Roy Wooton Tidwell

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Roy Wooton Tidwell passed away on Monday, March 17, 2008 at The Virginian, a retirement community in Fairfax, Virginia. Devoted father of Nancy (Dave) Beck & John (Debbie) Tidwell; loving grandfather of Courtney Tidwell. Family & friends are invited to Roy's Life Celebration at Money & King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, Virginia on Friday, March 28 from 6-8 pm. There will be a private funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson St., Baltimore, MD 21230.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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  1. My cousin Roy was the closest thing I had to a big brother when I was a little boy. He was a wonderful person and friend to all his family members. Roy was a distinguished civil servant and a leader of his agency, with a rare understanding of how to make the government work. My wife and I loved him dearly and will miss him greatly. Phil Brooks

  2. My sincerest sympathy to Nancy and John on their loss. I worked for Mr. T (as I affectionately called him) in the mid-70’s at FHWA. He was a wonderful and caring individual, who was a pleasure to work for. Mr. T. would always make me laugh by calling me Darleneeeee. Over the years, he would tell me how proud he was of me for working at the Supreme Court. I truly feel that I have lost a great friend, but he will always hold a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with the Tidwell family. Sincerely, Darlene Pohlod Wills

  3. My condolences to Nancy and John on the loss of your dad. I had the privilege of working for your wonderful father in the late 70s and stayed in touch with him over the years and into my retirement. I considered Roy one of the finest people I’ve ever met. He was a smart, caring, compassionate person with a great sense of humor. Every time my wife Cathy and I got to the DC area, we looked forward to going to dinner with Roy and Roger Dean, another great person. Fond memories of Roy will always be with me as I am sure they are for you.

  4. I will always remember Roy as a gentleman, a person you never heard others speak of in a negative vein. We worked in close relationship in the late 70’s and early 80’s and I always enjoyed the way he approched all subjects in a positive way. His family and all of those who knew him will surely miss a giant of a man!

  5. Roy was a great leader in the FHWA family. His memory will be a lasting tribute to all of us that knew him. My sincere Sympathy to the family. Volmer Ken Jensen Retired Regional Administrator

  6. I worked closely with Roy in the 70’s. He as always a gentleman who I counted on for advice and good counsel on the projects we collaborated on. He was well respected and admired by his colleagues and peers and will be greatly missed. His contributions to the Technology Transfer programs of FHWA are many and contributed strongly to upgrading the State-of-the-art of highway engineering in the highway community. John and Nancy – your father was a good man which is the most praise any man can receive. I was fortunate to know him and will miss him. My prayers are with him and with you.

  7. I can’t recall that I ever saw your Dad since I moved away after high school, but I always remembered him and often thought of your family. I hope that all of you are doing well.

  8. Dear Nancy and John, I enjoyed your dad and his family as our neighbors on Lumsden street. I shared one of my memories with him the last time I saw him several years ago. I reminded him of the times when I complained to him that he was ruining the neighborhood for we neighborhood lazy men. I did it each time I saw him washing his car on Saturday mornings. We lazy men NEVER washed our cars.

  9. I began work at the Bur. of Public Roads June 8, 1959, as a 17-year old green country kid from West Virginia. The Bureau made recruiting trips to rural areas and Mr. Tidwell came to my country on those trips. Once I completed my training at the Bureau, I was fortunate to be assigned to the Placement Section in the Personnel Division. Mr. Tidwell was the Branch Chief. He was a true gentlemen, a congenial person to work with, and well-respected. I extend my sincere condolences to the family.

  10. Dear Family and Friends, Our sincere thanks for your kind thoughts and warm memories of our dad, Roy. They have been a comfort and a joy to read. We’re grateful that we were able to spend so many fine years with him, enjoying and benefiting from his strong character, compassion, sense of humor, and all the other qualities that we loved him for. All our best, Nancy, John, and Family

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