Anthony Todd Twiddy, devoted husband, beloved brother, favorite uncle and friend to all, passed away unexpectedly on 17 May 2021. He was born on 20 May 1970 in Aurora, Colorado. Todd suffered a massive heart attack and left us after a brief battle. His husband, Whitney Fair, and sister, Tonya Jiron, had the highest honor to be with him as his soul left our world.
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As anyone who knew him would tell you, Todd was an amazing person who never knew a stranger. He had the best sense of humor and made everyone feel welcome and loved, no matter where he was. Todd had the biggest and most loving heart and would truly give the shirt off of his back if it would give comfort and help to others. He loved to laugh and wanted everyone around him to laugh with him. He would go out of his way and use his quick wit to give them something to laugh about just so they could laugh together. Todd was always up for adventure and good-hearted mischief. Never a dull moment was had when you were with him!
Todd’s life was enriched in many ways. He traveled the world and lived in many great cities. New York City was his favorite with New Orleans a close second. Todd was brave enough to try stand-up comedy and he was good at it. He also loved playing pool and was a pool champion in New York City. Although he experienced many unique and wonderful things throughout his life, it was the simple things he loved the most. Todd was an amazing cook and loved to make Sunday brunch for Whitney as well as Thanksgiving dinner where everyone was welcome. His latest culinary challenge was the art of making bread. Yes, he mastered it! Todd and Whitney enjoyed meeting friends weekly on Monday and Tuesday nights for food, drinks, and lots of laughter.
Todd made a great life for himself, but it was not without hardship. He struck out on his own at an early age and traveled the country, looking for his place in the world. He landed in New York City and thrived there. Sadly, Todd lost many friends and colleagues when the Twin Towers collapsed on 9/11. He did not go to work that day, opting to stay out of town one more day to keep celebrating his friend’s birthday. He suffered tremendous survivors’ guilt and was lost and adrift for many years after. But his life changed forever when he met the love of his life, Whitney. With Whitney, Todd found the true meaning of life. He finally knew true happiness. Todd and Whitney were married on 9 October 2011 and settled in the Atlanta area of Georgia. It was there Todd became a realtor with Keller Williams. This was the perfect career for Todd as it allowed him to meet many friends and truly impact lives. Todd was one of the hardest working people you could ever meet. While he took pride in his real estate career, he was never too prideful to take on other types of work to ensure his little family was taken care of. He was an honest and honorable man, respected by all.
Todd was the youngest of three siblings and the only boy. Younger by 4 and 6 years respectively, he was spoiled by his sisters who suddenly found they had a beautiful towheaded baby doll with huge brown eyes to play with and “take care of”. It was all fun and games until Todd grew older and began to have an opinion of his own. As often happens with siblings, disagreements would arise and his sisters would complain to their mom, only to be told they were reaping what they sowed by spoiling him so much when he was a baby. This was little comfort to two frustrated sisters. Such is life! Todd will forever be the baby brother and his sisters will miss him dearly.
Todd was the uncle every child should have. He was the fun one, fearless and always ready to share adventures with his niece and nephews. They loved to laugh with him, and he always made them feel special. His passing leaves a hole in their hearts which can never be filled.
It cannot go without saying that Todd was a loving son to his devoted mother. Her untimely passing shook us all and he never truly healed from her loss. Todd loved her deeply and they shared a bond that was never severed. We have no doubt she was waiting on the other side with open arms, waiting to welcome him home. We can only imagine how wonderful he feels to be with her again.
Todd is survived by his husband, Whitney Fair of Carthage, Missouri; Rocko McFLy, his African Grey Parrot who chose Todd as her mate for life; father, Isaac Twiddy (Janice) of Thibodeaux, Louisiana; mother-in-law, Karen Fair of Carthage, Missouri; sister Tammy Murphy (Wes) of Ariton, Alabama, sister Tonya Jiron (Ernest) of Mountain Home, Idaho; nephews Shane Jiron (Lacey) of Boise, Idaho, Michael Smith of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Brandon Smith of Slocomb, Alabama, Tyler Register (Michelle) of Enterprise, Alabama; niece Amanda Jiron Grodi (Brett) of Layton, Utah; aunts June Jacobson (Jake) of Joplin, Missouri, Margaret (Mickey) Fry (DJ) of Oronogo, Missouri, Linda Enlow of Neosho, Missouri, Beverly (Bev) Ray of Joplin, Missouri and many great nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his beautiful mother Phyllis Ruth Isler (nee Hailey), Father-in-law Woodrow D. Fair, Aunt Faye and Uncle Kenneth Johnson, Aunt Belle and Uncle Bill Olmsted, Aunt Sharron and Uncle Jim Arnold, Uncle Bud and Aunt Margaret Hailey, and Uncle Manford Enlow.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday at the Mason-Woodard Chapel. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until service time. Burial will follow the service at Forest Park Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Mason Woodard Mortuary and Crematory in Joplin, Missouri.