He was born December 31, 1934 in Leona Mines, Va., to Walter Samuel and Julie Kate (Evans) Cridlin. Fred married his late wife, Donna Kay Marie Tidrow, of San Diego, Ca. On February 3, 1961 in a civil service in San Diego.
The couple moved to Brown County in 1971. Fred was an avid gardener, enjoyed flying making his solo flight, enjoyed woodworking, but his biggest hobby of all was his grandchildren. He enjoyed and loved all of his family dearly.
Fred, a veteran of the U.S. Army, later retired from both Chrysler Corp. in Indianapolis and Arvin Industries in Columbus as a factory foreman.
Fred and Donna had a family farm on Lick Creek Road where they raised cattle & swine. In 1981, Fred and Donna purchased Lawson’s Market & renamed it Need More Grocery. They sold food, snacks, sundries, & bait & provided free entertainment at the store.
Survivors include his son, David (Rebecca) Cridlin, & daughter, Sheila (Shane) Blake all of Nashville. His grandchildren, Dayna Lance, Julita Cridlin, Shelby Blake, & David Scott Cridlin, Jr. and his first great-grandchild, Trey David Garrison. He is also survived by one brother, Nick Samuel Cridlin of Indianapolis.
Fred was preceded in death by his wife Donna on April 30, 2012, his parents, a sister, Cledith Weston, and (2) brothers, Ralph Jordan and Jack Cridlin.
Services will be held Saturday, July 7th at 2:00 P.M. at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville. Burial with military honors by the Brown County Honor Guard will follow at Weeping Willow Cemetery, in Beanblossom. Relatives & friends are welcome to visit the family at the funeral home prior to the service from 10:00 A.M. until time of service.
Memorial contributions are welcome at, Alzheimer’s Assoc., P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D. C. 20090-6011.
In lieu of cut flowers, the family requests floral arrangements in the form of perennial plants that can be dedicated in his honor.
Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
On line condolences may be sent to the family at www.bondmitchellfuneralhome.com.