth.

? He was born July 8, 1950 in Dallas to Nolan Odell Tidwell and Lawanda Long Tidwell. He grew up in Odessa and graduated for Odessa High School in 1967.

? After graduating, he worked as a pipeline welder until 1979 when he moved to Brownwood to work with his family under Tidwell Paving. From 1987 to 1996 he worked for Circle K convenience stores, and later drove a truck with his brother until 2002.

? Anyone that met Mike knew how he always made people laugh with his amazing stories; he liked to fish and was a wonderful cook. He absolutely loved the Dallas Cowboys and John Wayne. And had an unwavering love of the Lord and his family, especially his sons and grandchildren.

? Mike was preceded in death by his mother; father; three brothers, Donnie Tidwell, Steve Tidwell and Mark Tidwell; and most recently his uncle, Leon Tidwell. He is survived by his sons, Guy Tidwell of Brownwood, and Dillon Tidwell and wife Kimberly of Brownwood; his two grandchildren, Emma Lenee and Kylon Lee Tidwell; and his brothers, Larry Wayne Tidwell and wife Nancy of Houston, Tommy Tidwell and wife Sandy of Texarkana, Paul Tidwell of Houston, James Tidwell of Brownwood, and sister Debra Sue Bush and husband Joe of Brookesmith. He also left behind 16 nieces and nephews, and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends to carry on his memory.

? A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 24, 2015 at New Beginnings Church in Brownwood. The family is asking in lieu of flowers, that people would donate in memory of Mike to Shriners Hospital for Children.