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Herman Bryant Stidham

January 15, 1929 – July 15, 2020


Services for Herman Bryant Stidham, age 91, are scheduled for 10:00 AM Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Luna officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Friday, July 17, 2020, at the Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler.


Mr. Stidham was born January 15, 1929, in Tyler to the late Aaron and Ottie Beckham Stidham in the Dixie community. He graduated from Tyler High School and attended Tyler Junior College. He served in the United States Army in England during the Korean conflict.


Herman was the sixth employee hired at the Kelly Springfield Tire Company and retired from the company at age 55. He was a lifelong member of Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church and the Neoma Wilkerson Sunday School class. He loved traveling across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, as well as camping and swimming with his wife, Jonell, and playing with his grandchildren.


Herman was preceded in death by his beloved wife of sixty years, Jonell Stroud Stidham; brothers, Howard Lee and Henry Clifton; sister, Dorothy Nell; nephew, David Bryant Stidham; and an infant son. Survivors include daughter and son in law, Linda and Rick Morris; son and daughter in law, Ronald Bryant Stidham and Robin; son and daughter in law, Clifton Lee Stidham and wife Tammy, all of Tyler. He is also survived by four precious grandchildren, Heath Stidham and wife Jessica, Tyler, TX, Sara Parker and husband Greg, Whitehouse, TX, Ryan Stidham and wife Samantha, Carlisle, PA, and Holly Winfrey and husband Austen, Abilene, TX; and two great grandchildren, Greyson and Eden Parker. Other survivors include his sister, Myrlene Florey, Tyler, TX; his brother, Raymond Stidham, Richardson, TX; and two special friends who cared for him deeply, Lurae Hart and Jim Schultz.


Pallbearers are Heath and Jessica Stidham, Sara and Greg Parker, Ryan and Samantha Stidham, and Holly and Austen Winfrey. Honorary pallbearers are the men and women of the Neoma Wilkerson Sunday School class, Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church.


Donations in his memory may be made to Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church, 417 County Road 1143, Tyler, TX, 75704 (please show “maintenance fund” on the donation).