Darrell Thomas ‘Tom’ Widdows

Darrell Thomas “Tom” Widdows, 87, of Alto Pass, died Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at Southgate Nursing and Rehab in Metropolis. 

He was born on April 1, 1935, in Carbondale, the son of John and Zelda Thomas Widdows.

Mr. Widdows is survived by his sister-in-law, Alice Widdows of Alto Pass; a niece, Sherry (Dean) Sloan of Casey; nephews Brad (Annette) Beeson of Casey, Brian Hoxworth of Alto Pass and Michael (Alexandra) Hoxworth of Crawfordville, Fla.; other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Jerry Beeson; a brother, John Warren Widdows; and a nephew, Kevin Widdows. 

Mr. Widdows graduated from Alto Pass High School in 1955. He always looked forward to the class reunions each summer. 

He worked as an over the road driver for a trailer sales company and enjoyed his days working on the farm. 

He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees during the Vietnam War. He was commissioned on April 3, 1968, serving nine years for his country. He received the Vietnam Service Medal with Fleet Marine Forces Combat Operations, Antarctic Support activity and the National Defense Service Medal. 

 Mr. Widdows was proud to take part in the VFW military graveside rites for fallen veterans. This was a top priority to him when his health would allow. 

He looked forward to attending the annual Navy Seabee reunions where he could catch up with his friends. 

He was a member of the Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of the VFW in Anna, the Cobden American Legion and the Veteran’s Memorial Group of Alto Pass. 

Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 15, at the Alto Pass Cemetery, with Danny Miller officiating. Interment will immediately follow. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. 

Graveside military rites will be conducted by Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of the VFW in Anna and the Navy funeral honor detail. 

Memorials can be made to the Alto Pass Veterans Memorial or to the Alto Pass Cemetery trust or maintenance fund. 

Envelopes will be available at the cemetery and at  Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Alto Pass is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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